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MING TAG addresses 127th Wing

During an orientation visit, Brig. Gen. Paul Rogers, the adjutant general, Michigan National Guard, Jocelyn Benson, Michigan secretary of state, her husband Ryan Friedrichs, Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, assistant adjutant general and Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, 127th Wing and Base commander had the opportunity to sit down for lunch and tour the base.

During an orientation visit, Brig. Gen. Paul Rogers, the adjutant general, Michigan National Guard, Jocelyn Benson, Michigan secretary of state, her husband Ryan Friedrichs, Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, assistant adjutant general and Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, 127th Wing and Base commander had the opportunity to sit down for lunch and tour the base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Munnaf Joarder)

Brig. Gen. Paul Rogers addresses 127th Wing Airmen readying for deployment.

Brig. Gen. Paul Rogers addresses 127th Wing Airmen readying for deployment.

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- On only his third day of duty as Michigan’s adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Paul Rogers, visited Selfridge today, and along with Maj. Gen. Leonard Isabelle, assistant adjutant general, and Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum, 127th Wing commander, briefly addressed a group of Airmen set to deploy overseas.
“I have a great admiration for you because you volunteer to do this,” Rogers said. “How many have never deployed before?”
Only a few hands in the audience rose in response to the question, representing a very small percentage.
Rogers was appointed by incoming Michigan Gov. Gretchen Witmeyer, whose first two acts after being inaugurated Tuesday were to conduct the change of command between outgoing Lt. Gen. Gregory Vadnais and Rogers. The second was to call a currently deployed unit of the Michigan National Guard.
“I’m truly proud to be your adjutant general,” Rogers told the group. “I look forward to hearing about your successes and welcoming you when you come home.”