LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) –– California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a new head of the California National Guard.

The appointment on Saturday of Col. David Baldwin comes less than a month after state senators probed Guard officials about alleged fraud involving student loan repayments and cash bonuses.

The 47-year-old Baldwin replaces Adjutant Gen. Mary J. Kight, who was appointed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last year.

The appointment still requires state Senate confirmation.

The governor’s office says Baldwin has been with the Guard for more than 29 years and has served two combat tours in Afghanistan. He most recently served in Afghanistan as deputy commanding officer of the 101st Air Assault Division Tactical Command Post.

He has previously served as the Guard’s chief of the Joint Staff from 2009 to 2010 and director of plans and operations from 2004 to 2009.

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Comments (2)
  1. Andre says:

    Someday..Californians will see the decisions are made by the feds..the Gov. Merely signs the appointment orders. And it is in the feds best interests to continue this line of leadership for California. Kight came from outside the graced circle and was cleaning up. Too bad she wasn’t given the opportunity to continue on.
    The journalist attacking the Ca National Guard leadership is causing hardship to Ca soldiers. Not leadership. They are laying off soldiers in droves. And they never worked in recruiting. These are soldiers in mechanic, admin., and operation specialities. The $22 million that was allegedly re-apportioned to hire temporary SAD soldiers for recruiting in Sacramento was supposed to pay a federal fund for Temporary Federal Technicians. That $ is gone. The soldiers have been laid off. Many are homeless and living in tent cities or cars throughout Ca. That re-apportionement of money happened under a different watch. The effects are still rippling across the State.
    In California, was the recruitment quota that desperate?

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