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Delaware National Guard welcomes new Adjutant General

U.S. Army Brig. Gen Michael Berry renders his first salute to the Delaware National Guard during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. Berry has served in the Delaware Army National Guard since 1988 and has served in multiple command positions throughout his career. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Specilist Laura Michael)

U.S. Army Brig. Gen Michael Berry renders his first salute to the Delaware National Guard during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. Berry has served in the Delaware Army National Guard since 1988 and has served in multiple command positions throughout his career. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Specialist Laura Michael)

Delaware Governor John Carney addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. Berry’s nomination was selected by Carney and was confirmed by the Delaware State Senate. . (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

Delaware Governor John Carney addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. Berry’s nomination was selected by Carney and was confirmed by the Delaware State Senate. . (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Berry receives the Delaware National Guard guideon during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. After 42 years of distinguished and dedicated service, Timmons will retire from the DNG. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Berry receives the Delaware National Guard guideon during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. After 42 years of distinguished and dedicated service, Timmons will retire from the DNG. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

The Delaware National Guard present the colors during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. Prior to his new position as The Adjutant General, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Berry served as the Director of the DNG Joint Staff. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

The Delaware National Guard present the colors during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. Prior to his new position as The Adjutant General, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Berry served as the Director of the DNG Joint Staff. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. Timmons served as the first female TAG of the DNG and first female Major General in the DNG. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons addresses the crowd during a change of command ceremony at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019. Timmons served as the first female TAG of the DNG and first female Major General in the DNG. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Katherine Miller)

NEW CASTLE, Del. --

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons, The Adjutant General - Air, Delaware National Guard, relinquished command of the DNG to U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Berry at the Army Aviation Facility, New Castle, Del., March 2, 2019.

Berry assumed command from Timmons, who is retiring from the DNG after 42 years of dedicated service.

Distinguished visitors from across the state of Delaware and the National Guard were in attendance for the event. Delaware Governor John Carney, Delaware Senior Senator John Carper, General Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Command Sergeant Major, Christopher Kepner as well as family, friends, Airmen and Soldiers attended the ceremony.

“The strength of our force,” said Lengyl, “Is the men and woman who serve in our ranks, who you have lead marvelously for 42 years, and it’s the contributions you have made to our nation and the example you have set for others that make our force better.”

Carney went on to give an overview of Berry’s military career and accomplishments and why he selected Berry as the next TAG.

“From the first time I met General Berry, I knew he was no joke,” said Carney. “He is a Soldiers’ Soldier. You only have to send a minute with him to come away with knowing he is straight forward, he’s hard working and he’s completely dedicated to the DNG.”

Berry has served in the Delaware Army National Guard since 1988 and has served in multiple command positions throughout his career. Prior to his new position as The Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Michael Berry served as the Director of the DNG Joint Staff. He is also a recently retired Delaware State Police lieutenant, and was Deputy Troop Commander for Troop 4 in Georgetown before ending his 28-year Delaware State Police career.

The new TAG addressed the crowd and gave encouraging words to the DNG as he accepted his new position and responsibilities.

“I pledge to continue to uphold your values and represent our organization,” said Berry. “Thank you.”