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Called up: Mikolaities tapped for NH Guard

August 23. 2017 9:41PM

Gov. Chris Sununu is asking one of New Hampshire’s most decorated soldiers to serve in a new capacity.

Sununu on Wednesday nominated New Hampshire Army National Guard Col. David Mikolaities to be adjutant general. Mikolaities is a solid choice.

If confirmed, Mikolaities would be responsible for the readiness of New Hampshire’s Army and Air National Guard units, for emergencies such as natural disasters and search and rescue operations, and in case they are called to active duty.

The military has leaned heavily on the Guard for the past 16 years, and the strain is felt by its citizen-soldiers and their families. Guard members may have once served for years without being deployed. Now, most members have been called up several times. Mikolaities and his family know what they are going through.

Mikolaities was born in Manchester, and his distinguished career took him to West Point, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and earned him a Bronze Star.

New Hampshire’s next adjutant general needs to lead Guard units that are being asked to do more, and with less time for training. Executive councilors should look at Mikolaities’ record for the experience and leadership needed for the job.

Mikolaities has already served New Hampshire and the United States proudly. He stands ready to do so once more.


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