Tennessee State Guard Receives New Leader

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | 12:29pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Guard received a new commander on August 7, 2016. Brig. Gen. Tommy Baker, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Tennessee National Guard officiated a formal change of command ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center located on Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna Tenn. Brig. Gen. Kenneth T. Takasaki relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Craig Johnson, a former Tennessee Guardsman.

Brig. Gen. Takasaki was appointed to his position in December 2007 by Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., Tennessee's 74th Adjutant General and reappointed in January 2010 by Maj. Gen. Terry "Max" Haston, Tennessee's 75th Adjutant General. Takasaki retires after serving nearly 30 years in Active Duty and Reserve assignments.

Prior to assuming command of the all volunteer force, Brig. Gen. Johnson served with distinction for over 30 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard. In his last assignment he served as Commander, 194th Engineer Brigade, headquartered in Jackson, Tenn.

Brig. Gen. Johnson holds a Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee School of Law. He is a licensed attorney and has been a Circuit Judge in the 14th Judicial District of the State of Tennessee since 1998, where he presides over criminal felony trials and civil jury trials. He is also a graduate of the National Judicial Academy in Reno, Nevada and the Administrative Office of the Courts Tennessee
Judicial Academy.

The Tennessee State Guard is the all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department and is headquartered in Nashville. It consists of approximately 500 personnel and is authorized by Tennessee Code Annotated 58 1-401.

Brig. Gen. Kenneth Takasaki (L) relinquishes the colors to Brig. Gen. Tommy Baker, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Tennessee National Guard (2nd from left) prior to transferring them to Brig. Gen. Craig Johnson (2nd from right).
(Photo by: Staff Sgt. Tim Belcher, Joint Public Affairs, Tennessee National Guard)