Brig. Gen. Donna M. Prigmore took command Saturday, Jan. 5, if the Oregon National Guard's Air Component.

COURTESY PHOTO: SGT. 1ST CLASS APRIL DAVIS/OREGON MILITARY DEPARTMENT - Brig. Genl Donna Prigmore was sworn in Saturday, Jan. 5, as the new leader for the Oregon National Guard's Air Component.Brig. Gen. Donna M. Prigmore became Saturday, Jan. 5, the first woman to lead the Oregon National Guard's Air Component.

Prigmore assumed command of the operation of two fighter wings stationed in Oregon during a ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem. She replaces Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, who will deploy in support of joint operations in Africa.

Prigmore was promoted in August to the rank of brigadier general.

The Air Component Commander leads the 173rd and 142nd Fighter Wings, special tactics and air control squadrons and more than 2,400 military and civilian personnel. In her new role, Prigmore will lead the groups that are part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command's defensive response and missions of emergency response, relief and recovery operations in Oregon.

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