Walker swears in new National Guard general officer

Walker swears in new National Guard general officer

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday helped swear in the state’s new National Guard general officer.

Col. David O’Donahue’s promotion was marked with a formal pinning ceremony. O’Donahue, of Ashland, will manage the Guard’s response to domestic events, including state emergencies and natural disasters.

“(It’s) quite an honor, unexpected to say the least. In fact, I was at a point where I thought my career was likely coming to an end just based on time, and then this opportunity came along, so I’m certainly grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve,” O’Donahue said.

O’Donahue started working with the National Guard in 1991 and has held a number of assignments. He also served in Iraq as part of operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.