Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday that he appointed Col. Stephen Logan, the current chief of staff of the Hawaii Army National Guard, as deputy adjutant general of the state Department of Defense.

Logan’s appointment is effective Dec. 6. He will replace Kenneth Hara, who Ige picked to lead the defense department as adjutant general in October. Hara also takes his new position Dec. 6.

Ige chose Logan for his experience assisting in various disasters in Hawaii as well as his working relationship with Hara, Ige said in a written statement. Logan was previously deployed to Afghanistan and in 2018 served as deputy commander for task forces responding to the Kilauea eruption on the Big island and Hurricane Lane.

Logan’s appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation.

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