Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Thursday announced the appointment of Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara to be the adjutant general for the state of Hawaii Department of Defense.

The appointment is effective Dec. 6. Hara replaces Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan, who is retiring.

Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara. Courtesy photograph

Hara, according to a press release, has served as the deputy adjutant general since January.

He has has served in command positions during deployments to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

“In addition to his federal mobilizations, Hara has served on several state missions in support of local authorities,” says the press release.

“Most notably he played key roles in the response following Hurricane Iniki in 1992, after an earthquake struck the island of Hawaii in 2006, and as the Dual Status Commander of Joint Task Force 5-0 in support of the Kilauea volcanic eruption and Hurricane Lane responses in 2018.”

Hara’s appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation.

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