Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumes command

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.

Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Jennifer Kjelvik, wife of Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik, pin Kjelvik’s first star Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.

Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, administers the oath of office to Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik during an assumption of command ceremony, Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Kjelvik assumed command as the Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.

Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, administers the oath of office to Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik during an assumption of command ceremony, Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Kjelvik assumed command as the Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.

Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik stands at attention following his promotion, Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Kjelvik was promoted to brigadier general prior to his assumption of command as the Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.

Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presents the one-star flag to newly-promoted Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik, Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Kjelvik was promoted prior to his assumption of command as the Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.

Chieft Master Sgt. Jay Ellis, Virginia State Command Chief, unfurls the flag of a United States Air Force brigadier general to be presented to newly-promoted Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik, Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Kjelvik was promoted prior to his assumption of command as the Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.

Father Jim Griffin gives the invocation at Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik's assumption of command ceremony as the Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander, Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Father Griffin is the brother of Army Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, who was in attendance at the ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.

Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Air Force Col. Marshall L. Kjelvik, stand at attention during the publishing of orders for Kjelvik's promotion, Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Kjelvik was promoted from colonel to brigadier general prior to his assumption of command as the Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.

Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Jennifer Kjelvik, wife of Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik, pin Kjelvik’s first star Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander assumption of command ceremony.
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Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik stands at attention following his promotion, Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia. Kjelvik was promoted to brigadier general prior to his assumption of command as the Virginia National Guard Air Component Commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Kellyann Novak)

SANDSTON, Va. -- SANDSTON, Va. – Members of the Virginia National Guard welcome newly-promoted Air Force Brig. Gen. Marshall L. Kjelvik as the incoming Air Component Commander during a promotion and assumption of command ceremony Dec. 7, 2017, at Joint Force Headquarters-Virginia in Sandston, Virginia.

Army Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, presided over the ceremony and later stated, “It’s truly an honor and privilege to be a part of today’s promotion. Brig. Gen. Kjelvik is a great officer and leader with a solid track record of innovation and determination. I know he will lead the Virginia Air National Guard to new heights!”

After Williams’ opening remarks, Kjelvik was promoted from colonel to brigadier general. Kjelvik’s wife, Jennifer, joined Williams in the pinning of Kjelvik’s new rank insignia.

“The use of the star to signify the rank of a general officer can be traced to a June 1780 decree by Gen. George Washington during the war of American independence,” said Air Force Capt. Fallon Martin, narrator of the ceremony. “The star is the oldest continually used rank in the United States’ military.”

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jay Ellis, Virginia State Command Chief, and Master Sgt. Cynthia Meekins, Human Resource Specialist (Information Systems), assisted in the presentation of the personal colors to Kjelvik. Ellis unfurled the encased flag of a United States Air Force brigadier general. This flag will be present at all official military functions officiated by Kjelvik and visibly displayed in the general’s office.

After Kjelvik stated, “I assume command,” Williams presented him with the one-star flag and administered the oath of office. Kjelvik’s oath and acceptance of the flag signified his acceptance of his new grade and position as ACC, Virginia Air National Guard.

As the ACC, Kjelvik is responsible for leading the Virginia Air National Guard, assisting and empowering Virginia Airmen in executing their respective plans, programs and missions. He analyzes and evaluates training programs and operational readiness levels to determine mission capability and unit effectiveness. He is the primary advisor to the Adjutant General of Virginia on ANG state and federal readiness.

“It is a privilege and an honor to serve the VANG as the Air Component Commander. The Virginia ANG is a diverse team serving in multiple missions with a bright future,” said Kjelvik.

Kjelvik enlisted in 1982 and earned his commission as a distinguished graduate of the ANG Academy of Military Science in 1984. He transferred from the North Dakota ANG to the VaANG in 2007 and has served in numerous command and staff positions. As an instructor/evaluator and command pilot with over 2,800 flying hours in the F-16 and F-4, Kjelvik served as commander of the 192nd Mission Support Group at Langley Air Force Base prior to his most recent position as the VaANG Director of Staff.
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Issue #14 of the 2018 Commonwealth's Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at https://go.usa.gov/xUkYn. Please share the newsletter link with anyone you think would enjoy keeping up to date with the Virginia National Guard. Please visit https://go.usa.gov/xUkfU to subscribe to the newsletter via email. In This Issue: 529th CSSB ordered to mobilize for federal active duty Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYa Virginia cyber warriors join New England exercise Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYY Bissell takes command of NATO Headquarters Sarajevo Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYg Va. National Guard aviation battalion trains around the state Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkY4 192nd Security Forces Squadron trains to shoot, move and communicate Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYb DMA conducts first-ever Supervisor Course Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xUkYW
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