March 6, 2021

Stevens County Times

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Hokanson heads guards who are assigned to inauguration

Video interview from the Today Show

A familiar name could be heard when watching news coverage of Inauguration Day. General Daniel Hokanson is the Chief of the National Guard Bureau. He is in charge of the 25,000 National Guard Troops who will be guarding the capital on that day.

Hokanson has several relatives in Stevens County. His father was Bob Hokanson and mother Diane Kieffer, both originally from Morris. His grandfather was Walter Hokanson of Morris. There are many aunts, uncles and cousins in the area. After marriage, his parents moved to Happy Camp, California where Daniel went to school. He then attended the College of the Sikiyous before being accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Hokanson graduated from West Point in 1986 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Aviation branch. Hokanson left the regular army in July 1995 and became a member of the Army Reserve Control Group. He then began his career as a member of the Army National Guard. In 2010 he was promoted to brigadier general and in August 2015 was selected for appointment as deputy commander of the United States Northern Command. In March 2019, the president nominated Hokanson to succeed Timothy J. Kadavy as Director of the Army National Guard.

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie of the Today Show, Hokanson stated that the guards would be providing security on Inauguration Day and also doing logistic and communication support. Guthrie asked him about the rules of engagement and if any guards could be part of the extremist group. 

“We don’t allow extremism of any type in our organization,” General Hokanson replied. “We’re making sure that our folks are trained and ready for anything they’re going to be asked to do.”