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First African-American Promoted to General in Georgia Guard

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joewellsHistory was made Saturday in the ranks of the Georgia National Guard.  The Army promoted the first African-American to the rank of general in the Georgia National Guard.

General Joe Wells broke a barrier and his long career in the Georgia National Guard led to the one star he received.

General Wells had served as director of intelligence at the Georgia Army National Guard Joint Forces headquarters in Atlanta.

Before the pinning ceremony, he honored his wife, mother and daughters with roses for the sacrifices they made during his military career.

General Wells is a pilot for Continental Airlines and flies the Boeing 777.

General Wells will now head to Fort Huachuca, Arizona to serve as the Deputy Command General of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center.

There are 9,000 men and women serving the Georgia National Guard and their missions include everything from combat infantry to engineering.


Written by Symphony

January 11, 2009 at 10:17 am

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  1. First Afro American Army active duty to be promoted to Brig. General from GA. December 5. 2104 . Brig. Gen. Jonathan McColumn. Born in Georgia, Warner Robins, GA. Ceremony to be held @ Warner Robins Air Force Base. 10 a.m.

    J. McColumn

    November 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

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