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State Guard names 1st black general

The Indiana National Guard has promoted its first black to the rank of general.

Col. Wayne Black was promoted to brigadier general Saturday at the Indiana War Memorial, according to a statement.

He accepted the position of Indiana’s Army assistant adjutant general.

Black has nearly 30 years of active and National Guard experience.

“I am proud and honored to earn the rank of general,” Black said in the statement.

“I hope to assist and encourage other minorities and all of the Indiana National Guard soldiers and airmen.”

Black will help Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger lead Indiana’s National Guard of almost 14,000 service members.

“While Black represents the seven core Army values, his sense of duty, loyalty and selfless service helped him achieve promotion to a general officer … One of only seven others in the Indiana National Guard,” Umbarger said.