Change in command at VT National Guard

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A 35-year military veteran is poised to assume command of the Vermont National Guard.

On Friday Army Col. Gregory Knight will become the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard in a ceremony at Camp Johnson in Colchester.

Knight was elected to the post last month by the Legislature. Vermont is the only state in the country where the adjutant general is chosen by the Legislature.

Knight is promising to change the culture of the guard to make it more accommodating to women. He also promised to focus on recruiting more members into the Guard, which is more than 10 percent below its authorized strength of about 3,650.

The adjutant leads the guard during state emergencies and ensures the troops are ready when called to active duty.

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