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First woman to lead Texas Military Dept takes command

Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, Texas Adjutant General, is congratulated by Secretary of Energy and former governor of Texas Rick Perry during the Adjutant General Change of Command ceremony at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas on January 12, 2019. As Texas Adjutant General Norris will command the nation's largest National Guard. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Cpl. Alexander Logan.

The first woman in Texas history to lead the state’s military department took command Saturday at a ceremony at Camp Mabry.

Major General Tracy Norris was appointed as new Adjunct General of Texas by Governor Greg Abbott after Maj. Gen. John Nichols announced his retirement last November.

“Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris has a distinguished career, and I am honored to appoint her Adjutant General of Texas,” said Gov. Abbott. “General Norris exemplifies the values of service and sacrifice, and her record is nothing short of impeccable. Under her leadership, the Texas Military Department will continue its strong legacy of service to the Lone Star State.”

Maj. Gen. Norris will lead more than 24,000 Texas Military Department service members comprising the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard.

The change of command ceremony, a tradition representing the formal transfer of authority from one commanding officer to another, was attended by Texas Secretary of State David Whitley and United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

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