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Army Brig. Gen. Leland Blanchard, land component commander, District of Columbia National Guard, was promoted in front of a large audience at The Army National Guard Readiness Center. The ceremony host was Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director, Army National Guard. Jensen was among the leaders who supported Leland on his journey to becoming brigadier general.
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WASHINGTON - Army Brig. Gen. Leland Blanchard, land component commander, District of Columbia National Guard, was promoted in front of a large audience at The Army National Guard Readiness Center. The ceremony host was Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director, Army National Guard. Jensen was among the leaders who supported Leland on his journey to becoming brigadier general. Leland's lengthy and accomplished career dates back to 1995 when he enlisted as a Mortarman with the 82nd Airborne Division. He never steered away from a challenge, yet embraced it in every assignment he was given; including infantryman, platoon leader, company executive officer, infantry company commander, assistant executive officer to the director of the Army National Guard, cavalry squadron commander, positions at Central Command (CENTCOM) and National Training Center (NTC), chief of training for the Army National Guard, Professional Education Center (PEC) commander, and deputy director for operations and training (G3/5/7). Leland attributes his success to his wife Michelle, his parents, and the NCOs that were by his side along the way.


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