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Minnesota National Guard to celebrate first African American General

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15

ST PAUL, Minn - Air Col David Hamlar Jr is scheduled to be promoted to Brigadier General during a pinning ceremony, Aug 18, in St Paul Hamlar is the first African American to achieve the rank of Brigadier General in the Minnesota National Guard

"Col Hamlar is not only an extraordinary leader in the Minnesota National Guard, he is an accomplished surgeon specializing in the reconstruction of skull deformities and brain tumors," said Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash "Hamlar's talent and both military and civilian skills makes him an incredible asset to not only our organization, but to the community as a whole"

After six years in the Ohio National Guard, Hamlar joined the Minnesota National Guard's 133rd Airlift Wing as a traditional guardsmen and general practice physician in 1995 Hamlar has served in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Strom, and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and numerous military humanitarian efforts around the world

Hamlar received his doctorate in 1989, and after a residency in otolaryngology at The Ohio State University in 1994 and a fellowship in facial plastic/reconstructive surgery at the University of Minnesota in 1995 Hamlar joined the faculty was appointed Assistant Professor, and helped direct the Craniofacial Skull Base Center in the Department of Otolaryngology He specializes in and provides care for patients with cleft lip and palate, craniofacial deformities and children born with misshapen skulls His expertise extends to traumatic injuries as well which has been crucial in the care of our troops both home and abroad

An avid sports enthusiast he is a consultant for Minnesota Gopher Sports teams, the Minnesota Vikings and Timberwolves, and has been a team physician with the Minnesota Wild since 2003

Brig Gen Hamlar will serve as the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Minnesota National Guard, overseeing Minnesota National Guard units and maintaining two high-quality Air National Guard Wings assigned to the state of Minnesota

The promotion ceremony will take place Monday, Aug 18 at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul, Minn, at 3 pm

Members of the media and general public are invited to attend the ceremony

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

View Brig Gen Hamlar's complete military bio and his complete professional bio

Click on the photo below to download a high-resolution photo of Brig Gen David Hamlar Jr

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