Indiana Guard has 1st black brigadier general

INDIANAPOLIS - A colonel who has nearly 30 years of military experience has become the first black brigadier general in the Indiana National Guard.

The Indiana National Guard held a promotion ceremony Saturday for Wayne Black at the Indiana War Memorial. He is a 1984 Citadel graduate and will be an assistant adjutant general in the Guard.

Black joined the Indiana Army National Guard in 1996. He was most recently deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 as the commander of an embedded training team that provided training, mentorship and oversight to the Afghan National Police and the Border Police.

"I am proud and honored to earn the rank of general,” said Black, in a statement released by the Indiana National Guard. “I hope to assist and encourage other minorities and all of the Indiana National Guard soldiers and airmen.”

Black’s family and friends celebrated the historic event with him.

“I am proud to be a part of it. He is a special kind of guy,” said Alonzo Jefferson, Black’s brother-in-law of over 20 years who flew in from Florida to attend. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

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