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Gov. Riley appoints Ala. Guard commander

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Maj. Gen. A.C. Blalock was appointed Wednesday as the new commanding general of the Alabama National Guard.

Blalock, 59, was named the state’s new adjutant general by Gov. Bob Riley, has been commander of the National Guard’s 167th Theater Sustainment Command in Birmingham since 2005.

Blalock replaces Maj. Gen. Mark Bowen, who resigned in May after the Army released a report that Bowen had an improper relationship with a female officer in his command.

Alabama Air National Guard commander Maj. Gen. John White has been serving as acting Guard commander since Bowen resigned in May.

“I am honored by this appointment,” Blalock said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to continue my service to the state of Alabama and the great soldiers who make up the Alabama National Guard.”

Riley said Blalock was qualified for the Cabinet-level position.

“He is a highly decorated and qualified military man, with the proven leadership experience to lead Alabama’s dedicated soldiers,” Riley said.

A 1971 graduate of Auburn University, Blalock has held five different command positions in the Alabama National Guard.

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