Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, is to take command of the 80-member Washington State Guard following a promotion ceremony Aug. 13 at Camp Murray near Tacoma.
Klippert is to be promoted to full colonel immediately prior to the change-of-command ceremony. He succeeds Col. Terry Larue.
“Brad brings to the position nearly 30 years of military service, and he knows our organization well – both as a traditional soldier and a member of the state Legislature,” Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, adjutant general for the Washington Military Department, said in a release announcing the change of command.
Klippert is running for re-election against Republican Rick Jansons on Nov. 8 to represent Legislative District 8 in the Washington House of Representatives. Klippert is also a full-time deputy with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department.
Klippert has a 28-year military career that includes 20 years as a Chinook helicopter pilot with the Army National Guard and three deployments. He retired from the National Guard as a lieutenant colonel on May 31.
He was invited to continue his military role as leader of the Washington State Guard.
The two groups are distinct entities operating under the state’s military department. The National Guard can be federally activated while the State Guard cannot. Both respond to state-level emergencies such as fires and floods.
The State Guard formed after a 1903 federal bill that nationalized the National Guard. The Washington National Guard has about 8,200 members.
The promotion and change-of-command ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Aug. 13 at Camp Murray, home of the Washington State Guard.