June 11, 2010
McDonnell appoints Wright as acting adjutant general of Virginia
By Maj. Cotton Puryear
Virginia Guard Public Affairs
RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell will not reappoint Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr. as the adjutant general of Virginia and named Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright as the acting adjutant general effective June 11, 2010. Wright most recently served as the chief of staff of the Virginia Air National Guard, and he will lead the Virginia Guard as the governor searches for Newman’s replacement.
Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright
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“The Virginia National Guard is a pretty proud organization, but we need to keep striving to improve and get better. I want us to be a world-class organization,” Wright said.
"General Newman is a dedicated public servant who has served Virginia well," said McDonnell spokesman Stacey Johnson. "The governor thanks him for all that he has done for our nation and our commonwealth and wishes him the very best." Gov. Tim Kaine appointed Newman adjutant general in January 2006.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the adjutant general of Virginia for the last four and a half years,” Newman said. “I could not be more proud of the Virginia Guard's Soldiers and Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force for their outstanding service to both commonwealth and country. I would also like to extend a special thanks to the families and employers of these great Virginians for their support that has been so critical to the Guard's success.”
Newman said the Virginia Guard has demonstrated its tremendous capability and professionalism here in Virginia and on federal active duty overseas. “Whether it was fighting fires in Southwest Virginia, rescuing snow-bound motorists along I-81 or delivering food and water to Virginians in need, the Virginia Guard has demonstrated to the citizens of the commonwealth that the Guard will work with our state and local emergency agency partners to provide a fast, effective and well-coordinated response when called by the governor,” Newman said. “As our nation continues to fight the Global War on Terror, our Virginian Soldiers and Airmen are making a significant contribution in defending the ideals of freedom.”
Newman wished Wright success in his new role and expressed confidence in Wright’s ability to provide “outstanding leadership” during the transition period as the governor searches for the new adjutant general.
Wright most recently served as the chief of staff of the Virginia Air National Guard. He entered the United States Air Force and received his commission in 1981 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. He transitioned from active duty to the Georgia Air National Guard in 1992. He has a Master of Science in International Relations from Troy State University and is a graduate of the Air War College. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force and Army Commendation Medals.
Wright’s responsibilities have included the establishment of command and control policy of the Virginia Air National Guard to include the Joint Force Headquarters, 192d Fighter Wing, 203d RED HORSE Squadron and the 200th Weather Flight, ensuring both peacetime and wartime readiness capabilities. Wright has held various leadership and command positions at the squadron, group, wing and major command levels. His past duty assignments have involved operations as well as formal training of United States Air Force and allied Command and Control personnel. Wright is a Master Air Battle Manager with qualifications in six ground-based Command and Control systems including joint and allied systems.
Wright lives in Carrollton, Virginia, is married and has four children.