FARGO — North Dakota National Guard Brig. Gen. Darrin K. Anderson was promoted to general officer, Saturday, April 10, at the Air National Guard Base in Fargo.

Anderson assumed the role of assistant adjutant general for air from outgoing Brig. Gen. Todd M. Branden, who retired.

Previously, Anderson had been the commander of the 119th Wing, known as the Happy Hooligans, from August 2018 to March 2021. Branden had been the assistant adjutant general for Air since October 2017.

Among those in attendance were Sen. Kevin Cramer and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, the North Dakota adjutant general.

"Darrin Anderson's dedicated service to the North Dakota Guard, his wealth of experience and ability to be a visionary, strategic-thinking leader has led to this promotion," Dohrmann said at the ceremony.

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Anderson credited the airmen of the 119th Wing for his promotion. "This is a remarkable organization that all of you helped build and sustain, and I can't thank you all enough," Anderson said.

The "Hooligan Way", Anderson said, consisted of "very strong culture, a tireless work ethic, a spirit of innovation, empowerment and tenacity,"

A retirement ceremony for Branden followed, commemorating his 42 years of service in the North Dakota National Guard.

"Today we honor a man who's served a lifetime,” Dohrmann remarked. "Congratulations on an incredible career; it has been a distinct honor to serve with you."

Branden was presented with the Legion of Merit, awarded to an armed forces member who has distinguished themselves via "exceptionally meritorious conduct in performing outstanding services," a news release said.