Indiana National Guard holds change of command ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Military history was made Saturday at the Indiana War Memorial.

A change of command ceremony took place as long-time National Guard Major General Martin Umbarger officially retired.

Umbarger served 45 years in the military.

Taking over as the National Guard’s top commander is Brigadier General Courtney Carr.

Carr first joined the Army in 1983, and he has been leading Indiana National Guard units since 1991.

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During the ceremony, Carr thanked Umbarger for his service and Gov. Pence for the honor to serve.

“I’m excited to lead this great organization and I’m confident that we stand ready to answer your call to support our fellow Hoosiers and to answer our nation’s call when needed,” Carr said.

Umbarger served 11 years as adjutant general.

Only one person has served longer as Indiana’s top military commander.