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958California National Guard and Secretary of Veteran Affairs appointments

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  • Phelps Hobart
    Apr 29, 2011
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      Three appointments - all Republicans if that matters. None of the appointees are members of the Navy League. There is additional information on the Internet about these individuals, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, etc. 
      Information on the history of the California Naval Militia, a branch of the California National Guard, may be found at http://www.militarymuseum.org/CNM.html and http://law.justia.com/codes/california/2009/mvc/280-301.html.

      Totally unrelated but of note: Governor Brown issued a sweeping Executive Order to halt state employee travel that is not mission-critical. This Executive Order comes one week after the Governor ordered state agencies and departments to recover millions of dollars in uncollected salary and travel advances. 04-26-2011 http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17007 http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17008
      Phelps Hobart
      Vice President - Veteran Affairs
      Pacific Central Region
      Pacific Southwest Region
      Navy League of the United States
      PS For introductory information on the Navy League's Sea Service Veterans support program see: http://www.navyleague.org/councils/Council_Guides/Anchor-%20Program-Mentor-Support-Guide-July2009.pdf.

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      Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 11:52 AM
      Subject: Peter James Gravett Appoiinted CalVet Secretary

      California Department of Veterans Affairs

      News For Veterans

      Contact: JP Tremblay

      Jaime A. Arteaga


      April 29, 2011

      Peter James Gravett Appointed CalVet Secretary

      Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today appointed Peter James Gravett as Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Gravett, of Rolling Hills Estates, is a retired major general with more than 35 years of commissioned service in the California National Guard with service in ten countries. He has been the state chair for the Southern California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee since 2007. He is currently a principal business associate at Traiden Global Solutions, where he has worked since 2008.

      Previously, Gravett served as president and chief executive officer of Gravett and Associates from 2002 to 2008. Before retiring from the Guard, he served as commander of the 40th Infantry Division from 1999, when he was promoted to major general, to 2002, becoming the first African-American division commander in the 225-year history of the United States National Guard. In this role, Gravett served a dual assignment in Kiev , Ukraine with the Partnership for Peace program.

      Previously, Gravett served as assistant division commander-support from 1996, when he was promoted to brigadier general, to 1999. In 1990, Gravett was promoted to colonel, and he served as commander of an armor brigade from 1993 to 1996, and division chief of staff from 1990 to 1993. He served as division provost marshal, military police battalion commander, armor battalion commander, division civil-military operations officer and armor brigade executive officer after he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1981.

      As a major, from 1976 to 1980 Gravett served as an assistant division logistics officer and a division transportation officer. From 1974 to 1975 he served as a logistics officer, intelligence officer and acting operations officer. Gravett also served as an armored cavalry troop commander from 1971 to 1974. He began his commissioned service as a military police platoon leader and an armored cavalry troop platoon leader in 1968.


      Note to editors: This News for Veterans and previous CDVA news releases, advisories and newsletters are available on our website at www.calvet.ca.gov and via email from Jaime.Arteaga@....

      This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $175,000. Gravett is a Republican.


      LOS ALAMITOS – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced the following appointments.

      Colonel David Baldwin, 47, of Fair Oaks, has been appointed as the Adjutant General of the California National Guard. Baldwin has served the California National Guard for more than 29 years and has served two combat tours in Afghanistan. He currently serves with the United States Army as the deputy commanding officer of the 101st Air Assault Division Tactical Command Post in Afghanistan and previously served as the executive officer to the commanding general of the Combined Forces Command in Afghanistan during a nine month tour in 2004. Baldwin’s history with the California National Guard includes serving as the chief of the Joint Staff from 2009 to 2010, director of plans and operations from 2004 to 2009, deputy director of government and community affairs from 1996 to 2004, state budget officer from 1994 to 1996, and emergency plans and operations officer from 1986 to 1994. He also served as the commander of the 40th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from 2007 to 2009. Baldwin holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $180,201. Baldwin is a Republican.

      Colonel Matthew Beevers, 47, of Felton, has been appointed Assistant Adjutant General of the California National Guard. Beevers has served with the California Army National Guard for nearly 28 years, including tours of duty in Bosnia and Afghanistan, and is currently assigned as the commander of the 100th Troop Command. He is the director of operations for the California National Guard and previously served as the director of homeland security training and exercise program. Beevers holds a Master of Science from the United States Army War College, a Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University, and an Associate of Arts from the New Mexico Military Institute . This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $139,194. Beevers is a Republican.

      For more on these appointments, contact the California National Guard Public Affairs Office at 916-854-3304.