Oklahomans In Line For A Promotion

Tuesday, November 18th 2008, 3:05 pm
By: News On 6


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Two Oklahomans have been nominated by President George W. Bush for military promotions.

According to a news release from the Pentagon Tuesday, Air Force Maj. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III was nominated for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general with assignment as director, Air National Guard, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

General "Bud" Wyatt is currently serving as the adjutant general for the state of Oklahoma.

Air Force Maj. Gen. Loren Reno has been nominated for appointment to the grade of lieutenant general with assignment as deputy chief of staff, Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Reno is currently serving as commander, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Air Force Materiel Command at Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City.

Wyatt has spent a lot of time in Tulsa where he rose through the ranks from pilot to commander at the Tulsa Air National Guard base.

Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry released the following statement regarding Wyatt's nomination:

"This is a great honor for General Wyatt and a great honor for Oklahoma. I've always said we had the best adjutant general in the country, and the latest announcement is certainly confirmation of that.  

"During his tenure in my administration, General Wyatt has done great things for Oklahoma, our Military Department and our National Guard, providing much-needed leadership in a critical and historic time for our state and country.  He's led our troops during their service in Iraq and Afghanistan and has helped Oklahomans respond to numerous natural disasters and emergencies at home. In short, he's served with the highest honor and distinction and will be a hard act to follow.

"I greatly appreciate General Wyatt's selfless, dedicated service to our state and our troops, and we will certainly miss his leadership.  However, I understand this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him and for Oklahoma, and I wish him well and look forward to working with him in his new role."

Both men's new ranks now must be confirmed by the U.S. Congress.