CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Major General James Hoyer, the Adjutant General, West Virginia Joint Forces Headquarters-West Virginia, will retire and transition to a new role, according to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice.
Hoyer has spent 40 years in uniform and been Adjutant General for nearly 10 years, according to the governor. Justice said Hoyer expressed his desire to retire from the uniform but wants to continue serving the Mountain State in a different role.
The governor says the state has worked with West Virginia University President Gordon Gee to establish General Hoyer as a senior associate vice president at WVU to continue serving the state.
Justice says Hoyer will be the leader of a joint interagency task force on vaccination and will continue to be a key member of the governor’s COVID-19 response leadership team and in economic development.
“I’m not leaving the leadership team, I’m just changing uniforms,” Hoyer said. “We will continue to take care of the people of West Virginia, and we will figure out how to do more.”
Hoyer also played a key role in convincing Hyperloop to come to West Virginia and in efforts to repurpose surface mine sites, Justice said.
With Hoyer’s full recommendation, Justice says he is appointing Brigadier General Bill Crane to serve as the new Adjutant General beginning Jan 4. 2021.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement congratulating Adjutant General James Hoyer on his retirement.
“West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General James Hoyer has served West Virginia and the United States admirably during his 37 years of service and while we are sad to see him leave, his retirement from the Guard is well-earned. I had the pleasure of working with General Hoyer for decades including when I served as Governor and throughout my time serving West Virginia, and I am honored to call him a dear friend to this day. General Hoyer has led the 6,500 men and women of the West Virginia National Guard well and I know they will miss his leadership and guidance. I am incredibly thankful that General Hoyer will be continuing his service to the Mountain State as he begins a new chapter at West Virginia University. I thank General Hoyer and his wife Amy for their decades of service and dedication to our nation and West Virginia and wish them well as they start this new chapter.”U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)