Maj. Gen. Fran Evon, Adjutant General of the Connecticut National Guard, officially swore Brig. Gen. Karen A. Berry into the CTNG and named her Assistant Adjutant General – Army during a ceremony at the National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7.
Berry comes to the Connecticut National Guard with more than 30 years of service in the Delaware National Guard, serving most recently as Director of the Delaware National Guard's Joint Staff. Her most recent deployment was to Afghanistan in 2017.
“Brig. Gen. Berry has led Guardsmen at all levels of command and we are thrilled to have her join the leadership team assembled here in Connecticut,” Evon said. “In the coming months, (Berry) will visit your units to learn how Connecticut lives up to the motto, ‘Always Ready, Always There.'”
Berry currently teaches at Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, Delaware. As a traditional Guardsman, Berry will continue to live in Delaware, commuting to Connecticut for drill periods, Annual Training, and many other events.
"I am honored to join the Connecticut National Guard as the next Army Assistant Adjutant General," Berry said. "Time and time again, Connecticut's Guardsmen have stepped up to the plate and delivered beyond expectations.”
Her promotion to Brigadier General in late 2018 made her the first female one-star in the long, storied history of the Delaware Army National Guard, and now she will bring all of her leadership experience to Connecticut, succeeding Evon, who was the state’s last Army ATAG.
“I am excited to get to work and do my part to ensure that our men and women in uniform continue to remain a ready, relevant force for missions both home and abroad."
Berry’s first drill with Connecticut will be in March, but she accompanied Evon and several members of the Connecticut National Guard’s senior leadership on a four-day trip in the nation’s capital, where they provided members of the Congressional Delegation and senior Army and Air Force leadership with the state of the Connecticut National Guard.