LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi's retiring adjutant general is reflecting on his years as head of the state's National Guard.
Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins is retiring Aug. 31 after 35 years in the U.S. Army and 4 1/2 years as adjutant general.
He was appointed in January 2012 by Gov. Phil Bryant as the state's first African-American adjutant general.
He was in Oak Grove Friday, speaking at an awards luncheon honoring World War Two veterans.
"We went through some tough times over the last 4 1/2 years," said Collins. "There's been threats of us losing units, threats of us losing some pieces of equipment, aircraft, but we've weathered the storm and I can report to you today that we're in great shape."
He added, "we still have all of our Apache (helicopters), we still have our KC-135's up in Meridian, the (155th) is again, the premiere armored brigade combat team in the National Guard."
Brig. Gen. Janson D. Boyles of Jackson will take over as adjutant general on Sept. 1.