RALEIGH – Local National Guard soldiers have a new senior command officer after a promotion was announced Friday.
The North Carolina National Guard promoted Jim Ernst from brigadier general to major general during a ceremony NCNG Joint Force Headquarters.
Along with getting a second star, Ernst stepped up in job title, too.
In Nov. 2012, Ernst received his first general’s star when he was named the state’s assistant adjutant general for maneuver. This week, he was named the deputy adjutant general.
He is part of the senior command staff leading more than 11,000 NCNG soldiers and airmen across the state, including units in Surry County.
Many NCNG soldiers, airmen, civilian staff, friends and family filled the joint force headquarters atrium for the ceremony.
“I am humbled and deeply honored for this opportunity to continue to serve North Carolina and the National Guard,” said Ernst.
A combat veteran, he has served state and nation for almost 35 years, rising through the ranks over the past 27 years in the N.C. National Guard including commanding at the company, battalion and brigade levels, as well as various staff positions.