Todd Branden, a native of Audubon, Minn., was promoted Oct. 7 to the rank of brigadier general, becoming one of only four general officers within the North Dakota National Guard.
A ceremony was held for Branden at the Air National Guard base in Fargo, where he became the newest "one-star" to lead the airmen of the 119th Wing, also known as the Happy Hooligans.
His new duty position is the North Dakota National Guard assistant adjutant general for air.
Branden enlisted in the North Dakota Air National Guard in 1979 as a traffic management specialist and earned his commission in 1995 from the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science.
He has served in multiple leadership positions at the 119th Wing, including the 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, 119th Mission Support Group deputy commander and, most recently, the 119th Mission Support Group commander.