A colonel in the Missouri National Guard received a promotion to brigadier general on Oct. 1 at the Ike Skelton Training Site.
Col. William B. Blaylock II, the assistant division commander (support) for the 35th Infantry Division, was promoted to brigadier general in a ceremony at the Resiliency Center and will accept a new assignment with the National Guard Bureau.
Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, the adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard, conducted the pinning ceremony and spoke about the competitive nature of the promotion system and Blaylock’s outstanding performance.
“The new promotion system for promotable colonels and general officers rates everyone against their peers to produce a list of the most qualified officers for each position,” said Danner. “I’m happy to say that Missouri is always competitive within the rankings and when I received the list, Col. Blaylock was at the top for the G-4 position at the National Guard Bureau.”
Blaylock enlisted in the Army in 1985 as a combat engineer. He received his commission as an officer in 1988 and his first assignment was as a platoon leader in the 1140th Engineer Battalion. Since that time he has held numerous command positions including commanding the 1140th Engineer Battalion and the 35th Engineer Brigade. Although Blaylock will now work at the National Guard Bureau, he will still remain an integral part of the Missouri National Guard team.
“I’m still here. If any of you need anything you can always give me a call,” said Blaylock. “I am able to accept this position because of the people I’ve worked with. It’s not about me, it’s about the team.”