NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE KANSAS ADJUTANT GENERAL
35th INFANTRY DIVISION CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 2
Maj. Gen. Michael D. Navrkal, will take command of the 35th Infantry Division, in a ceremony Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Fort Leavenworth main parade field. During the 1 p.m. ceremony Maj. Gen. John E. Davoren will relinquish his command. In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be moved to the Eisenhower Auditorium, Lewis and Clark Center, 100 Stimson Avenue, Fort Leavenworth.
“I am honored to be taking command of this outstanding unit,” said Navrkal. “I know the unit is already at a high level of readiness and I look forward to building upon this success.”
“I am proud that I had the opportunity to lead the soldiers of the 35th Infantry Division,” said Davoren. “We were able to take advantage of major Army training events to improve the readiness of the unit and the reputation of the National Guard.”
The 35th Infantry Division, headquartered at Fort Leavenworth, is comprised of soldiers from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Illinois.
Maj. Gen. Michael D. Navrkal
Maj. Gen. Michael D. Navrkal currently serves as the assistant adjutant general for the Nebraska Army National Guard. He is also the deputy commanding general for operations, First United States Army Division West and is responsible for conducting training readiness oversight and mobilization of designated Active, National Guard and Reserve component forces.
Navrkal received his commission from the Officer Candidate Course at Fort Benning, Ga., on June 5, 1981. He has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade levels. Navrkal commanded Company A, 2nd Battalion, 134th Infantry Regiment, 67th Infantry Brigade and the 168th Quartermaster Petroleum Supply Battalion. Navrkal deployed to Iraq as commander of the 867th Corps Support Battalion from 2006-2007, leading an organization of 1,700 Soldiers providing logistical support. Most recently, he served as commander of 92nd Troop Command.
Maj. Gen. John E. Davoren
Maj. Gen. John E. Davoren assumed duties as the division commander in August 2010. He was commissioned in 1976 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Kansas. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger training he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, A Company, 503rd Infantry at Fort Campbell, Ky. In July 1979 he was assigned to Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and in 1982 became the executive officer for the 1st Aviation Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Since joining the Kansas Army National Guard his assignments have included Commander, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry; Intelligence Officer, 69th Brigade; Operations Officer, 2/137th Infantry; Commander, 2/137th Infantry Battalion; Commander, 69th Troop Command; Assistant Division Commander, 35th Infantry Division; Commander, Multinational Task Force – East (KFOR 9); and Assistant Adjutant General, Kansas Army National Guard.
Davoren is retiring with 37 years of military service.
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