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New National Guard Adjutant General Installed In Government House Ceremony

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General Howell gets some help with her uniform from Gov. Mapp

CHRISTIANSTED – Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp hosted an official promotion and pinning ceremony for Virgin Islands National Guard Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Deborah Howell at Government House on St. Croix Friday.

The ceremony was held in a room filled to capacity with family, friends, government officials and VING staff to formally recognize Howell as the adjutant general of the Virgin Islands, and as an Army general officer within the territory.

Brig. Gen. (VI) Howell appointed by Mapp to serve as adjutant general of the Virgin Islands on July 20, 2015, holds the distinct honor of being the first female to do so.

During her remarks, Howell proceeded to thank her supporters and touched on the importance of the National Guard and the ever-changing military landscape.

“The military is transitioning,” Howell said. “We’re at a crossroads where we’re balancing budget and our forces. I’m going to remain an advocate as we look at the future for the Army, and give my best estimate as to how the Virgin Islands National Guard should look in the next 20 years.”

Mapp concluded the ceremony with his remarks congratulating and praising Howell on this milestone.

“General Howell I will become one of your strongest advocates,” Mapp said. “Brigadier General Howell I welcome you on board to lead this charge. We look forward for your direction.”

Howell is the 14th adjutant general of the Virgin Islands. She retired in 2010 after 32 years of service in the Virgin Islands Army National Guard.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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