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Gov. Bryan Names Ivan Udell As Head of Virgin Islands National Guard

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. said that Colonel Ivan Udell will be the Acting Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands National Guard and retired Lieutenant Colonel Elwyn Browne his Chief of Staff. 

Col. Udell currently serves as the deputy chief of staff for operations and plans at the VING and will serve as the Acting Adjutant General until Adjutant General Nominee Kodjo Knox-Limbacker completes his required retirement process from Federal Active Duty as mandated by law. 

The announcement came Friday as Gen. Debra Howell leaves as the Territorial Adjutant General of the Virgin Islands National Guard.

“I am grateful to Col. Udell and Ltc. (Ret.) Browne for answering the call to serve and thank them for their continued service to our Virgin Islands National Guard, our community and their service to our nation,” Bryan said. “I also thank Gen. Howell for her service to the people of the Virgin Islands as the Territorial Adjutant General and wish her well in her future endeavors.”

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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