weather icon Clear

New commander in place for Nevada Army Guard

Featuring military tradition and regalia, Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser took command of the Nevada Army National Guard in a change of command ceremony at the Air National Guard Base.

Among the distinguished guests for the ceremony last month were Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, and U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, and U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nevada.

More than 100 soldiers stood in formation representing every unit in the 3,200-soldier organization.

The passing of the colors was the focal point of the ceremony. The previous commander, Brig. Gen. Michael Hanifan, handed Nevada Army Guard flag to Brig. Gen. William Burks, the adjutant general, who forwarded it to the incoming commander, Doser.

The forwarding of the colors from the previous commander to the incoming commander represented the release of responsibility from Hanifan and subsequent acceptance of authority by Doser of all Nevada Army Guard soldiers and equipment.

“I have had the honor and pleasure of serving for, and with, Brig. Gen. Hanifan in many different roles,” Doser said Aug. 13. “He is a great leader, a true friend and someone I admire deeply.”

Doser, 53, of Reno, was previously the Nevada National Guard’s director of the joint staff.

That included responsibility for the coordination of Nevada Guard support to civilian agencies during domestic response operations such as the Lemmon Valley flood response mission this spring in the Reno region.

In his civilian occupation, Doser — a “traditional” Guard soldier who participates in military training one weekend a month and 15 days each year — works as a Reno police detective.

“Brig. Gen. Doser is a dedicated, trusted and an exceptional leader. I have watched him for many years and served with him in multiple capacities,” Hanifan said.

Before his speech in the Reno area to welcome Doser to his new position, Sandoval awarded Hanifan the Legion of Merit to recognize his service during his stint as commander. Hanifan had commanded the Nevada Army Guard since September 2013.

“Today we welcome Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser,” Sandoval said. “I know he’s the right person to take on this awesome responsibility. I know he understands the magnitude of this position and I know that he is trained and ready.”

Pfc. Jonnie Riley is with 106th Public Affairs Detachment of the Nevada National Guard.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Angel Trees out in Pahrump community

Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Christmas season is officially upon the community, bringing with it the opportunity for residents to help spread a little holiday cheer by participating in the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree program.

California Lottery

Because of early holiday deadlines at the Pahrump Valley Times, winning lottery numbers for the Wednesday night drawing of the California Super Lotto were not available but will be published in the Wednesday Dec. 2 issue with the results of Saturday night’s Super Lotto.

Turkey divan makes Thanksgiving leftovers divine

One of the best things about the Thanksgiving holiday is enjoying the wonderful leftovers. Now, I don’t know about your post-turkey-day turkey, but mine usually has no legs, or thighs but lots of leftover breast. If that happens to your turkey too, then you’re going to love this week’s recipe, Turkey Divan. We’ve got turkey, broccoli and mushrooms smothered in a cheesy creamy sauce, topped with crunchy, buttery breadcrumbs to make a classic casserole.

Pahrump’s Community Christmas Tree Lighting to be held virtually

The Thanksgiving festivities are at an end and the community is now turning its attention to the Christmas season, which for the town of Pahrump always includes the placement and lighting of the enormous Community Christmas Tree.

COVID surge leads to adjustments in Pahrump Justice Court operations

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to swell in the Silver State, Pahrump Justice Court is taking action now to curb any potential spread of the disease in its courts, which were shut down for two weeks earlier this year after an employee tested positive for the virus.

Murder suspect convicted in jury trial

The man arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of a child more than three years ago, was found guilty following a jury trial this week.

Economists urge Congress to approve more relief checks

With stimulus negotiations stalled and millions about to lose unemployment benefits, 127 economists pressed Congress to send Americans a second round of stimulus checks.

Social Mobility Index shows solid improvement by UNLV

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create economic uncertainty, UNLV is working to advance the social mobility of its students, a new ranking of higher education institutions finds.

Salvation Army receives money, turkeys from Cox

Cox Communications recently presented $100,000 and 100 frozen turkeys to the Salvation Army to help the nonprofit provide support to Southern Nevada families in need.