R. Martin Umbarger

Indiana National Guard

The Indiana National Guard has named its first-ever African-American general.

A graduate of The Citadel, Col. Wayne Black joined the Indiana National Guard in 1996.  He is now the assistant adjutant general.  Black says he doesn’t feel any added pressure as the Indiana Guard’s first African-American general, in part because he didn’t ever feel like there was a ceiling to his advancement.

Two IN National Guard soldiers die in Afghanistan

Jul 17, 2012
IN National Guard

The Indiana National Guard reports two soldiers have died while on active duty in Afghanistan.

Twenty-year old Nicholas Taylor and 21 year old Sergio Perez were killed Monday in Kandahar Province.

The two were specialists with the 713th Engineer Company, headquartered in Valparaiso. They were assigned to clear military supply and combat routes.

Nearly a dozen service members from Indiana have died this year while serving in Afghanistan. Since 2003, when combat operations began in Iraq, more than 140 Hoosiers have died while on active duty.