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New Iowa Air Guard General named

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On Oct 3, Brig. Gen. J. Derek Hill announced he will retire from the Iowa Air National Guard after 29 years of service.

Hill's retirement will be effective on Nov. 2.

Governor Terry Branstad has selected Col. William D. “Drew” DeHaes as Hill's successor.

Hill transferred to the Iowa Air National Guard in 2003, where he served as Director of Staff until 2010.

At the same time, Hill served as the Chief of the Joint Staff, which has primary responsibility for planning and executing National Guard support to domestic disasters.

Hill served as the Chief of the Joint Staff during the Parkersburg tornado and historic floods of 2008.


He was promoted to brigadier general in the Iowa Air National Guard on Nov. 5, 2010.

In Jan. 2011, Gov. Branstad appointed Hill to be the Homeland Security Advisor and the Administrator of Homeland Security Emergency Management for the State of Iowa.

Hill later chaired Gov. Branstad's Missouri River Flood Recovery Task Force in 2011-2012.

The governor named Hill the full-time Deputy Adjutant General for the Iowa Air National Guard in Dec. 2011.

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