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Major General Daniel Long Pins on Second Star

29th Infantry Division (Light) Commander, Maj. Gen. Daniel Long pinned on his second star on January 5, 2003 in a promotion ceremony with family, friends and soldiers held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Long has served 38 years with the Virginia Army National Guard. He recently returned from the Bosnia Peacekeeping mission where he served as the Deputy Task Force Eagle Commander, Multinational Division North and took command of the famed 29th in August of 2002.

The 29th has units located in five states Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and North Carolina. "Commanding the 29th is the most challenging and rewarding assignment of my career," said Maj. Gen. Long. "As with many Guard and Reserve units, the 29th is getting the call. This makes my role very important. I am ensuring we send our soldiers off with the right training, leadership and their families are receiving the necessary support."

Maj. Gen. Daniel Long gets pinned by his daughter and son-in-law during the recent promotion ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va.
Maj. Gen. Daniel Long gets pinned by his daughter and son-in-law during the recent promotion ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Va. (Click on image to enlarge)

"I have known Maj. Gen. Long for many years and he has always been the first in his class, gone the extra mile and most important of all, the leader of choice, " said Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. "It is especially satisfying to see a native Virginian and Virginia National Guardsman achieve the rank of Major General."

Long was commissioned a second lieutenant of Engineer Corps in 1967. In his career, he has served in a multitude of assignments in both the Engineers and Infantry. As an Engineer officer he commanded 229th Engineer Battalion (Light), as an Infantry officer he commanded, 2d Brigade, 29th Infantry Division (Light) and served as the Assistant Division Commander of the 29th.

Long is a graduate of the Engineer Officers’ Basic and Advanced Courses, Infantry Officer Advance Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, U.S Army War College. He also earned the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantry Badge and is Air Assault qualified. Long is a graduate of Liberty University.

The division served with distinction in the Meuse-Argonne offensive of World War I, but is most famous for being one of the five divisions, and the only National Guard division, that made the initial assault into Normandy, France to begin the invasion of Adolf Hitler’s "Fortress Europe" during World War II.

The 29th Infantry Division landed alongside the 1st Infantry Division on Omaha Beach at 6:30 a.m. on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and its performance on that fateful day has lifted its reputation to almost mythic proportions. The division recently returned from Bosnia-Herzegovina after a successful tour of Peacekeeping duty in the war-torn nation. Units from the division are currently serving in Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

The 29th is one of the most decorated divisions in the Army National Guard; and also is among the most honored in United States Army history. Many of its units have lineage and honors that pre-dates the American Revolution.



Sunday June 29, 2003