Supporters, troops and even children packed Lansing's National Guard Headquarters to celebrate Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais and his new role as commander of the Michigan National Guard.
One of Vadnais' goals is to make sure soldiers are prepared for natural disasters and terrorist attacks.
"I'll continue to work that program and ensure that we have trained, equipped and ready soldiers and airman," Vadnais said.
Vadnais started his career as a private and has served at home and across the globe. This is one of the reasons why Gov. Rick Snyder believes he was a perfect fit for the job.
"He did a great job overseas and in our country in terms of Hurricane Katrina," said Snyder, "That's the leadership we need and it's great to have people like that in our state, it's exciting."
Vadnais takes over for Maj. Gen. Thomas Cutler who after serving in the military for more than 40 years is excited to spend time with his family.
"We own a home in Lansing," said Cutler, "Our children are here, our two sons and their families and our grandchildren so were definitely all in."
And behind every good general there is a good wife, whom Vadnais says has plans to serve alongside him.
"My wife will be involved with our family support groups and our family readiness groups," said Vadnais, "Making sure we're doing all we can do for the families of our deployed soldiers and airmen."
There are currently more than 1,600 Michigan National Guards deployed throughout the world.