Arkansas Governor Hutchinson Announces Major General Penn as the Next Adjutant General of the National Guard

Adjutant General Mark Berry to retire August 10

LITTLE ROCK, AR (STL.News) – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Wednesday announced Major General Kendall W. Penn as the 53rd Adjutant General of Arkansas.  General Penn will replace Arkansas’ current Adjutant General Mark Berry who is set to retire August 10, 2019.

For the past three-and-a-half years, General Penn has served as the Executive Director of the National Guard Association of Arkansas.  Prior to that, he was the Deputy Commanding General (RC), First United States Army.

General Penn began his military career in 1982 upon enlistment in the Arkansas Army National Guard.  He was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry upon graduation from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1985.  Throughout his career, General Penn served in a variety of command and staff positions, including Commander, 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry and Commander, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, both while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.