National Guard leader named to DHHR post

Brigadier General Russell Crane

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A high ranking member of the West Virginia National Guard has now been placed into a position of power at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. Secretary Bill Crouch announced the appointment of Brigadier General Russell Crane as the Deputy Secretary of the DHHR.

Crane has most recently served as the Assistant Adjutant General of the National Guard and as Deputy Commanding General, Training Support Division, First United States Army. Major General James Hoyer, the sate’s Adjutant General, assigned Crane to assist Crouch as part of the Guard’s response to the Covid 19 pandemic which started in March.

“I greatly appreciate Major General Hoyer for loaning Russ to DHHR to serve as a key advisor during this public health crisis,” said Secretary Crouch in the release announcing the appointment. “With General Crane’s deployment to Africa, Afghanistan, and Europe, as well as his service to the United States and his home state of West Virginia, he brings a plethora of experience, enthusiasm and strong leadership and management expertise to the table, especially during this worldwide pandemic of COVID-19.”

Crane has a criminal justice degree from Marshall University and was commissioned from the ROTC program in 1987. He holds a masters degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University and a masters degree in strategic studies from the Army’s War College.

“I look forward to continuing my service to West Virginia as part of this tremendous organization under Secretary Crouch’s leadership,” said Crane.

Crane joins Jeremiah Samples who has served as a deputy secretary to Crouch since 2017.

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