AUSTIN — Brig. Gen. Manuel "Tony" Rodriguez will take command of the Texas State Guard, officials announced Monday.

Texas Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols said Rodriguez will follow Maj. Gen. Raymond Peters, who is retiring. He has commanded since July 2009.

Rodriguez, a Killeen-area resident, joined the Guard in March 2006, serving first as commander of the 2nd Civil Affairs Regiment and later as the headquarters personnel officer. He is currently the Guard deputy commander of the Army Component.

Peters, whose retirement was announced in the spring, said he could not be more pleased by the selection of Rodriguez as his successor.

A command change ceremony will take place later this month.

— Rose L. Thayer

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