"I Mary Kight, do solemnly swear….I Mary Kight, do solemnly swear.”
“I didn’t know I was going to get here to this point in my life – but here I am – I’m still here…let me hold onto this podium!”
Democratic Assembly Speaker Karen Bass – the first African-American female Speaker of a legislative body in the country gave the opening remarks:
“I’m proud to be here today, welcoming General Mary Kight as the Adjutant General of the California National Guard, and as the first African American woman to lead a state National Guard in our state or in any other….clapping fades.”
“She has been described as a strong leader, a hard worker and a pioneer, and every time you say to her, you’re doing such an unbelievable job, she says “I’m just doing my job,” so she’s very humble.
“We will advocate for that necessary training and we will work with one another to develop those visions, those missions that support our readiness and also make sure that the CA national guard remains competitive with the other states.”
Kight says she’ll also focus on getting Guard equipment back from overseas missions and on keeping family members involved in activities.