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Tennessee State Guard Leader Craig Johnson of Manchester Retiring; New Commander Named

Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General says that Brig. Gen. (Tenn.) Juan R. Santiago, from Memphis, is to become the new commander of the Tennessee State Guard.  

For more than 30 years, Santiago has served in the military as a member of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserves, or the Tennessee State Guard. He is a veteran of Desert Storm and served as an Information Technology (Cyber) Officer for the Air Force. As a volunteer in the Tennessee State Guard, Santiago served in multiple leadership positions including Regimental Commander, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Commanding General for Operations. He is also the Executive Director of the State Guard Association of the United States.

Brig. Gen. (Tenn.) Craig Johnson

Santiago is scheduled to assume command from Brig. Gen. (Tenn.) Craig Johnson of Manchester, who has been the commander of the State Guard since August 2016, in an official ceremony in February 2021. “Johnson has done a fantastic job for more than four-and-a-half years,” said Holmes. “It is a great loss to Tennessee, but his retirement is well deserved after spending more than 35 years in uniform.”   

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,481 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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