NEW CASTLE, Del. (WTXF) - History is made in New Castle, Delaware. The state's National Guard has its first African-American general.
David Fleming was promoted to brigadier general. He's a pilot with 25 years of experience in law enforcement. Now he’ll be in charge of the entire Delaware Army National Guard.
Fleming spent a quarter-century in law enforcement rising to the commander of a narcotics task force. He's the father of 9 and the grandfather of 5.
“Move heaven and earth to get to where you want to go. If someone is in the way tell them to lead, follow or get the hell out of the way...” says Brigadier General David Fleming
As an Assistant Adjutant General, he'll lead Delaware's Army National Guard.
On Friday Fleming was welcomed by the first woman to serve as Adjutant General. She spoke of his service.
“Epitomizes what it means to be a citizen soldier, selflessly dedicating his life to protect his community, state and nation,” said Adjutant General Carol Timmons.
Fleming's wife pressed a patch on her husband's chest on Friday, and he presented her with diamond earrings.
“He goes away. I hold up the household it works fine...” said David’s wife Andrea Fleming.
Fleming will lead a force of 16,000, “The barriers fare lifted. There is no ceiling. The sky is the limit,” he said.