Monday, May 3, 2021 4:38 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has named Col. Lisa Hou as his pick to be head of the state’s National Guard and serve as commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Murphy said Monday that Hou will be the first woman and first Asian-American in the role if she's confirmed by the state Senate. She now serves as the interim adjutant general and commissioner. She took over the role six months ago after Murphy dismissed the previous adjutant general amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which hit New Jersey's state-run veterans homes hard.