National Guard change of command postponed because of shutdown

Sign posted at the Indiana War Memorial announcing postponement. (Josh Blankenship, WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A change of command ceremony scheduled Sunday for the Indiana National Guard's 38th Infantry Division was postponed because of the federal government shutdown.

Brig. Gen. Gordon Ellis, who is the sheriff of Ohio county, was scheduled to become commander of the Indianapolis-based division during a Sunday ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. He will succeed Maj. Gen. David Wood, who's led the division since October 2014 when the ceremony does take place.

Ellis will oversee more than 8,000 National Guard soldiers in Indiana and thousands more spread out in units in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Delaware.

Ellis has been the 38th Infantry Division's deputy commanding general for sustainment for three years. He's also the sheriff of Brown County, Ohio, located about 50 miles east of Cincinnati.

Ellis led the Ohio National Guard's 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan in 2011.

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