(SD)-Marlette Promoted To Adjutant General
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Kristi Noem says the #2 man in the South Dakota National Guard will take over the top spot next month. Brigadier General Jeffrey Marlette will become adjutant general on June 8th when Major General Tim Reisch retires.
Reisch and Marlette, currently assistant adjutant general in charge of the Army side of the Guard, assumed their current positions in 2011.
The South Dakota National Guard, which also has an Air Force wing, has about 3,400 soldiers and 800 airmen with another 950 full-time federal and state employees able to respond in times of state or national emergency.
Marlette enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1980 and says it's an honor to serve the state and the governor in his new role. Often, but not always, becoming a state adjutant general brings a promotion to major general.
General Marlette holds certification in both the Field Artillery and Engineer branches of the Army. His service has been almost entirely in South Dakota with a variety of command assignments.
As commander, he led the 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery on two deployments to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The Battalion was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation for its outstanding performance.
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