Gov. Edwards announces retirement of Louisiana National Guard leader, names replacement


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP/KTAL/KMSS) – The head of the Louisiana National Guard is retiring after 37 years in the military. Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis will leave his position as adjutant general on Jan. 10.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announced Curtis’ retirement Monday at an event honoring Curtis and announcing Brig. Gen. Keith Waddell will take over the job upon Curtis’ retirement.

“General Curtis has served our country and our state with honor for many years, and on behalf of the people of Louisiana, I want to thank him for his strong, steady leadership,” said Gov. Edwards.

“Personally, I want to thank him for his support during my first term as Governor, especially as we battled historic flooding. His leadership and the hard work of our National Guard saved lives and property and we owe him a debt of gratitude. He also played a key leadership role in the creation of the Cybersecurity Commission, greatly improving Louisiana’s preparedness for these kinds of issues.”

Curtis led the National Guard for eight years during the state’s response to disasters including massive floods, hurricanes and cyberattacks on government.

“Thank you Governor for reappointing me four years ago and allowing me to continue to serve this great state and this great nation,” said Major General Curtis.

“I’ve known Kieth Waddell since he was a young captain. He’s either worked directly for me or been one step removed from me ever since then. He is a steadfast leader who makes great decisions, has great vision, and will take this organization to new heights of readiness and preparedness for the two reasons we exist. One, for the war fight, and two, to respond for our citizens here in our state and our homeland when the worst day comes.”

Waddell worked as Curtis’ chief deputy and has been in the National Guard for 25 years. Curtis was named adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard by former Gov.

General Waddell will take command when Curtis retires January 10. A formal change of command ceremony is expected to take place early next year, Edwards said.

Bobby Jindal in November 2011. Edwards kept him in the position when he took office in 2016. 

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