September 2, 2014

As Adjutant General prepares to move on, search begins for replacement (AUDIO)

Adjutant General Judd Lyons

Adjutant General Judd Lyons

Nebraska’s Adjutant General prepares to take on a national role, saying he will miss leading the state National Guard.

Adjutant General Judd Lyons says he’s excited about becoming the Deputy Director of the United States Army National Guard, though he will miss leading the 4,700 Army and Air National Guard members in Nebraska.

“I will continue to represent Nebraska in my new position, along with the other 54 states and territories in the district. I’m looking forward to serving at the national level,” Lyons tells reporters during a conference call.

Lyons, 50, became the 32nd Nebraska Adjutant General on August 23, 2009; replacing Adjutant General Tim Kadavy after he won promotion to the same position.

Lyons will become responsible for assisting the director of the Army National Guard in managing the Army National Guard and its 350,000 members. He will work at the National Guard Headquarters in Arlington, VA.

Under Lyons’ leadership, Nebraska National Guard members have deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and elsewhere. They also provided humanitarian relief to Central America and northern Alaska. At home, the Guard responded to the blizzard of 2009, widespread flooding along the Platte and Missouri Rivers in 2011 as well as last year’s wildfires in central and western Nebraska.

Lyons served as the Nebraska National Guard’s Chief of the Joint Staff in Lincoln prior to becoming Adjutant General.

Gov. Dave Heineman says that all paperwork from applicants to succeed Lyons must be filed by the end of this week. Applicants must have spent at least five years as an active or retired officer of the Nebraska National Guard and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. Any retired officers applying cannot have been retired for more than two years.

Qualified applicants will be reviewed by a screening panel.

Retired Maj. Gen. Walt Zink of Lincoln will chair the committee reviewing the applicants. Other members of the screening panel include: Kathleen Allan of Lincoln, Brig. Gen. Paul Cohen (retired Nebraska Air National Guard) of Omaha, Rene Dreiling of Papillion, Chief Master Sgt. Glenn Freeman (retired U.S. Air Force) of Omaha, Brig. Gen. Richard Bertrand (retired Nebraska Air National Guard) of Lincoln, Natalie Peetz of Lincoln, and Brig. Gen. James Murphy (retired Nebraska Army National Guard) of Omaha.

The Adjutant General serves in the Governor’s Cabinet and is the director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

The Nebraska National Guard is comprised of Army National Guard and Air National Guard personnel; nearly 3,700 Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers assigned to units located in 23 Nebraska communities. The Nebraska Air National Guard has 975 Airmen assigned to units in Lincoln and at Offutt Air Force Base.

Those seeking more information may contact Col. Doug Wilken with the Nebraska National Guard at 402-326-4223.

AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]