Nebraska Adjutant General Judd Lyons has been promoted to Deputy Director of the United States Army National Guard.
Gov. Dave Heineman’s office announced that Lyons, a Major General, will likely start his new duties this summer.
“This is great news for Gen. Lyons and speaks very highly of the quality of leadership at Nebraska’s National Guard,” said Gov. Heineman in a written statement released by his office. “I want to congratulate Gen. Lyons on this promotion. He has been an outstanding adjutant general. The fact that this is the second consecutive Nebraska Adjutant General to become the number two person leading the Army National Guard is a high honor for the State.”
Lyons, 50, is Nebraska’s 32nd Adjutant General. He assumed command of the Nebraska National Guard on Aug. 23, 2009.
Lyons will be assigned to the National Guard headquarters in Arlington, VA. His duties will include assisting the director of the Army National Guard to formulate and coordinate the programs, policies and plans of the Army National Guard and its more than 350,000 citizen-soldiers. He will be assigned to the National Guard Headquarters in Arlington, Va.
“It has been my honor to serve here in the Nebraska National Guard for over 33 years,” Lyons said in a written statement released by the governor’s office. “I’d like to thank Governor Heineman for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Adjutant General. It has been especially rewarding to have served since 2009 as Adjutant General. I am extremely proud of the accomplishment of our Nebraska Military Department’s men and women. Over the last four years we have deployed our Air and Army National Guard members overseas in record numbers. These same men and women have responded magnificently to historic flooding and wildfires here at home.”
Nebraska has nearly 4,700 Army and Air National Guard personnel. The head of the Guard sits on the Governor’s Cabinet and directs the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
As Commander in Chief of the Nebraska National Guard, Gov. Heineman will select the State’s next Adjutant General.