PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota has a new commander of its Air and Army National Guard.
Gov. Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Marlette will take over as adjutant general on June 8. He will replace Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, who is retiring after heading up the Guard since 2011.
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Marlette will have about 4,200 soldiers and airman under his command and 950 full-time federal and state employees that are able to respond in times of state of national emergency.
Marlette enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1980. He says it’s an honor to serve the state and the governor in his new role.
This story has been corrected to show that the title of the new commander is Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Marlette.