The head of the Nebraska National Guard has been promoted to deputy director of the Army National Guard.
Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons, 50, has been adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard since the summer of 2009.
“This is great news for Gen. Lyons and speaks very highly of the quality of leadership at Nebraska's National Guard,” Gov. Dave Heineman said in a statement. “He has been an outstanding adjutant general.”
Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., also praised Lyons' promotion.
“A longtime Nebraskan and guardsman, he exemplifies our values and work ethic, which will serve him well in his new role,” Johanns said in a statement. “The National Guard plays a critical part of our nation's defense, and strong leadership is essential. They'll have it in spades with Maj. Gen. Lyons.”
In his new position, Lyons will assist the director of the Army National Guard with programs and policies and its more than 350,000 personnel. He will be assigned to National Guard headquarters in Arlington, Va., later this summer.
“While it is a tough decision to leave, this is an opportunity to serve at the national level assisting the director of the Army National Guard to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead,” he said.
Heineman will select the state's next adjutant general in the next few months.
The adjutant general, who serves on the governor's Cabinet, commands 4,700 Army and Air National Guard personnel in Nebraska and directs the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.
Before serving as adjutant general, Lyons was the chief of the Nebraska National Guard's Joint Staff in Lincoln. He was deployed in 2006 and 2007 to Afghanistan, where he served as commander of the 209th Regional Security Assistance Command.
Under Lyons' command, the Nebraska National Guard responded to the flooding of the Platte and Missouri Rivers in 2011 and wildfires in western and central Nebraska last summer.
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