Leadership changing at Louisiana National Guard in January

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FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Gov. John Bel Edwards acknowledges his supporters as he comes out onstage for a debate with Eddie Rispone and Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards is battling to hold onto the Democrats’ only governorship in the Deep South. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool, File)

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.

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

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.

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. Bobby Jindal in November 2011.

Edwards kept him in the position when he took office in 2016. 

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