South Dakota National Guard swears in Adjutant General
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota National Guard has officially sworn in Major General Jeffery P. Marlette as its new Adjutant General.
Marlette has served for over 30 years and was deployed to Iraq during a time of war.
“General Reisch and the South Dakota National Guard have a long history of outstanding performance and I get the opportunity to go to work with them and keep them on that trajectory as we go into the future.”
Governor Kristi Noem the Commander-in-Chief of the South Dakota National Guard was one of the honored guests at Saturday’s Change of Command Ceremony at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
“An outstanding man who will lead our national guard with distinction and considering the environment we live in today and more and more often our national guard is stepping up and serving to keep our country safe, good leadership is incredibly important,” said Noem.
For the past 8-years, the South Dakota National Guard has been under the command of Major General Reisch who has served for 40 years and officially retired this weekend.
He has led the guard through missions that have preserved the well-being of both the state and nation.
“Well there are so many highs you know we’ve had a great organization, we’ve had a lot of successes nationally – it’s just a real tribute to the soldiers and the airmen who set their standards high. We work real hard at it,” said Reisch.
Reisch received both a coin from Marlette and a standing ovation from the audience.
Post-retirement Reisch plans to go back to his home town of Howard and maintain a ranch.
Less than one percent of Americans choose to serve in the military but both Reisch and Marlette have spent a collective 70 years assuring the safety of all South Dakotans and Americans.
“For me be able to give of yourself and to be able to be part of something that is bigger than you and to be willing to step forward when your nation calls,” said Marlette.