The Adjutant General of Kentucky, Brig. Gen. Haldane Lamberton, announces the selection of a new Army Chief of Staff and Army Deputy Chief of Operations (G3).

Col. Joe Gardner has been selected as the Kentucky National Guard’s newest Army Chief of Staff replacing recently promoted Brig. Gen. Bryan Howay. He will report directly to The Adjutant General on Army National Guard matters and assists in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Col. J.B. Richmond has stepped into the role of Army Deputy Chief of Operations (G3) filling the gap created by Gardner’s appointment. Richmond will be responsible for the operations and training for all the Soldiers in the Kentucky Army National Guard.

“These two gentlemen are some of our strongest leaders in the Kentucky National Guard,” said Brig. Gen. Lamberton. “I have the utmost confidence in both of them to take this organization to the next level.

Col. Gardner, has served as both a Chemical and Engineer officer and has more than 27 years of service in the Kentucky National Guard. He’s worked full-time for the Guard for the last 20 years and his last deployment was as the 149th Military Engagement Team (MET) Commander to the Central Command Area of Operations. He’s a Morehead State University graduate and a United States Army War College graduate.

“I've known Col. Gardner for 11 years and throughout his career, he has earned the respect of leaders across all levels. His ability to work through problems and motivate the Soldiers around him will make valuable addition to this organization,” said Lamberton.

Col. Richmond, a career Engineer officer, has more than 28 years of service in the Kentucky National Guard. He's worked full-time for the Guard for more than 20 and has deployed numerous times both overseas and stateside throughout his career. He’s also a MSU graduate as well as a United States Army War College graduate.

"Col. Richmond has served in a variety of organizations within the Kentucky National Guard, most recently overseeing our training site in Western Kentucky," according to Lamberton. "His diverse background, particularly in the realm of training, makes him a great fit for this position and I know that our Soldiers and our commonwealth will be better served with J.B. overseeing our military operations."

The Kentucky National Guard is comprised of approximately 7,500 Soldiers and Airmen in the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, which are components of the United States Army and the United States Air Force, respectively. Kentucky Guardsmen are spread across the state, from Pikeville to Paducah and have a presence in nearly every community in the commonwealth.

The National Guard is the only military force in the world with a dual mission, serving both federal and state.

Kentucky National Guard Soldiers train to assist the federal government in combat and peace-time missions. Since Sept. 11, 2001 the Kentucky National Guard has mobilized and deployed more than 18,000 Soldiers and Airmen in support of the Global War on Terror.

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