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NC National Guard leader to retire

Major General Greg Lusk | photo courtesy NC DPS

Governor Roy Cooper today announced that Major General Greg Lusk, 40th adjutant general for the North Carolina National Guard, plans to retire this winter.

Lusk was sworn in as the 40th adjutant general by Governor Beverly Perdue at the North Carolina State Capitol on October 20, 2010, and was appointed as the adjutant general of North Carolina in 2010, serving as a North Carolina Guardsman for over 40 years.

“I am forever humbled and grateful for having had the honor and privilege of serving alongside the men and women of the North Carolina National Guard and our equally serving and dedicated families,” said Lusk. “Together we have answered historic calls to duty around the globe on behalf of our nation, as well as on behalf of our state during hurricanes, floods, winter storms and periods of civil unrest. Selflessly dedicated, the men and women and families of the NC Guard have and will continue to exemplify and represent what is truly great about being a North Carolinian and an American”

For almost nine years Lusk has led nearly 12,000 soldiers and airmen and over 1,800 full-time federal and state employees across the state.

During his tenure, Lusk has been responsible for supporting NC Emergency Management and three governors in responding to many natural and man-made disasters in the state and region and has guided the transformation of the NC Guard from a strategic reserve to an operational reserve force, building "readiness, reliability and relevancy across the state’s Army and Air Guard units."

“Major General Lusk has been a critical part of our Department of Public Safety and State Emergency Response Leadership Team,” said Governor Cooper. “His leadership and reputation as a Soldier’s General have been an asset to the North Carolina Guard and the state. I wish Major General Lusk and his family the very best in retirement and extend my appreciation for his service to North Carolina and the nation.”

The Governor’s Office, along with the Department of Public Safety and NC Guard leadership will begin the process to designate a qualified replacement to be adjutant general.

General Lusk received his commission in 1982 through the Reserve Officer Training Program at North Carolina State University. His previous assignments include two mobilizations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as executive officer and, most recently, as commander, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

General Lusk received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in 1984 and by correspondence in 2007, the United States Army War College.

Assignments:

1. May 1982 - February 1984, Project Officer, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 120th Infantry, Wilmington, North Carolina
2. February 1984 - May 1984, Student, Engineer Officer Basic Course, Fort Belvoir, Virginia
3. May 1984 - July 1984, Student, Nuclear Biological Chemical Defense Officer Course, Fort McClellan, Alabama
4. July 1984 - July 1985, Platoon Leader, Company A, 547th Combat Engineer Battalion, V Corps, Darmstadt, Germany
5. July 1985 - June 1986, Executive Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 547th Combat Engineer Battalion, V Corps, Darmstadt, Germany
6. June 1986 - December 1986, S-3 Plans Officer, 547th Combat Engineer Battalion, V Corps, Darmstadt, Germany
7. December 1986 - August 1987, Assistant Installation Coordinator, 547th Combat Engineer Battalion, V Corps, Darmstadt, Germany
8. August 1987 - September 1988, United States Army Reserve Control Group
9. September 1988 - November 1989, Executive Officer, Company B, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 120th Infantry, Whiteville, North Carolina
10. November 1989 - January 1992, Commander, Company B, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 120th Infantry, Whiteville, North Carolina
11. January 1992 - October 1993, Commander, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 120th Infantry, Forest City, North Carolina
12. October 1993 - July 1995, Liaison Officer, 30th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) (Separate), Clinton, North Carolina
13. July 1995 - August 1996, Assistant S-3 Air, 30th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) (Separate), Clinton, North Carolina
14. August 1996 - January 1997, S-3 Air, 30th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) (Separate), Clinton, North Carolina
15. January 1997 - December 1998, S-3, 1st Battalion, 119th Infantry, Ahoskie, North Carolina
16. December 1998 - February 2000, Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 119th Infantry, Ahoskie, North Carolina
17. February 2000 - January 2002, Commander, 1st Battalion, 119th Infantry, Ahoskie, North Carolina
18. January 2002 - September 2002, Signal Officer, Headquarters, State Area Command, Raleigh, North Carolina
19. September 2002 - January 2003, S-5, 30th Heavy Separate Brigade, Clinton, North Carolina
20. January 2003 - August 2005, Executive Officer, 30th Armor Brigade, Clinton, North Carolina
21. August 2005 - September 2010, Commander, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Clinton, North Carolina
22. October 2010 - Present, The Adjutant General, North Carolina, Joint Force Headquarters, Raleigh, North Carolina

Awards and Decorations:

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Reserve Components Achievement (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Iraq Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass and M Device)
Army Service Ribbon Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 3)
North Carolina Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Hornet's Nest)
North Carolina State Active Duty Ribbon (with Numeral 3)
North Carolina Service Award (with 1 Gold Hornet's Nest)
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation North Carolina Governor's Unit Citation (with 1 Bronze Hornet's Nest)
North Carolina Meritorious Unit Citation
Combat Action Badge

Effective Dates of Promotion:

Second Lieutenant 7 May 1982
First Lieutenant 7 May 1985
Captain 1 April 1990
Major 31 August 1996
Lieutenant Colonel 30 August 2000
Colonel 3 March 2005
Brigadier General 1 October 2010
Major General 17 February 2012