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Leadership changing for Louisiana National Guard

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Posted: Nov 3, 2011 12:30 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Louisiana National Guard, military, adjutant general, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Maj. Gen. Bennett Landreneau, retirement, Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis, Gov. Mike Foster, Gov. Kathleen Blanco, hurricane Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, WBRZ

BATON ROUGE, La. - The head of the Louisiana National Guard is retiring after more than 40 years in the military and nearly 14 years as adjutant general.

Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Maj. Gen. Bennett Landreneau's retirement Thursday, saying he will be replaced with Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis, who has worked as the chief adviser and top assistant
to Landreneau.

The switch takes effect immediately.

Landreneau was first appointed adjutant general by then-Gov. Mike Foster in 1997 and was retained for the job by former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Jindal when he took office in 2008.

He led the National Guard through the response efforts to hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.

The adjutant general is responsible for the 11,500 members of the Louisiana Army and the Air National Guard.

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