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​​CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., Aug. 26, 2015 - Women’s Equality Day is celebrated each year to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the fundamental right to vote in 1920. This marked a watershed moment in women’s rights, and today we continue to honor all women. Women around the country and in the state of Georgia honor what their predecessors started, by continually raising the standard for the next generation of young ladies behind them.

​​While recent history marked the official opening of some combat jobs to our military women, this by no means marks the beginning of our sisters in arms serving with honor, valor and courage. Women have proudly served our country since its inception. Examples include Mary Edwards Walker, the first female U.S. Army surgeon. She joined the Union Army at the onset of the Civil War and worked on the front lines treating wounded Soldiers. She is the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. Then of course there are others like Col. Ruby Bradley, America’s most decorated military woman and herself a POW of the Korean War –after also serving in WWII.

​​Women have a long tradition of serving in and leading our military in a way that warrants emulating. I would like to thank all our GaDoD service women for their continued work towards equality in our organization and this country. Whether you are a service member, wife, mother, daughter, or sister of a service member, or leader in our community – ladies, today we reflect on all that you have contributed, and continue to contribute, to our great state and nation.

​​Thank you.


Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General
Georgia Department of Defense

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The U.S. Secretary of Defense will host a Worldwide "Troop Talk," event Tuesday, September 1st, 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

This event will feature live and pre-recorded questions from service members worldwide, which will then be live streamed via www.Defense.gov and broadcast live throughout the American Forces Radio and Television Service network from Studio 1, Defense Media Activity, Fort Meade, Maryland. The hour-long forum will enable service members to interact directly with the department's top leader on key issues that affect each of them.

Depending on technical capabilities, service members may participate live on the day of the event through remote satellite uplinks, FaceTime, Skype, or in the live studio audience. In addition to service members asking question directly, they will also be encouraged to submit questions via Facebook, Twitter @ #AskSecDef or to email questions to AskSecDef@mail.mil.

For more information visit www.defense.gov.

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., June 21, 2015 - Being a father and leading a family is a large responsibility. Every decision we make and every action we take will have long lasting effects on our children’s young minds and hearts. Our sons learn how to be men from what they see us do and our daughters learn what to expect from men by seeing how we treat women.

The role we play as fathers is difficult enough on a daily basis. Serving in the military, a job which can take us away from our families for extended periods of time, raises the level of difficulty as we protect our country and fellow citizens.

As a service member, it takes hard work and sacrifice to find the right balance between work and home. As a father, there is constant pressure to provide a stable and healthy environment for our families. To the fathers in our organization, I am proud of the example you set and your service to both your family and nation.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and grandfathers in the Georgia Department of Defense.


Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General
Georgia Dept. of Defense

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., June 12, 2015 - On June 14th we celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States Army, the largest military organization in the United States. With over 1.1 million Army personnel serving on active duty, in the Guard and Reserve, we are truly the backbone of the defense of our country.

Led by George Washington, a former member of the Virginia provincial militia (National Guard), the Continental Army was created on 14 June 1775 by the Continental Congress to fight against the British soldiers during the American Revolution. Even back then, the Continental Army was supported heavily by the National Guard, whose structure dates back to the original 13 colonies.

Using the same construct today, Army National Guardsmen have served alongside their active duty Army counterparts in every major conflict since the birth of this nation in order to protect our country and way of life.

On Sunday, we say Happy Birthday to the United States Army and all of its components. To the members of the Georgia Army National Guard, I recognize and thank each of you for your service and sacrifice as well as the service of your families.

I'm proud to serve with all of you!


Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General
Georgia Dept. of Defense

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., May 25, 2015 - We celebrate Memorial Day to honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country. This holiday was initially established to commemorate the death of soldiers who fought and died during the American Civil War and we observe it every year on the final Monday of May.

In the 20th century, the honor was extended to all service members who died in all of America’s wars and is often signified by the placement of American flags on each grave in national cemeteries, such as those we have throughout Georgia.

Within the Georgia National Guard, we have lost 42 of our own in the Global War on Terrorism. They can never be replaced in our lives or the lives of their friends and loved ones, but they will continue to live on in our hearts.

Please remember those that are currently deployed and may God bless and keep us all this Memorial Day.


Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General
Georgia Department of Defense

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, May 16, 2015 - Armed Forces Day was created to pay tribute to the men and women serving in uniform and will be observed this year on May 16, the third Saturday of the month. Parades, open houses and receptions marked the first observance on May 20, 1950 after the military branches were unified under the Department of Defense. Today, the military and patriotic Americans still recognize Armed Forces Day through similar events, honoring the service of our military members.

As such, each of you serving in the Georgia National Guard deserves to be recognized as you have volunteered and sacrificed to serve your country and its citizens. While the Georgia Guard is but a small portion of the 2.3 million men and women serving today, we are vital in the defense of the United States and its citizens, both at home and overseas. It is indeed an honor and privilege to serve with such amazing Americans.

So, Happy Armed Forces Day to each of you and thank you for all you do!


Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General
Georgia Department of Defense

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., May 10, 2015 - Being a parent is not easy. Neither is being in the military. Being a mother in the military requires a delicate balance to effectively operate within both worlds.

Georgia National Guard mothers support and defend the constitution of the State of Georgia and the United States of America. By their service, they teach their children to become productive citizens of society.

National Guard mothers are also resilient and strong while moving the mission forward, often at the price of leaving behind their families to serve our common cause.

So to all of the mothers in our formation – thank you for your service and please know that you are indeed serving as a tremendous role model to your children and to all who know you. It is my honor and privilege to lead and serve alongside you.


Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General
Georgia Department of Defense

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., May 8, 2015 - The sacrifices we make as service members are great. So too are the sacrifices our military spouses make as we serve our country. Our spouses shoulder the burden of countless weekends when we are gone for training and long deployments when we are mobilized, where they must be both mother and father to our children. During those deployments, they endure the pain of separation and fear of the unknown, all the while presenting a strong face so that we may focus on our mission and so our children may continue to thrive in our absence. And in some cases, they become our caretakers when we come back home, be it due to the mental, emotional or physical scars of war.

 

Our military spouses, by nature of their role, are strong, loyal, resilient and committed to our cause, just as much as we are. They are crucial to our successes and there to support us when we falter. They too serve and deserve to be recognized.

So please, give my heart felt appreciation to your spouses for their service, and for the support they provide to you. I also ask that you let them know how much they mean to you as your military spouse. Every now and then, they need to hear it, and in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day today is a great day to express your appreciation to them.

Susan and I are proud to serve with you and your families.

Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General
Georgia Department of Defense
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CSM Phillip Stringfield

CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., April 27, 2015 - It is my distinct pleasure to announce Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Stringfield as the next senior enlisted advisor for the Georgia National Guard. CSM Stringfield will continue to serve as the Georgia Army National Guard's state CSM and also fulfill the roll as my senior enlisted advisor.

I want to thank Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Greene for his outstanding service as the senior enlisted advisor and to congratulate him on his selection as the next command chief for the 116th Air Control Wing. CMSgt Greene has served as the senior enlisted advisor since December 2012 and his selection as the command chief for the 116th ACW is a testament to the work he has performed as the senior enlisted advisor.

The change of responsibility ceremony is currently planned for May 19th at the Clay National Guard Center. More details will follow.

Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General

 

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., March 13, 2015 - Women have served significantly in our nation’s military throughout history. With March designated as Women’s History Month, it is fitting to pause and recognize their contributions.

Although women have historically been prevented from serving in certain combat positions, many have seen direct combat due to the fluid battlefield conditions of the modern battlefield. As the Department of Defense further expands the number of military specialties available for women to serve in direct combat units we will continue to see them succeed and lead in many new roles.

As service members, women have stood in the ranks and courageously defended the Constitution of the United States and the freedoms of the nation’s citizens. Women within the Georgia National Guard have served in key positions throughout our organization and we couldn’t accomplish our mission without them.

I encourage all Georgia DoD personnel to join me in thanking the women, our fellow service members, who continue to make a difference to our State and Nation.

 
Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard
The Adjutant General
Georgia Department of Defense
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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., February 25, 2015 - All Georgia Dept. of Defense offices in the 51 counties covered by the current winter storm warning will have a delayed opening of 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 26th, 2015. The delayed start (arrival) applies to both federal and state employees. Unit, facility and office supervisors are also allowed to exercise discretion on opening (and closing) decisions in these counties based on local road and weather conditions.

​The 51 counties in the winter storm warning are: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Rockdale, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, Walton, White, Whitfield counties.

​All employees are encouraged to exercise caution when deciding to travel tomorrow, based upon their specific situation or location, as personal safety is paramount for all members of the Ga. DoD. However, you must contact your immediate supervisor or chain of command to coordinate any deviation from the two-hour delayed arrival.

​All employees need to continue monitoring Ga. DoD channels (email, S-Portal, Ga. DoD website and social media, etc.) or your local news outlets for updates or changes due to the ever changing conditions and unpredictability of this or any weather event.

​Any unusual or otherwise nonconforming situation - or condition which is not covered in this announcement - should be addressed with the Ga. DoD Human Resources Office or the Ga. State Personnel Office.

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​​To all full-time Ga. DoD personnel (state and federal) in the Atlanta Metro Area and surrounding counties:

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., February 24, 2015 - Due to the high probability of a significant snow/inclement weather event in the Atlanta metro area and counties north, all full-time employees of the Ga. Dept. If Defense - with the exception of those employees designated as critical personnel have been authorized for an early release (in administrative leave status) of noon, tomorrow, February 25, 2015.

Employees may choose to take personal leave OR telework tomorrow, for their scheduled work period prior to noon Wednesday. If the latter option of teleworking is chosen, it is to be coordinated with the employee's immediate supervisor.

Employees are also advised to keep apprised of the ongoing situation either by proactively contacting their immediate supervisor for guidance beyond tomorrow or by monitoring official channels (Ga. DoD S-Portal, Outlook Web Access, Georgia National Guard Facebook page etc.) - or local news outlets for further notifications and instructions.

The forecasted impact area are the following counties: Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dade, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Morgan, Murray, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Rabun, Rockdale, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, Walton, White, Whitfield Counties.

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THIS MESSAGE APPLIES TO ALL EMPLOYEES (STATE AND FEDERAL)

​​CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., February 23, 2015 - As potentially severe weather approaches, employees are advised to watch and listen to WSB-TV Ch. 2/Radio 95.5 FM for updates and possible delayed start times. Administrative leave is authorized only if Governor Deal makes such an announcement. If no announcement is made, use caution and coordinate any late arrivals with your supervisor. Annual leave or comp time may be used, or the time may be made up later in the same work week.

​​If you have any questions or concerns, contact your supervisor or human resources office.

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​​THIS MESSAGE APPLIES TO ALL EMPLOYEES (STATE AND FEDERAL)

CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., February 16, 2015 - Governor Deal has announced delayed work day starting times for Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Employees within the metro Atlanta area are asked to delay their work day reporting time to 1000hrs. All employees north of metro Atlanta may delay one hour later and report at 1100hrs.

These delayed times are for the safety of our employees due to the current forecast of Black Ice across these regions and to reduce traffic congestion.

We remind you that all of you should exercise caution while traveling to work during inclement weather. Please remember to have winter weather supplies in your car, such as winter hat, gloves, coat, sturdy shoes, a blanket, water, and food.

Commanders/Managers/Supervisors will ensure that phones are forwarded appropriately in order to maintain communications. This guidance applies to federal, state, AGR and technician employees. If you have questions, contact your chain of command/supervisor.

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FY 2015 Georgia Department of Defense Employee Survey:

1. Purpose: I have engaged with an independent agency to design and manage a web-based employee survey to encourage frank discussion from you on the performance of our workforce. I would ask that you take a few minutes to complete this short and confidential survey by following the URL https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FY15GaDODemployeesurvey no later than January 31st, 2015.

2. Intent: The number one element in our ability to deliver our services is our people is having the right people with the right skill sets to accomplish our jobs. In order to continue to build an effective and supportive workforce environment, my senior leaders and I depend on feedback from you to fully manage our capability and capacity to accomplish the work of the organization and to maintain a safe, secure and supportive work climate.

a. Your answers will assist the senior leadership team’s understanding of potential impacts and changes required in the workforce that will allow us to better serve our customer and satisfy our employees.

b. Being an employee-focused organization is a long and challenging journey that requires a total commitment from you and the senior leaders of the organization. By providing candid feedback, we can increase employee engagement and satisfaction to continue to be a best-in-class provider of our services.

3. Thank you for your time and service to the Georgia Department of Defense and continuing the tradition of being “America’s Citizen Soldiers.”

Always Ready, Always There, Always on Target!

JAMES B. BUTTERWORTH
The Adjutant General
Georgia Dept. of Defense

 

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To my Georgia National Guard family, it is with heartfelt honor that I send you this message:

CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., November 25, 2014 – Governor Deal has announced that he has asked me to begin serving as the Director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. This change will take place coincident with his new term in office beginning in 2015. As many of you have heard me say, I have been honored to be allowed to be on your team. I have done my best to work for all of you rather than the other way around. It is my sincere hope that my time serving as your Adjutant General has proven that philosophy to be wholly true.

To say that I am proud of our team, the Georgia National Guard family, would be an extreme understatement. Your continued service should be a point of pride every day. At times during my tenure as your “TAG” the challenges have not been easy. I believe some of these challenges, both internally and externally, have made us better. I am genuinely thankful, regardless of the challenge, for the opportunity to have served with you.

On that note, please know that I have done my best to lead our team with God’s grace and with His guidance. If my leadership has been of any benefit during my tenure, I give that credit to His instruction and preparation.

Additionally, rest assured I could not have endeavored to lead this great team without an incredible team of leaders. There are many great warrior leaders throughout this organization. From the most senior members of our leadership team to the newest members of the Georgia Department of Defense, I count many of you as lifelong friends and consider myself fortunate to know you. As new leadership steps in for the next generation you may know that my prayers go with them, as I continue to pray for all of you as well.

Never discount the fact that those who volunteer to perpetuate life and freedom, both at home and abroad, are the true heroes of any generation. Going forward, no matter what challenges life may throw at you, always carry that fact with pride. It is because of this reason that I believe, as President Harry S. Truman once said, that “our nation owes you a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.”

Please call on me at anytime if I may be of service to you in the future.

Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth
The Adjutant General
Georgia Department of Defense

 

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., October 20, 2014 - I wanted to personally write to you and express my deepest sympathy for the recent loss of our Airmen and Soldiers. They were colleagues, friends, and most importantly family. We grieve as any family does, searching for comfort and consolation to relieve us of the impact of their loss. I remind you of the resources below, should you wish to seek any of our many lines of support.

MilitaryOneSource (www.militaryonesource.mil) 800.342.9647

Military Crisis Line 800.273.8255

GA Guard Families (www.georgiaguardfamilyprogram.org)

Joint Services Support (www.jointservicessupport.org)

Mental Health Support (barbara.j.lattimore2.ctr@mail.mil) 678.569.5135

Chaplain Support 678.569.3652

Psychological Health Hotline (24/7) 866.966.1020

Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as we continue to serve our great state and nation through these troubled times.

Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth
Adjutant General
Georgia Dept. of Defense
 

 

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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., Oct. 9, 2014 - Over the weekend our Georgia National Guard family was touched by tragedy, and we were again reminded of the high cost of service to our state and nation.

While on overseas assignment to Kadena Air Force Base, Japan, two Georgia Air National Guardsmen of the 116th Air Control Wing and an Airman of the U.S. Air Force based out of Robins Air Force Base were swept out to sea in the aftermath of a typhoon.

One of the Guardsmen, Senior Master Sgt. James L. Swartz was recovered from the ocean on Sunday and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. We have just learned from U.S. Air Force authorities that the bodies of Master Sgt. Daniel Paschal of the Georgia Air National Guard and Staff Sgt. Joshua Schoenhoff (U.S. Air Force) have also been recovered.

I ask that we lift up the families of these lost Airmen in our prayers so that they may be comforted in this difficult time. Please join me in extending heartfelt wishes of sympathy and support to the Airmen’s families and to their extended Georgia Air Guard family, and let us all take strength from each other during this difficult time.

Brig. Gen. Joe Jarrard Commander
Ga. Army National Guard
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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., September 18, 2014 -Today is the 67th birthday of the United States Air Force, the best and strongest military Air Force in the world with over 500,000 serving in the active duty, guard and reserve components.

 

Since the inception of the United States Air Force 67 years ago today, members of our Georgia Air National Guard have fought alongside their counterparts in every conflict throughout our history.

During the course of the War on Terror, our Georgia Air Guard units have been on continuous rotations overseas, conducting a wide range of operations; from engineering, tactical airlift, air traffic control, tactical air support to communications and intelligence gathering. Each one of these operations performed by our Air Guard members was crucial to the war fight and demonstrates the flexibility and caliber of our units and personnel.

Additionally, our Georgia Air National Guard has been "always ready, always there" to provide assistance to civil authorities during major stateside disasters and threats. ‎

Several of our Georgia Air National Guard units have earned numerous Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards for their superior performance - a remarkable achievement. Our team has truly been a cornerstone of an incredible Air Force legacy.

So, to our Georgia Air National Guard members, I want to thank each of you for your service to the great State of Georgia and to the United States of America. Happy Birthday, USAF!

Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth
Adjutant General
Georgia Dept. of Defense
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CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, Marietta, Ga., September 11, 2014 - Americans will always remember what occurred 13 years ago today. The tragedy of September 11, 2001 must always serve as a reminder of the challenges of freedom and liberty. Forty-two of our fellow Georgia Guardsmen have since made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country during the Global War on Terror. As we continue to honor their memory, we must also remember our mission is not over and we still have Georgia Guardsmen deployed in harm's way.

​​As members of the mightiest military on the face of the earth, much has been asked of our organization and our families over the last 13 years. As we pause to remember the events of September 11, 2001, we also pause to consider how our world has changed since that day. We have defended freedom because it is the right and righteous thing to do. We pause and honor for the same reasons.

​​We'll forever call today Patriot's Day. We'll forever know that our cause is just. We are assured of these things through preparation, readiness and God's blessing. Vigilance is required to remain steadfast as new terror threats continue to emerge, threatening our way of life. As Senator Tom Harkin once said, "We will win this struggle – not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace; So help us God.”

​​So may God bless our Patriots, may God bless Georgia and may God always bless these great United States of America.

Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth
Adjutant General
Georgia Dept. of Defense
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