First female to hold office of Deputy Adjutant General

BISMARCK — Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber has been named the next deputy adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard, according to a press release from the Guard. She is the first female to hold this position in the North Dakota National Guard. She succeeds Brig. Gen. Robert Becklund who is retiring on Oct. 1.

“This is a great day for the North Dakota National Guard,” said Gov. Doug Burgum. “General Huber is a highly qualified military officer with the leadership and military expertise that make her the right person to serve in this position and help lead the Soldiers, Airmen and civilians of the North Dakota National Guard.”

Huber, who is currently assigned as the assistant adjutant general-Army, was promoted to brigadier general in April. As the deputy, she would serve as acting adjutant general in his absence.

“Brig Gen Huber is a proven leader; she is the right person at the right time to serve in this important position,” said Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general. “She has deployed twice, served at every level of command and been a key member of our headquarters’ staff. Her dedication to our organization and passion for serving our Soldiers, Airmen, civilian employees, families and survivors, make her a great addition to our leadership team.”

A native of Bismarck, Huber, has served in the North Dakota Army National Guard since enlisting in 1989. Just a year later, in 1990, she deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the Mandan-based 191st Military Police Company. Huber earned her commission as a second lieutenant through the University of North Dakota’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in 1992. In 2003, she mobilized again for overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving as the personnel officer for the 142nd Engineer Battalion.

During Huber’s traditional Army National Guard career, she has held many key positions including command of the 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, the 164th Engineer Battalion and the 164th Regional Training Institute. Most recently, she served as the operations officer for the Joint Force Headquarters’ Domestic Operations Section.

Besides her commands and other traditional military positions, Huber has worked as a full-time employee for the North Dakota National Guard since 1998. She held positions as a plans and operations specialist, director of the State Family Program and manager of the North Dakota National Guard’s Army Guard Reserve (AGR) program. She’s served as the director of the North Dakota National Guard’s Manpower and Personnel for the past 10 years.

A graduate of Bismarck’s St. Mary High School, Huber holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of North Dakota. She earned a master’s degree in human resource management from the University of Mary and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Her military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with M Device), the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Meritorious Unit Award, National Guard Commendation Ribbon, the North Dakota National Guard Achievement Ribbon, the North Dakota National Guard Strength Management Ribbon, the North Dakota Army National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon, the North Dakota National Guard Service Ribbon and the North Dakota National Guard Outstanding Unit Award. She is also a recipient of the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal awarded by the U.S. Army Engineer Association.

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