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Adjutant General

by Jeffrey Allen Howard, 2006

See also: National Guard.

Major General Gregory A. Lusk, Adjutant General of North Carolina, assumed role in 2010.The Militia Acts passed in 1792 and 1795 by the U.S. Congress required the North Carolina legislature in 1806 to establish the Department of the Adjutant General to better organize and train the state militia. The modern adjutant general, appointed by the governor, is director of the North Carolina National Guard. As head of the state's military force, the appointee must have had at least five years' commissioned service in an active status in one of the nation's armed forces. The North Carolina National Guard is subject to the call of the governor for state matters and of the U.S. president in times of national emergency.

Additional Resources:

Adjutant General Records. State Archives of North Carolina.  (accessed November 1, 2013).

Adjutant Generals of North Carolina:

N. C. Adjutant General's Office North Carolina: A Call to Arms! Raleigh [N.C.]: Thompson & Co., 1861. Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

State of North Carolina.  Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of North Carolina (years 1827-1972).|AND&searchtypes=Full%20text|Metadata&applyState=true (accessed December 1, 2016).

Image credit:

"Major General Gregory A. Lusk, Adjutant General of North Carolina, assumed role in 2010." Photograph. North Carolina National Guard.