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Ivey selects new leader for Alabama National Guard

Jefferson County native and Auburn University alum Brigadier General David Pritchett will be the next adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard.

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the appointment on Thursday, along with the retirement of current leader Major General Sheryl Gordon.

“In 2017, when I tapped General Gordon to serve as adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard, I noted she was a trailblazer and visionary leader. Her record throughout her tenure has proven that to be true, and I commend her for her service,” Ivey said in a written statement. “While it is important to applaud her for being Alabama’s first female adjutant general, I am proudest of her decades of military service and steadfast leadership. I know General Gordon will continue contributing to this state we call home and our nation.”

Pritchett’s appointment is effective Jan. 1. He is currently director of the joint staff for the Wyoming National Guard. Pritchett received his military start in 1988 in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in Bessemer, but has spent most of his years serving in the Alabama National Guard, according to Ivey’s office.

“We are fortunate to have General Pritchett return to Alabama to serve at the helm of the National Guard. His exceptional military experience and diverse leadership background will help us forge on with existing projects and missions and will help foster even more growth at the Alabama National Guard,” said Governor Ivey.

“There is no better person to fill the shoes left by General Gordon, and I am proud General Pritchett will be joining us in the Ivey Administration. I look forward to working with him in the years to come to ensure Alabama always stands ready and is always there to protect and serve.”

Pritchett said the Alabama National Guard has a storied history of service.

“Our soldiers, airmen and civilians are prepared to face any challenge to ensure the safety of our citizens, protect critical infrastructure, and if necessary, to deploy overseas to fight and win our nation’s wars,” he said. “I am both honored and humbled to be the next leader of the Alabama National Guard.”

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