NCNG Promotes Major General as Deputy Adjutant General of North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Civic leader, military officer with deployment experience, an engineer and strategist, is the very model of a modern major general for the North Carolina National Guard. James H. Trogdon, III assumed the rank of Major General as the Deputy Adjutant General of North Carolina at a ceremony held at the NCNG headquarters here May 22.
North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, Reuben F. Young, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (NCDPS), Gene Conti, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina, and many military and civic leaders from across the state gathered to honor the promotion of the 32-year military veteran of multiple state and national deployments.
“Anytime the state needs a job done and thinking beyond the box, you call Jim Trogdon,” said Perdue.
Guard Leaders praised Trogdon for his years of guidance to the NCNG, its Soldiers, Airmen and leaders as they have grown from a strategic reserve to an operational wartime force.
“He has proven he can lead the most experienced National Guard we have ever had,” said Young.
Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, the adjutant general of North Carolina, thanked his deputy for making the Guard ready to deploy.
“He knows what Airmen and Soldiers need to win,” said Lusk.
After the speeches, Perdue called out “publish the order,” as NCNG Soldiers and Airmen came to rigid attention. Trogdon’s daughter walked up to her father and removed the single star on his uniform as one of his sons placed the two star rank of major general in its place.
“I am humbled and fortunate with the trust placed on me,” said Trogdon.
Trogdon is no stranger to the trust of North Carolina; he is the Chief Operating Officer of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He started working there in 1985 as a highway engineer and is a registered professional engineer with more than 23 years experience in the transportation field.
“As citizen Soldiers, we defend our nation as Soldiers, but as a citizen we contribute to good government through service outside the military,” said Trogdon.
He enlisted in the Army in 1980 and received a commission through the North Carolina State University Army ROTC program in 1984 where he was the Distinguished Military Graduate.
His education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NCSU and a master’s degree from the Army War College in Strategic Studies.
Trogdon earned numerous awards and decorations during his service to the state and nation including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge
A career military engineer, he has lead Soldiers from company, battalion and brigade level command to various staff positions across multiple units.