By Staff Sgt. Beth Houx
Indiana National Guard
The Indiana National Guard welcomed its newest adjutant general during an assumption of command ceremony on the steps of the Indiana War Memorial Sunday.
Following his tour at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., Brig. Gen. R. Dale Lyles returned to Indiana to assume command of nearly 12,500 Hoosier soldiers and airmen. He was appointed to serve as the 59th adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard on Oct. 1, 2019, by Indiana’s governor, Eric Holcomb.
“Brig. Gen. Lyles is a life-long Hoosier, and we’re proud to have him back home. He will lead with courage, conviction and the vision that will take our state’s defense to the next level,” said the governor and commander in chief of the Indiana National Guard.
A native of Salem, Indiana, Lyles earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University in 1989, and was a 1994 graduate of the Indiana Military Academy where he received his commission. Additionally, Lyles earned a master’s degree in management from Oakland City University and a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College in strategic studies. Throughout his 25 years of military service, Lyles held multiple command and staff positions and served in two overseas deployments.
During his address to the troops in the ceremony, Holcomb highlighted Lyles’ career achievements, high standards and moral distinction.
“His spirit of service and his commitment to excellence with high expectations will serve him and you well,” said Holcomb.
Lyles accepted his appointment in front of a small contingent of guardsmen representing the various organization across the state, as well as friends, family and special guests during the ceremony.
“Today’s ceremony is symbolic of a visual affirmation that the Indiana National Guard has a new leader,” said Lyles. “But this event is not about a new leader, rather it’s another step in the organization’s journey.”
During his speech, Lyles emphasized the force’s capabilities, current operations and missions, economic impact on the state, and his plans for the Indiana National Guard’s future.
“Our mission is one of readiness, and our citizen soldiers and airmen are our highest priority,” said the new adjutant general. “In preparing Guardsmen to adapt to the ever-evolving threats we face, whether at home or abroad, the National Guard will not just make people our highest priority, but holistically look at how we acquire, develop, employ and retain that talent. This includes effective programs for talent management, leader development and resilience, along with family programs that address the physical, educational, spiritual and other needs of guard members and their families.”
Brig. Gen. Lyles seeks to continue and better the Indiana National Guard’s dual mission of being a relevant and reliable force that stands ready to aid the local community in time of need and support the federal mission while serving overseas.
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