Board Officers


President: MG Glenn H. Curtis (TAG, LANG)

President: MG Glenn H. Curtis (TAG, LANG) - Board Officers & Trustees

Message from the Adjutant General

Major General Glenn H. Curtis is the Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard. He is responsible for the deployment and coordination of programs, policies and plans affecting the more than 11,500 members of the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard.

General Curtis graduated from Buckeye High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business from Louisiana State University and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

General Curtis enlisted in the Louisiana National Guard in March 1982. He attended the Louisiana National Guard Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1984. From July 1986 to September 1997, General Curtis served in various positions of increasing responsibility from Platoon Leader, Construction Officer, S-4, Company Commander, Plans Officer, S-3, and Executive Officer. General Curtis served as Battalion Commander of the 1088th Engineer Battalion in Plaquemine, Louisiana from September 1997 to April 2000 and 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry in Lake Charles, Louisiana, from April 2000 to August 2001. He was assigned as the Commander of the 225th Engineer Group from September 2001 to October 2004. General Curtis also served as the J-4, Director of Logistics, Joint Force Headquarters-Louisiana. He was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in December 2004 and served as the Chief of Staff, Purchasing and Contracting Officer in Baghdad, Iraq. In November 2005, following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, General Curtis was assigned as the Chief of the Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters-Louisiana. General Curtis served as the Director of the Joint Staff from 1 April 2007 until 3 November 2011 when he was appointed as the Adjutant General.

General Curtis’ military education includes the NBC Defense Officer/NCO Course, Engineer Officer Basic Course, Defense Hazardous Materials Handling Course, Unit Movement Officer Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff Officer Course, and the U.S. Army War College.

His awards, decorations, and honors include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with one Silver and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass and “M” Device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon with Numeral 2, Louisiana Legion of Merit, Louisiana Commendation Medal, Louisiana Retention Ribbon, Louisiana War Cross, Louisiana Cold War Victory Ribbon, Louisiana Emergency Service Medal with two Bronze Fleur-de-Lis, and Louisiana Longevity Ribbon with four Bronze Fleur-de-Lis.

General Curtis resides in Alexandria, Louisiana. He is married to the former Jill Juneau and is the father of three children: Meagan, Nicholas, and Jacob.

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1st Vice President: BG (Ret.) Thomas Beron (Attorney, McMoRan Oil & Gas, LLC / NOLA)

1st Vice President: BG (Ret.) Thomas Beron (Attorney, McMoRan Oil & Gas, LLC / NOLA) - Board Officers & Trustees

Mr. Beron began his career as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army in 1985. His assignments included West Germany, Berlin, Fort Benning, Georgia and Washington, D.C. In 1990 he was deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Upon leaving active duty in 1994, Mr. Beron attended Tulane Law School where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Mr. Beron practiced with Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans where his practice focused on transactional issues for oil and gas companies. In 2011, Mr. Beron joined Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas as a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel.

Mr. Beron served for 18 years in the Louisiana National Guard and retired at the rank of Brigadier General in 2011. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Pathfinder, Jumpmaster and Ranger courses. His military Awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Expert Infantry Badge and Combat Infantry Badge

In addition to law school, Mr. Beron earned a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College.

2nd Vice President: COL John Dunlap (Attorney, Dunlap Fiore, LLC / Baton Rouge)

2nd Vice President: COL John Dunlap (Attorney, Dunlap Fiore, LLC / Baton Rouge) - Board Officers & Trustees

Mr. Dunlap began his career as a prosecutor serving on active duty in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps. In 1990 he was deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

He has been in the private practice of law in Baton Rouge, Louisiana since completion of his active duty tour in 1992, where he practices in the areas of construction law, surety law, federal contracting, business law, public finance law and commercial litigation. He has extensive litigation experience in commercial and construction law in both State and Federal courts at the district and appellate court levels. He has represented sureties, owners, contractors and design professionals in the arbitration and mediation of construction disputes.

As a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana, Mr. Dunlap represents several state agencies in both litigation and regulatory matters. He represents the state in bid disputes, risk litigation, civil rights litigation and Federal grant management and compliance. He has experience working with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security on Homeland Security grants and has assisted local governments and contractors with issues relating to FEMA project worksheets and floodplain management. Mr. Dunlap has served as counsel in the issuance of Louisiana Local Government Environmental Facilities and Community Development Authority Revenue Bonds. He is listed in the “Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace” (the Red Book) as nationally recognized Bond Counsel.

Mr. Dunlap is a Colonel in the Louisiana National Guard and currently serves as the State Judge Advocate and the senior legal advisor to Major General Glenn Curtis, The Adjutant General. In April 2004, he was mobilized for 18 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His military Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge.

He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Construction and Surety Law section, the American Bar Association, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, the Forum on the Construction Industry the National Bond Claims Association, the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Louisiana National Guard Museums, Inc.

Secretary: COL Michael Kazmierzak (LANG)

Secretary: COL Michael Kazmierzak (LANG) - Board Officers & Trustees

Mr. Kazmierzak began his career in the Army Reserve in 1988. Following graduation from Purdue University as a Distinguished Military Graduate, he entered active duty as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army in 1993. His assignments included the Republic of Korea, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the Federal Republic of Germany.

In 2001, Mr. Kazmierzak transferred to the Army National Guard and in 2002 he began teaching Army ROTC at Tulane University. In 2004 after being mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom III, he served as an Infantry Company Commander and led combat operations in Al Taji and Baghdad, Iraq. While on patrol in Baghdad, he was severely wounded by a car bomb. Following his recovery in 2005 at Walter Reed Army Hospital, he returned to active duty. In 2010, he deployed to Haiti as the Deputy Task Force Commander for a New Horizons mission, providing construction and medical support to the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake.

Mr. Kazmierzak is a Colonel in the Louisiana National Guard and has served the state for more than 13 years. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne, Mountain Warfare, Air Assault, Ranger, Master Fitness, Combined Arms & Services Staff School, and Command & General Staff College courses. His awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

In addition to his graduation from Purdue University, Mr. Kazmierzak earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Norwich University and a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Army War College.

Treasurer: MAJ Daniel Fritts (LANG)

Treasurer: MAJ Daniel Fritts (LANG) - Board Officers & Trustees

Mr. Fritts is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting. After graduating, he began his accounting career working for Deloitte as a staff accountant. During his tenure with Deloitte he serviced a number of public and private clients in the Gulf Coast Region with a career emphasis in gaming and entertainment and banking industry audits. His private accounting experience includes a brief period as a Vice President of Finance with First National Bankers Bankshares Inc., in which his primary responsibilities included monthly financial statement preparation and general ledger account management. He returned to public practice as a senior accountant with KPMG where he remained until 2008 when he was accessed as a full time member of the Louisiana Army National Guard. His significant clients served with KPMG include The Shaw Group and Lamar Advertising Company. He has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant in good standing since 2003 and is a member of both the State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

MAJ Fritts is a Major in the Louisiana National Guard and currently serves as the Executive Officer for the 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. He has served in a number of command assignments and has worked at the joint level as a branch manager for the Human Resources Division. His overseas training experience encompasses training in Japan, Germany and Belize in various bilateral training exchanges. He is a two time combat veteran serving both tours in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom III and Operation Iraqi Freedom X. His military Awards and Achievements include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Trustees


MG (Ret.) Bennett C. Landreneau (Retired TAG / Central LA)

MG (Ret.) Bennett C. Landreneau (Retired TAG / Central LA) - Board Officers & Trustees

Major General (Retired) Bennett C. Landreneau was born on October 4, 1947. He graduated from Vidrine High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

In June 1969, General Landreneau enlisted as a Private in the Louisiana National Guard. He attended the Louisiana State Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1971. During Operation Desert Storm, he served on active duty in Southwest Asia as Commander, 527th Engineer Battalion. General Landreneau was appointed as the Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard on November 8, 1997. He served as the Adjutant General for 14 years and retired on November 3, 2011.

During his tenure as the Adjutant General, he was a member of several boards and committees to include the Army Force Structure Committee of the Adjutants General Association of the United States, Public Safety Recovery Committee of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the Governor's Military Advisory Board, the Louisiana Drug Policy Board, and the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Prior to his appointment as the Adjutant General, he worked as a civilian employee with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for over 30 years and retired as the Assistant State Conservationist in 1996.

A few of the many distinguished awards that General Landreneau holds are the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal, the Louisiana Legion of Merit and the Louisiana War Cross.

General Landreneau and his wife, Dolores Fontenot Landreneau, have four children and six grandchildren and reside in Alexandria, Louisiana.

MG (Ret.) Ansel M. Stroud (Retired TAG / North LA)

MG (Ret.) Ansel M. Stroud (Retired TAG / North LA) - Board Officers & Trustees

In Memoriam

Retired Maj. Gen. Ansel "Buddy" M. Stroud Jr. died Friday, July 1, 2016. He was 89. Services were held at Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport.

"His influence on the National Guard during the time he served was tremendous. The generations that have followed have received great benefit from his wisdom and guidance and where he put the National Guard as a whole but also the United States Army and United States Air Force," said Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, the state's current adjutant general. "He is a legend among legends, as far as leaders and general officers go."

Major General (Retired) Ansel M. Stroud, Jr., was born April 5, 1927, in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Belcher High School, attended Baylor University and Texas A&M University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York. His military education includes the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and The Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

General Stroud enlisted in the Army in April of 1944 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant following completion of Officer Candidate School in February 1946. After serving on active duty, he joined the Louisiana National Guard in June of 1947. During his service with the Louisiana National Guard, he served as a Company Commander, Regimental Supply Officer, Aide to the Commanding General of the 39th Infantry Division, and Battalion Commander. In 1968, he was assigned as Chief of Staff for the State Emergency Operations Center, and became Commander of the 356th Support Center (RAO) in 1971. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Adjutant General on May 9, 1972 and in August 1978, was given a dual assignment as Commander of the 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized). General Stroud was assigned as Adjutant General in October 1980. Additionally, he was made. Director of the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness in 1989. He retired on November 8, 1997, after 53 ½ years of military service.

Noteworthy of his 17 ½-year tenure as Adjutant General, was the performance of the Louisiana National Guard units during Desert Storm, when 6,400 Army Guardsmen from Louisiana were mobilized, more than from any other state. In 1991, the Guard and the Office of Emergency Preparedness received high praise for their performance after Hurricane Andrew.

The Louisiana National Guard under his leadership was a finalist for nine years in the Army Community of Excellence competition.

General Stroud's military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with three Hourglass Devices, and the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (NG) with two Oak Leaf Clusters. His Louisiana decorations include the Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal with Fleur-de-Lis, the Legion of Merit, the Cross of Merit, the War Cross, the Louisiana Emergency Service Medal with 19 Fleurs-de-Lis, and the Forty-Year Longevity Medal. He received Distinguished Service Awards from the States of Alabama, Arkansas, and Oregon. He was twice awarded the National Guard Bureau Eagle Award and the United States Army Reserve Meritorious Performance Award. In 1997, he was the first recipient of the National Guard Association of the U.S. President's Award.

In 1977, General Stroud was selected to direct a Department of the Army study on full­time training and administration for the Guard and Reserve. This was known as the “Stroud Study" and was accepted by the Department of the Army as a guideline for requirements of the National Guard and Army Reserve for full-time manning programs. This study was the basis for launching the AGR program.

In addition to his duties as the Adjutant General, General Stroud was active in Scouting. He is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

General Stroud was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award in 1989 by the United States Marshals Service.

In 1995, General Stroud was the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

In 2005, General Stroud was one of the first inductees into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.

General Stroud is a past Chairman of the Shreveport/Bossier Mayors' Prayer Breakfast.

General Stroud is a past President of the Adjutants General Association of the United States, is a past President of the National Guard Association of the United States, and served on the Council of Trustees of the Association of the United States Army. He is a former Chairman of the National Executive Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. He was a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Advisory Board and is a Past Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Orleans Parish Communications District. General Stroud was the 2011 recipient of the Lt. General Raymond S. McLain Medal presented to the Outstanding Army National Guard Leader by the Association of the United States Army. General Stroud also served as a member of the Army Simulation Training Command Senior Leader Advisory Board (STRICOM/SLAB).

General Stroud is the owner of Stroud and Associates, engaged in economic, governmental and managerial consulting. He is married to the former Jane Pearce Joyner. He is the father of four sons: Ansel Martin III, attorney; Daniel G. Stroud, cardio-vascular surgeon; William L. Stroud, attorney; and Michael Allyn Stroud, attorney. General Stroud is an active member of the Ellerbe Road United Methodist Church in Shreveport.

COL Douglas Mouton (General Manager Global Data Center Execution/Microsoft)

COL Douglas Mouton (General Manager Global Data Center Execution/Microsoft) - Board Officers & Trustees

BG (Ret.) Edmund Giering (Retired LANG GO / Central LA)

BG (Ret.) Edmund Giering (Retired LANG GO / Central LA) - Board Officers & Trustees

Edmund Giering is owner and chief executive officer of E. J. Giering III, Consulting Engineer, LLC. The firm is engaged in consulting Civil Engineering work for a variety of projects.

Formerly Giering was the State Conservation Engineer for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana for 15 years until retirement in 2010.

In the private sector (25 years) he has served in a variety of engineering positions including project engineer, head of civil engineering department, branch manager, firm owner and firm president. In the public sector (25 years) he was a distinguished military graduate from the USAF ROTC program at Louisiana Tech University, served on active duty in the Regular Air Force, served in the USAF Reserve (RED HORSE), worked as the Resident Engineer in Charge of Construction for the US Navy and worked for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Giering served a total of 15 years in the USAF and USAF Reserve and 24 years in the US Army National Guard. While serving in the Louisiana Army National Guard Giering commanded the 528th Engineer Battalion and the 225th Engineer Group (now BDE), served as deputy STARC Commander and Assistant Adjutant General-a position from which he retired in 2000.

Giering received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering with emphasis in structures and hydraulics form Louisiana Tech University.

Giering is a registered professional engineer and professional land surveyor with over 50 years of experience in both the private sector and the public sector. He is registered professional engineer in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas and a registered professional land surveyor in Louisiana.

BG (Ret.) Wayne Patterson (VP Louisiana Machinery/ North LA)

Founders Council


MG (Ret.) Bennett C. Landreneau (Retired TAG / Central LA)

MG (Ret.) Ansel M. Stroud (Retired TAG / North LA)