Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky National Guard Pins Newest General

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 09, 2009  
Contact Information:  David Altom
Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Joseph M. Richie was pinned with the rank of brigadier general, and named as the Kentucky Army National Guard’s newest Land Component Commander in a ceremony held Feb. 8 at the Boone National Guard Center Armory.
                In his responsibilities, Richie will take oversight of all training and strategic planning in the Kentucky Army National Guard.
                “I look forward to giving back to those Soldiers the same kind of effort they give me,” said Richie.
                “My next goal in the National Guard is to be the best leader I can be for the Kentucky Army National Guard,” he said.
              Richie joined the Kentucky Guard in 1981 and has held numerous command positions during his career. He mobilized in support of Hurricane Katrina operations in 2005, and most recently with the Kentucky ice storm efforts.  
             Richie lives in Indianapolis, Ind., with his wife, Roni, and has two daughters, Jenny and Jamie.