Army Guard Director to Retire after 40 Years in Uniform

(Jan. 15, 2014)  Lt. Gen. William E. Ingram Jr., the director of the Army National Guard for more than two years, will retire at the end of this month from the military after more than 40 years of service.

Ingram became the head of the Army Guard in November 2011 after serving more than nine years as the North Carolina adjutant general and one year in the Pentagon as special assistant to the vice chief of staff of the Army.

Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons, who has been the deputy director of the Army Guard since July 2013, will take the reins as acting director until a permanent replacement is nominated and confirmed.

Ingram received his commission in 1972 through the Officer Candidate School of the North Carolina Military Academy at Fort Bragg, N.C. He has commanded forces of the U.S., the United Nations and NATO in Croatia, Macedonia and Kosovo.

His promotion to brigadier general took place in July 2001. As adjutant general, he oversaw the mobilization of 20,000 Guardsmen during the war on terrorism.

Lyons spent four years as the Nebraska adjutant general before his assignment as deputy director of the Army Guard. He received his commission in May 1983 and was promoted to brigadier general in December 2010.