Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement honoring Indiana Adjutant General R. Martin Umbarger for his 45 years of service to the Indiana National Guard:
“I want to congratulate one of our most distinguished Hoosier heroes on his retirement after an incredible 45 years of dedicated service. General Umbarger has set an inspiring example of dedication to the defense of freedom, service before self, and what it means to be an officer. His patriotism and public service to Hoosiers across Indiana has been nothing short of commendable for nearly five decades. On behalf of the people of the Second Congressional District of Indiana, I commend General Umbarger for his service to Indiana and the United States. I further congratulate and offer my sincerest appreciation to him on his retirement and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
General Umbarger was appointed as The Adjutant General of Indiana on March 11, 2004, reappointed by Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., on Dec. 1, 2004 and then reappointed by Gov. Michael Pence on Dec. 13, 2012.
He began his career as an enlisted Soldier for the Indiana Army National Guard in 1969. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant, infantry branch, in June 1971 after graduating from the Indiana Military Academy as a distinguished military graduate. Prior to his current assignment, Adjutant General Umbarger served as the deputy commanding general for the reserve component, U.S. Forces Command. He also served as commanding general of the 76th Infantry Brigade, which executed a very successful deployment and rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.
Umbarger is set to retire on May 31. Pence appointed General Courtney Carr to succeed Umbarger.