After three decades of military service with the North Dakota National Guard, Jackie Huber was promoted to brigadier general today at Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence. Family, friends and fellow Guard members were present to celebrate the promotion. Huber is only the second female to be promoted to general officer within the North Dakota Army National Guard's ranks.
Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general, presided over the ceremony.
"Promoting a quality officer like Jackie Huber to brigadier general will greatly benefit our organization," said Dohrmann. "She has the right experience, judgement, character and work ethic to succeed at this senior level. I look forward to her continued service as a valuable member of our National Guard leadership team."
With this promotion, Huber will be assigned as the assistant adjutant general - Army. In this position, she will serve as advisor to the adjutant general on issues related to Army Guard strategic leadership, policy and personnel. She will also serve as a member of the North Dakota National Guard's Joint Executive Council and will participate in administrative boards as needed.
A native of Bismarck, Huber, has served in the North Dakota Army National Guard since enlisting in 1989. Just a year later, in 1990, she deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 191st Military Police Company. Huber earned her commission as a second lieutenant through the University of North Dakota's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in 1992. In 2003, she mobilized again for overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the personnel officer of the 142nd Engineer Battalion.
During Huber's traditional Army National Guard career, she has held many key positions including command of the 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, the 164th Engineer Battalion and the 164th Regional Training Institute. Most recently, she served as the operations officer for the Joint Force Headquarters' Domestic Operations Section.
Besides her commands and other traditional military positions, Huber has worked as a full-time employee for the North Dakota National Guard since 1998. She held positions as a plans and operations specialist, director of the State Family Program and manager of the North Dakota National Guard's Army Guard Reserve (AGR) program. She's served as the director of the North Dakota National Guard's Manpower and Personnel for the past 10 years.
A graduate of Bismarck's St. Mary High School, Huber holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of North Dakota. She earned a master's degree in human resource management from the University of Mary and a master's degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Her military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), the Meritorious Unit Award, National Guard Commendation Ribbon, the North Dakota National Guard Achievement Ribbon, the North Dakota National Guard Strength Management Ribbon, the North Dakota Army National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon, the North Dakota National Guard Service Ribbon and the North Dakota National Guard Outstanding Unit Award. She is also a recipient of the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal awarded by the U.S. Army Engineer Association.
Huber and her husband Lane reside in Bismarck.