Major General Gus L. Hargett, Jr. is the 74th Adjutant General of Tennessee. General Hargett was appointed to the state’s top military position in 2002, and reappointed by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2003. He is responsible for the supervision of the Military Department of Tennessee that includes the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and the Tennessee State Guard.
General Hargett enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard August 31, 1962, serving as an enlisted infantry soldier. Upon completion of Officer Candidate School (Tennessee Military Academy), he was commissioned an infantry officer on August 6, 1966.
General Hargett has served in various staff and leadership assignments within the Tennessee Army National Guard and the National Guard Bureau to include assignments as the Assistant Adjutant General, Army; Chief, Mobilization Plans with the III US Corps; Chief, Plans Division Fifth US Army; and Chief, Overseas Deployment Training, HQ, US Army Europe; during Desert Shield / Desert Storm served as Chief Operations/Exercise Division, National Guard Bureau; War College Fellowship, Ohio State, and currently serves as a member of Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee. General Hargett has the distinction of being the first National Guard officer to attend the resident NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. General Hargett is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board, National Guard Association of the United States.
1962 Cumberland University – BA Degree – Criminal Justice 1968 Military Police Officer Basic Course 1971 Military Police Advance Course 1976 Command and General Staff College 1981 Electronic Warfare Staff Officer Course 1982 Tennessee Civil Defense, Radiological Monitoring Course 1982 Tennessee Civil Defense, Instructor Workshop 1984 Mobilization Planners Orientation Course 1985 Armor Field Grade Officer Refresher Course 1988 NATO Defense College 1988 Defense Language Institute, German Language Training1990 US Army War College 1993 US Army Command and General Staff College, Mobilization and Deployment Planning Course 1998 Tennessee Government Executive Institute
1. Aug 66 – Jul 67, Platoon Leader, Co A, 3/117th Infantry Bn, 3rd Bde, 30th Armored Div, Ripley, TN2. Jul 67 – Jan 68, Executive Officer, Co A, 3/117th Infantry Bn , 3rd Bde, 30th Armored Div, Ripley, TN3. Jan 68 – Nov 72, Platoon Leader, 268th Military Police Co, 168th Military Police Bn, Ripley, TN4. Nov 72 – Nov 75, Company Commander, 268th Military Police Co, 168th Military Police Bn, Ripley, TN5. Nov 75 – Oct 78, S-4, Headquarters and Headquarters Det, 168th Military Police Bn, Dyersburg, TN6. Oct 78 – Apr 82, S-2/S-3, Headquarters and Headquarters Det, 168th Military Police Bn, Dyersburg, TN7. Apr 82 – Jun 84, Chief, Mobilization Plans, G3/DPT, III US Corps, Ft. Hood, TX8. Jun 84 – Jun 86, Chief, Plans Division, ODCSPOS, Headquarters, Fifth US Army, Ft Sam Houston, TX9. Jun 86 – Aug 87, Instructor, Mobilization and Deployment Planning Course, Command and General Staff College, Ft. Sam Houston, TX10. Aug 87 – Mar 88, Student, NATO Defense College, Rome, Italy11. Mar 88 – May 88, Student, Defense Language Institute, Washington, D.C.12. May 88 – Jul 89, Chief, Overseas Deployment Training Branch, ODCSOPS, Headquarters, US Army, Europe, Heidelberg, Germany13. Jul 89 – Jun 90, Student, United States Army War College Fellowship, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH14. Jun 90 – Apr 92, Chief, Operations and Exercises Branch, National Guard Bureau Pentagon, Washington, D.C.15. Apr 92 – Apr 94, Commander, Det 1, Troop Command, TN Army National Guard, Nashville, TN16. Apr 94 – Jul 02, Asst. Adjutant General, Headquarters, TN Army National Guard, Nashville, TN 17. Aug 02 – Present, The Adjutant General, Headquarters, TN National Guard, Nashville, TNMAJOR
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Legion of Merit (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)Air Force Commendation MedalArmy Achievement MedalArmy Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Leaf Cluster)National Defense Service MedalArmed Forces Reserve Medal (with 1 Gold Hourglass Device)Army Service RibbonOverseas Service RibbonArmy Superior Unit AwardArmy Staff Identification BadgeOklahoma Distinguished Service MedalTennessee National Guard Distinguished Service MedalTennessee National Guard Commendation RibbonTennessee National Guard Individual Achievement RibbonTennessee National Guard Service Ribbon (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)Tennessee National Guard Volunteer Ribbon
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
2LT ARNG 6 Aug 66 1LT ARNG 5 Aug 69 CPT ARNG 21 Nov 72 MAJ ARNG 6 Oct 78 LTC ARNG 24 Nov 82 COL ARNG 14 Mar 91 BG ARNG 16 Dec 95 MG ARNG 01 Aug 02