Governor Mike Pence has selected Brigadier General Courtney Carr to be the next Adjutant General of Indiana. Carr, who served in a variety of roles in the Indiana National Guard from 1991 to 2011, will succeed Major General Martin Umbarger.
April 9, 2015
Indianapolis, Ind. — Governor Mike Pence today has selected Brigadier General Courtney P. Carr to become the Adjutant General of Indiana upon the retirement of Major General R. Martin Umbarger on May 31, 2015.
“With more than three decades of devoted military service, Brigadier General Courtney P. Carr’s background and expertise make him an unmatched choice for Indiana’s Adjutant General,” said Governor Pence. “I am confident his leadership and vision will serve well the more than 14,000 men and women who make up the Indiana National Guard.”
General Carr began his career in 1983 upon commissioning as a Regular Army officer from the United State Military Academy at West Point.
From 1991 to 2011, General Carr served in a variety of roles around Indiana as a member of the Indiana National Guard. During this time, his service included serving as Commander of the 1st Battalion of the 151st Infantry, where he led several hundred soldiers and deployed with them to Bosnia just after 9/11 in February of 2002. He also served as Commander of the 138th Regiment Combat Arms in Edinburgh, a training organization for officers and sergeants. In 2007, Carr was chosen as Commander of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, comprised of approximately 4,500 Indiana Guardsmen, and he deployed with them to Iraq. To this day, it remains the largest Indiana Army Guard deployment since World War II.
Currently, he serves as Deputy Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization for the U.S. Army at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. In this role, he supports function associated with Army current operations, force readiness, mobilization, military support to civil authorities, and anti-terrorism/force protection.
General Carr is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and his master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.
Governor Pence also extended his appreciation to Major General Umbarger for his more than 45 years of service to the Indiana National Guard in a variety of positions, including the past eleven years as Adjutant General of Indiana.
“Major General R. Martin Umbarger has served with distinction as Indiana’s Adjutant General for more than 11 years, making him the second longest serving Adjutant General in our state’s history,” said Pence. “The people of Indiana are indebted to him and his family for their years of service to our state and nation, and we wish him well upon his retirement.”
When Umbarger announced his retirement last year, he said, “It has been my highest honor and privilege to serve as the Adjutant General for the state of Indiana. This is not a sad day but a very happy day as I reflect on the honor of serving with the best women and men of our state and nation.”
Source: Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence