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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
GOVERNOR

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2017
17:063

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GOVERNOR ELEVATES ARMY NATIONAL GUARD COLONEL TO IDAHO ADJUTANT GENERAL

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced his selection today of Idaho Army National Guard Col. Michael J. Garshak to be Idaho’s next adjutant general – commanding officer of the Idaho National Guard.

He will succeed Idaho Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Gary L. Sayler, who is retiring November 1 after a 40-year military career.  A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, November 5, at Gowen Field in Boise.

Garshak, 52, now is chief of staff for the Idaho Army National Guard. As Idaho’s 25th adjutant general he will be advanced to the rank of brigadier general.

“I am truly honored and appreciate Governor Otter’s trust and confidence in my abilities. I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve Idaho and the nation in this capacity,” he said.

“Colonel Garshak has all the qualities that distinguish our best military officers. He has command presence, extensive knowledge and understanding of both the Air and Army sides of Idaho National Guard operations, and great respect for the men and women who put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf,” Governor Otter said. “He will continue the fine tradition of leadership that the Idaho National Guard has been fortunate to have over the years.” 

Garshak has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northern Arizona University in 1987 and has a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Garshak and his wife Dina live in Meridian. They have three children.

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