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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
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August 10, 2017
17:047

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IDAHO'S TOP MILITARY LEADER ANNOUNCES OCTOBER RETIREMENT

(BOISE) – Maj. Gen. Gary L. Sayler announced today that he will retire October 31 after more than seven years as Adjutant General of the Idaho National Guard, capping an exemplary 45-year military career.

Sayler began his career as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps.  His initial operational assignment began in 1972 in Thailand, flying combat missions throughout Southeast Asia.  He joined the Idaho Air National Guard in 1977 as a Weapons Systems Officer for the 124th Tactical Reconnaissance Group.  He later flew combat missions in the F4-G over Iraq during operations Southern Watch and Provide Comfort.    

“The highlight of my military career has been the honor of serving the civilians, soldiers, airmen and families of the Idaho Military Division,” Sayler said.  “I’ve been blessed with support from a tremendous community here in Idaho and will always be grateful for that.”

Sayler’s list of command assignments includes Flight Commander, Deputy Commander for Resources, Operations Group Commander, Fighter Group Vice-Commander, Wing Commander and Assistant Adjutant General-Idaho Air National Guard. During his career he flew the T-29, the F-4C/D/E/G, the RF-4C and the C-130E.  Sayler has received numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal with silver oak leaf cluster.   

As Adjutant General, Sayler serves at the pleasure of the Governor and is responsible for the training, readiness and management of all units of the Idaho National Guard. He also is director of the Idaho Military Division, which includes the Office of Emergency Management, Public Safety Communications and the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy.

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