BISMARCK — The North Dakota National Guard announced Monday, Sept. 9, it has named Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber as its first female deputy adjutant general, making her the No. 2 in the guard.

Huber succeeds Brig. Gen. Robert Becklund, who is retiring Oct. 1.

North Dakota's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, called Huber a "proven leader" and the "right person at the right time" to serve at his side.

"She has deployed twice, served at every level of command and been a key member of our headquarters' staff," he said in a statement. "Her dedication to our organization and passion for serving our soldiers, airmen, civilian employees, families and survivors, make her a great addition to our leadership team."

Dohrmann recommended Huber for the position and Gov. Doug Burgum appointed her, a spokeswoman said. Huber is currently assigned as the assistant adjutant general-Army and has served as the director of the North Dakota National Guard's manpower and personnel for the past decade, according to a news release.

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Huber is a Bismarck native who has served in the North Dakota Army National Guard since enlisting in 1989. She deployed in support of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990, and went overseas again in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.