Schweitzer Picks New Leader for the National Guard

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer has chosen Brig. Gen. Matthew Quinn to take over as adjutant general of the Montana National Guard.

Former Guard leader John Walsh recently stepped down to run for lieutenant governor on Democrat Steve Bullock’s ticket.

Schweitzer says that Quinn has great experience to lead the Guard’s dual mission of sending troops to combat overseas and helping at home when a natural disaster strikes.

Quinn joined the Army after graduating from Montana State University in 1983. He has served in the Montana National Guard since the early 1990s, and is trained as an engineer.

The adjutant general serves at the pleasure of the governor as a member of the cabinet. Schweitzer, who leaves office at the end of the year, says he hopes the next governor retains Quinn.

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