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National Guard names Howard man as new assistant adjutant general

Change of Guard
South Dakota Army National Guard
Brig. General Patrick Pardy at a change of guard ceremony.

Brig. General Patrick Pardy, of Howard, became the assistant adjutant general of the South Dakota Army National Guard during a recent ceremony at Camp Rapid in Rapid City.

Pardy will now advise the adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Jeff Marlette, on strategic planning, strength management, troop readiness and mobilization support of the state’s nearly 3,100 Army National Guard soldiers.

Pardy succeeds Brig. General Michael Oster. Oster will serve in Pardy’s previous assignment as land component commander for Joint Force Headquarters.

In civilian life, Pardy serves as a circuit judge in South Dakota’s Third Judicial Circuit in Madison.