MADISON - Governor Jim Doyle today formally recognized Scott Legwold's
promotion to general officer rank by pinning him with the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony at the State Capitol.Legwold, of Waunakee, is director of the Wisconsin National Guard's Joint Staff, responsible for overseeing all Joint Staff functions, both Army and Air National Guard, in Joint Force Headquarters, and is responsible for the planning and execution of all domestic operations on behalf of the adjutant general conducted in support of civil authorities by the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard.
military service stretches back nearly 30 years and he
brings with him a wealth of experience and a history of dedicated service," Governor Doyle said."From his
service both here in Wisconsin and on missions overseas, to his
long list of recognitions, I know General Legwold
has the talent, the experience, and the vision to continue the high caliber of leadership our National Guard
needs at this critical time." Legwold holds a bachelor's degree University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master's degree from UW-Stout.His
military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Air Assault Course, the Command and General Staff College
and the Combat Service Support Pre-Command Course.He is a July 2002 graduate of the U.S. Army War College and received an additional master's degree in Strategic Studies from that institution.
is also a 2008 graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College
Advanced Joint Professional Military Education Course.
Gen. Legwold began his
military career in September 1979 with Air Force ROTC at the University of Minnesota
.After transferring to UW-Eau Claire in 1981, he joined 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, Wisconsin Army National Guard, as a Redeye-Stinger missile gunner.He
was commissioned a second lieutenant through the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia
, in August 1982, and continued in the 128th as a platoon leader, battalion air operations officer, and company commander.He served at the Wisconsin Military Academy for six years starting in 1992, culminating with assignment as regimental executive officer and operations officer.In 1998, he became the state training officer in the Directorate of Plans, Operations and Training at Wisconsin National Guard headquarters.He
assumed command of the 132nd Forward Support Battalion the following October.In October 2000, he became director of information management for the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and in January 2004, he was named chief of the Joint Staff.In April 2006, he mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom, serving as director of strategic planning for Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan, then as director, Initiatives Group, Political Military Affairs, for Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.He
returned to Wisconsin and resumed his
duties as chief of the Joint Staff in June 2007.
Gen. Legwold's military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal, the Expert Infantry Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.He received the U.S. Army National Training Center's Hamby Award and is a member of the Military Order of Saint Barbara, an honorary society of artillerymen. General Legwold
is married to Sandy, who is currently a Lt.Col. in the U.S. Army Reserve.