Major General Jeffrey P. Marlette was appointed by Governor Krisit Noem as
South Dakota’s 22nd Adjutant General on June 8, 2019. As the adjutant general,
he serves as the commanding general for both the South Dakota Air and Army
National Guard and guides the preparation of more than 4,200 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and over 1,000 full-time federal and state employees to
respond in times of state or national emergency. He is responsible for federal
and state missions, assignment of leaders, recruiting, training, equipping,
mobilization, facilities and public relations. He is also responsible for
formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs
affecting Army and Air National Guard members in South Dakota. Marlette
serves on the governor’s cabinet as the secretary of The Department of the Military. In this
capacity, he is the principle advisor to the governor on all matters involving
use of the National Guard.
Marlette began his military service, enlisting in the South Dakota Army National Guard in 1980. He received his commission through the South Dakota Military Academy Officer Candidate School in 1982. Marlette's command assignments include commander, 235th General Supply Company, commander, 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, commander, Joint Forces Headquarters, commander, 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and assistant adjutant general - Army. During his 41-month tenure as commander, 2nd Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, the battalion successfully deployed for 14 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. The battalion received the Distinguished Unit Citation for their outstanding performance during their deployment.
Prior to Maj. Gen. Marlette's selection as South Dakota's 22nd Adjutant General, he served as a policy advisor and West River Regional Director for U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds. In that role, he supported Sen. Rounds in his committee assignments on Senate Armed Services and Senate Veteran's Affairs. He also served many years as a superintendent of schools in South Dakota school districts.
Marlette holds Bachelors and Master's Degrees in Education from Northern State University, an Education Specialist Degree from the University of Sioux Falls and a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.