Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel, former adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard and commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, speaks during her retirement ceremony at the National Guard armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 26, 2019. “I am so very proud since 1978 to have been able to say, ‘I am in the Army,’” said Hummel. “The U.S. Army has provided me an undergraduate and graduate education. It has focused me on a healthy lifestyle and physical, emotional and spiritual fitness. It has presented me with vexing challenges and soaring opportunities, in the company of talented and dedicated teammates.” Hummel served as the adjutant general from February 5, 2015 through Dec. 28, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Michael Risinger/Released)

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