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Save the Date – April 27, 2024!

Where: Camp Withycombe Auditorium

When: 08:30 – 15:00 Saturday, 27 April 2024

Breakfast will be served beginning at 07:30

Guest Speaker: Dr. Laurel J. Hummel (SES)

We will hold elections for the following ORNGA board positions:

  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Warrant at Large

$15 conference fee (covers food)

Vendor Displays will be set up on Friday 26 APR and run through end of conference on Saturday

About Dr. Laurel J. Hummel

Dr. Laurel J. Hummel PhotoDr. Laurel J. (Laurie) Hummel was sworn in as The Inspector General, National Guard Bureau on 5 May 2020. A member of Chief, National Guard Bureau’s personal staff, she is responsible for the assessment of the economy, efficiency, discipline, morale, esprit de corps, and readiness of the National Guard. She and her NGB-IG team accomplish this through assistance, investigations, and inspections throughout National Guard Bureau and the 54 National Guard organizations in our States, territories, and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Hummel is a retired Army Soldier. Her last military assignment was at the rank of Major General, as the Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard. Simultaneously she served in the Cabinet of Governor Bill Walker as the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). In this role, she was the senior military advisor to the Governor, and had responsibility for the Alaska State Defense Force, the Alaska Naval Militia, homeland security and emergency management, veterans’ affairs, and the Alaska Military Youth Academy. She was also the official liaison between the State of Alaska and the Department of Defense and between Alaska and FEMA. Dr. Hummel retired from military service in January 2019.

Prior to her service in the National Guard, Dr. Hummel served thirty years in the active component, with eighteen years in a variety of intelligence assignments in the 18th Airborne Corps, in Korea, and in Alaska. Then, as an Academy Professor in the U.S. Military Academy’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering she taught cadets, led faculty, and developed curriculum at West Point, culminating her service there as Geography Program Director. With expertise in demographic security and the geographical roots of terrorism, Dr. Hummel served as policy consultant to the Defense Intelligence Agency and other organizations. She joined several missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom: first as an advisor for a program using social and environmental science to help commanders in the field better understand cultural conditions and make smarter decisions, then twice as a senior advisor to the leaders of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan.

Dr. Hummel holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado, master’s degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage (Educational Leadership), the Army War College (Strategic Studies), and Penn State (Geography), and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy. She also earned an Executive Certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University. Dr. Hummel is married to MG Chad J. Parker. They have two children, three grandchildren, and a cladder of rescued cats.