During the ceremony, Landreneau, the 48th appointed adjutant general of Louisiana, will examine the formation of troops and the display of equipment, vehicles and helicopters prior to passing the colors to his successor, Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis, who was appointed adjutant general on Nov. 3.
Landreneau, a native of Vidrine and graduate of Vidrine High School, enlisted as a private into the National Guard in 1969. He went on to graduate from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a bachelor of science degree in agronomy and later received a master of science in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Landreneau said growing up on the family farm and in the farming community of Vidrine helped set him up for his future success.
“I think growing up on a farm with parents that really believed and provided a very strong family environment “» taught us discipline and the values of hard work, and I think that has served me well throughout my career “»
“Vidrine High School, it was a small school, but the teachers and principals were very dedicated and committed to being good role models and to giving each of us that attended school there a good educational foundation that helped us later in life,” he said.
Landreneau commanded more than 11,500 soldiers and airmen and will retire as the longest, current serving adjutant general in the nation, with nearly 14 years of service.
He received his commission from the Officer Candidate School in 1971 as a second lieutenant and later commanded the 527th Engineer Battalion during its deployment in Operation Desert Storm. He was assigned as the adjutant general on Nov. 8, 1997, and was promoted to major general on July 30, 1998.