NO. 5.  AN ACT RELATING TO THE APPOINTMENT OF AN ASSISTANT ADJUTANT GENERAL FOR JOINT OPERATIONS.

(H.444)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  20 V.S.A. § 363 is amended to read:

§ 363.  OFFICERS GENERALLY

The general assembly shall biennially elect an adjutant and inspector general, who shall also be quartermaster general with the rank of a major general.  Such officer may appoint a deputy with appropriate rank, and he may appoint an assistant adjutant general for army and, an assistant adjutant general for air, and an assistant adjutant general for joint operations, without pay, with the approval of the governor, remove them at his pleasure, and.  The adjutant general may remove the appointed assistant adjutant generals and shall be responsible for their acts.  Each Upon appointment, each assistant adjutant general shall be upon appointment a federally recognized officer of the national guard of the rank of lieutenant colonel or above, and shall have a rank of colonel or brigadier general.  Such The deputy and assistants shall perform such duties as the adjutant and inspector general and quartermaster general shall direct, and in the absence or disability of such the officer, the deputy shall perform the duties of that office.  In case a vacancy occurs in the office of adjutant and inspector general and quartermaster general, the deputy shall assume and discharge the duties of such the office until such the vacancy is filled.  Such The appointments shall be in writing and recorded in the office of the secretary of state.  All other officers of the national guard shall be chosen in accordance with such regulations as the governor may prescribe consistent with the laws of this state and the United States.

Approved:  April 22, 2003