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Contributed by Arizona Military Museum
The Arizona Adjutants General exhibit is comprised of photographs of Adjutants General in Arizona from territorial days to the present. An Adjutant General is the highest ranking officer of a state's militia or National Guard when it is not called into federal service. When called to federal service by order of the President for deployment in foreign wars or to support large scale civil disturbances, the Guard personnel are answerable to the federal military chain of command all the way up to the President. Adjutants General are state political appointees selected by their respective governors and historically often did not need military experience to be selected. The federal law now requires that all National Guard officers including Adjutants General meet certain minimal requirements for civilian and military education and experience. Adjutants General attain the rank of Major General (two star) as their state's highest ranking military officer.