Jim ‘B-1′ Butterworth tapped as new head of Ga. National Guard

This just in from the state Capitol confirms what was reported Friday:

Gov. Nathan Deal today tapped Sen. Jim Butterworth of Clarkesville to take on the role of adjutant general of Georgia. Butterworth will resign his Senate seat on Oct. 2, the day he takes command as leader of the National Guard.

Butterworth replaces Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt who is retiring after more than 40 years of service, including service in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam and chief of staff, Headquarters, Georgia Army National Guard and Deputy Commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade. ….

The Adjutant General of Georgia is responsible for more than 14,000 personnel in the Georgia Department of Defense, which includes the Georgia Army National Guard, the Georgia Air National Guard and the Georgia State Defense Force.

“B-1” Butterworth is a pilot for Delta Air Lines and a former reservist who flew B-1 Bombers with the Georgia Air National Guard.

The same note from Deal’s press office includes this:

Melvin Everson will succeed Gordon L. Joyner as director of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity. Everson has served as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development since January. A U.S. Army veteran and former Snellville city Council member, Everson was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2005. He became the first African-American Republican to win a contested race since Reconstruction. Everson earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Albany State University. Everson and his wife, Gerri, have one son and reside in Snellville.

Tricia Pridemore will replace Everson as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. Pridemore is a Marietta-based businesswoman with a background in technology companies. She serves on the Georgia World Congress Center Board of Governors, WellStar Hospitals Foundation Board, and the Republican Leadership for Georgia Board of Directors. She co-chaired Deal’s Inaugural Committee. Pridemore earned a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University. She and her husband, Michael, are members of Mount Paran Church in Atlanta.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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September 6th, 2011
5:06 pm

This is proud day for the boots on the ground in the Georgia Guard. Mr. Butterworth can’t get here soon enough.


September 6th, 2011
5:07 pm

More shuffling. Any progress?

John Argo

September 6th, 2011
5:09 pm

Butterworth will do a great job.


September 6th, 2011
5:38 pm

Senator Butterworth has distinguished himself at the capital as a leader with integrity and fortitude and will excel at the Guard. Governor Deal is sending the right man for this tough job.

Ru kidding

September 6th, 2011
5:44 pm

What are Butterworth’s qualifications? He flew B1s? Did he have any military leadership experience? Everson is a good guy. What are Pridemore’s qualifications? Getting beat like a drum in e GOP Chair’s race?

Maggie's Daughter

September 6th, 2011
6:04 pm

Good riddance to the obstructionist senator. He held up real education reform and school choice for children.


September 6th, 2011
6:07 pm

Excllent appointment by Governor Deal. The Guard is in dire need of fresh leadership. Good luck to Senator Butterworth on his new role.

Macon Sergeant

September 6th, 2011
6:11 pm

I’m hoping Butterworth can start tomorrow.

victim of the mountain circuit

September 6th, 2011
6:13 pm

Good riddance. Northeast Georgia will be better off. Now if we could just get rid of a long list of others- judges, lawyers and crooked law enforcement.


September 6th, 2011
6:24 pm

Georgia State Defense Force? You could cut this budget by 30% by getting folding this into the Army or Air Force and rid of those make-belief commanders.


September 6th, 2011
6:26 pm

Let’s just hope the trickle down effect goes as far down as it needs to go. Governor Deal and soon to be Major General Butterworth need to listen to the soldiers and airmen and select honest, upstanding and experienced veterans that the grunts are WILLING to follow, not just follow out of fear of retribution.

Alabama Communist

September 6th, 2011
6:42 pm

More Breaking News On Gov’s Military Appointment……….A source deep within the Dick Cheney Tea Party Bunker said today that Deal’s appointment of “B-1″ General Butterworth as the National Guard Head will assure the State that Alabama will not attack Georgia in a sneak attack over the IQ level of the Republican Party in both States…..


September 6th, 2011
6:43 pm

The best news today is that Tricia Pridemore is taking on a critical role in the Gov’s office, reporting directly to the Gov. She is a role model for activists at every level in both parties: loyalty and competency count in the end. Are you listening, Sue?


September 6th, 2011
7:01 pm

A great general ( Nesbitt) no one can take his place, a class act, and an outstanding leader. Butterworth who? An airmen (Cpt no doubt) in charge of the Army Guard? How does that work? Where will the 2 stars come from? A mystery to me?

Too Long

September 6th, 2011
7:14 pm

I guess we will see what happens now!


September 6th, 2011
8:26 pm

This silliness of medocrity reminds me of how Dixiecrats are like many football fans in Georgia. There are enough of you who believe the lies that you are part of a great winning team, when in fact you have been losers for decades.

Retired Guardsman

September 6th, 2011
9:22 pm

Bothered and Bewildered, I have never taken a bonus nor have I been other than a soldier seeking to make things better for soldiers. I do not as you say “doth protest too much” as quoted from Shakespere. I have been nothing but a pure citizen soldier who has endured the rath from her highness for nothing more than questioning her decisions. There is a current 15-6 out there outlining questionable behaviour on both parts so maybe you are the one who protests too much because your safety balnket is quickly being pulled away to expose your weaknesses as an inept member of the organization.

Silent Jay

September 6th, 2011
9:43 pm

How does Mrs. Butterworth feel about this?

The B-1 was a $40B boondoggle that is famous for crashing on takeoff and landing. (But it got another “B-1 Bob,” Bob Dornan (R-Calif., 115 jobs in his congressional district. Now, there’s money well spent.)

In any event, our B-1 Bob will be in charge of ground troops who have been deployed to the Middle East as much as 6 times–which was never the intent of Founding Fathers, who wanted a militia to defend us stateside, but when the Republicans found out they could federalize the state National Guard, and not have to draft anyone for their Arab Adventure–whoo-hoo.

In other words, the pilot of aircraft that rarely flew is in charge of ground troops worn to the bone. Pretty much a Delta captain is running the Georgia National Guard. He knows nothing of them. Or what they been through. But he will be able to tell them to put their tray table is the original, locked position.

Bonnie Bright

September 6th, 2011
10:10 pm

We can debate the merits of any commander and always there will be supporters and nay sayers. The traditional military has 2-3 year rotations for good reason. It aborts cronies from supporting each other and allows a fresh look every few years. We have some great leaders in the GA Guard and some questionable ones. For my part, I will continue to do an outstanding job to the best of my ability no matter who is in charge. Change will have it’s bumps. The old guy, the new guy… I never agree completely anyway. So let’s give the new TAG a chance to prove himself.


September 6th, 2011
10:57 pm

I was so glad when the news broke Friday that the Guard would have fresh blood at the top. I wish Mr. Butterworth all the best and hope there is much improvement in our future.


September 6th, 2011
11:52 pm

The Senate’s great loss is the Guard’s gain. Congratulations to our fighting men and women for getting this fearless leader of integrity and honor.


September 7th, 2011
5:33 am

Each commander has the opportunity to build their team. MG Nesbitt built his, MG Britt built hers etc. Let’s give the new TAG the opportunity to have a fresh start, bring fresh ideas and move the organization forward. It is not naive to think this can happen, but as we have read in many of the threads for this blog and the previous blog there is some house cleaning to do. It will all come out in the light of day. As many of you know, people cannot keep secrets, so if there are some skeletons waiting to jump out of the closet just getting ready. I believe they will come flying out of the closet within the next couple of months. Just wait and see. I’m ready to see new leadership and hope to see others in waiting given a chance.


September 7th, 2011
6:12 am

They have one Black, so they are passing him around like a foster child. Deal has replaced an honored and qualified jurist with a government leach as the director of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity. We will see if Deal’s replacement for Everson as director of Workforce Development is competent during this time of unemployment and underemployment.

Too Long

September 7th, 2011
7:28 am

What are you smoking Smoke? It doesn’t matter what color someone’s skin is it is just the capability of that person to deliver. Let the skin tone argument go. It is very old and tired.


September 7th, 2011
7:46 am

I look forward to our Guard being proud again and I hope Mr. Butterworth starts to work today.

Clinton "Skeek" Tyree

September 7th, 2011
8:00 am

@Silent Jay — I agree with your notion about the founding fathers. I could never understand that if their was actually War On Terror and it was as serious as President Bush, Cheney and Rumsfelt said it was, why didn’t we institute the draft and go after it whole hawg rather than recycling our National Guard troops over and over again?

The reluctance to insitute the draft was a chicken@#$t way of dealing with this threat and patently unfair to those who were sent back into combat over and over again.

Things would be a little different if governors had to lead their militia into battle!

Road Scholar

September 7th, 2011
8:41 am

After 12 years in the reserves where has he served and what was his rank?


September 7th, 2011
8:52 am

He served in Warner Robins in the 90s. Left as a Captain.

Finally the Buttermilk is out

September 7th, 2011
9:45 am

We were wondering when this guy would be gone. ‘Don’t know why Governor Deal supports this guy, but we’re glad he’s not representing our districts. He was lackluster at best during his senate tenure in north Georgia,and based on his decision not to give the residents of his district the option to vote on alcohol sales on Sunday and on his participation in the Clarkesville city government land purchase shenanigans, he reeks of your typical RINO. By the way, what is the salary and pay grade for a “Georgia National Guard Major General?”

Gut Check

September 7th, 2011
10:35 am

I am sure that the TAG to be is a fine fellow. I don’t think the Governor or most people understand what the TAG does. If he really appreciated what the TAG does then he might want to carefully think through the decision of his selection. The TAG is the military leader for our Air Guard and Army Guard. We are at a critical time. We are about to stand up our Homeland Response Force (HRF). We are waiting on Force Structure changes that will affect this State. I anticipate both the Army and Air may see cuts in Force Structure and resources. We provide training in Africa and Eastern Europe in mil to mil programs. Our Joint Staff works with both Air and Army units in protecting the citizens from natural disasters. The TAG serves as the point person to the Pentagon, NGB, EUCOM, AFRICOM, as well as to other TAGs. We have units that are mobbing and demobbing for and from combat deployments. The Guard is a massive economic engine to this State and the TAG controls billions in federal resources. The personnel, budgeting, and military structure is very complex due to the funding and constraints of that funding as dictated by the Army and Air Force. I don’t make the decision but I will follow the decision. I only implore the new TAG to circle yourself with the most professional leaders because you WILL need their help. No doubt leadership and integrity go along way but if experience is lacking the leader will not appreciate the long term or maybe even short term impact of his decision. The mliltary will look very different from when he last served and from the perch of the TAG’s office.


September 7th, 2011
10:46 am

Thank you Governor Deal for appointing a leader with backbone to straighten out the mess we call a National Guard. From what I hear from my friends in NE Georgia, Butterworth is the right man for the job.


September 7th, 2011
2:00 pm

Thanks to Governor Deal for showing the wisdom to appoint a no-nonsense leader like Butterworth to this important position.


September 7th, 2011
2:23 pm

Jim’s leaving some big shoes to fill in Habersham County. Congratulations to the Guard.


September 7th, 2011
6:36 pm

And so it shall be……let’s wait for the fall out and hope that the troops/organization does not have to suffer much as it goes through this challenging transformation.


September 7th, 2011
7:19 pm

He will be the only TAG in the United States who is not either, or has been, an Air Force General or Army General. The other 53 TAGs are actual generals. Our new TAG will only be a general in Georgia.


September 8th, 2011
12:53 am

I’ve followed Senator Butterworth’s rapid ascent. He was clearly head and shoulders above the typical Capital politico. No surprise Deal trusts him with this assignment.


September 8th, 2011
6:09 am

Of the 32 years I’ve worked the Capital, I have seen no Committee Chairman run a meeting better than Chairman Butterworth. Butterworth stays a step ahead and is always an honor to our democracy. To those who have seen Butterworth work, it’s clear he will be a great leader for our soldiers and airmen.

William Taylor

September 8th, 2011
2:23 pm

I wish for General Nesbitt the very best he is a combat soldier from Vietnam and has sserved his nation both on active duty and as a Guardman. I also wish for the new TAG the very best and can oly pray he has a grasp of what is needed for the bettermenmt of the enlisted guard sodliers in particular.


September 8th, 2011
6:01 pm


Question for saa

September 9th, 2011
11:01 am

Trying to confirm your good news. Did you hear it somewhere other than the blogs? The posts have become unreliable with the insurgency that’s developing.

Faithful underling

September 9th, 2011
1:52 pm

The trickle down has occurred, the CG of GAARNG has resigned….Happy now? Or will more follow….