The Wyoming Military Department is the umbrella agency for the Wyoming Army National Guard, the Wyoming Air National Guard and Wyoming Veterans Commission.
Our mission is to provide ready forces to safeguard Wyoming and protection the nation while adding value to our communities. We do this as one team of dedicated professionals, structured, resourced and always ready to respond as the state and nation’s best. Our agency has adopted “The Code of the West” as our operating philosophy.
The Adjutant General is the agency director and oversees day-to-day operations of the agency’s subordinate departments. The Army and Air National Guard commanders, known as an Assistant Adjutant General, ensure National Guard forces excel at their federal and state missions. The Wyoming Military Department’s deputy director oversees the agency’s state employees, budget process and funding.
Our leadership is:
Maj. Gen. K. Luke Reiner, adjutant general
Brig. Gen. Brian Nesvik, assistant adjutant general – Army
Col. Paul Lyman, assistant adjutant general – Air
Mr. Doug Shope, Wyoming Military Department deputy director
The majority of the WyMD’s employees are federally-funded civilian employees, the vast majority of who wear a military uniform to work. About 1/3 of the employee base are known as Active Guard & Reserve soldiers or airmen; they are employed as full-time military members by the National Guard. The WyMD also has 250 state-funded civilian employees. We also have federal and state contract employees augmenting our force, mainly in support functions.
Roughly 75 percent of the Wyoming National Guard is made up of traditional soldiers and airmen. They are part-time military members, wearing a uniform one weekend a month, for specific training exercises, or when activated to deploy for federal or state service.
We are proud of what our soldiers, airmen and civilian employees do and we share their stories on a number of platforms, including this one. Our social media handle is wyoguard, so look us up, follow us, and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Instagram.