NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - A member of the Louisiana Army National Guard from St. Francisville was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on May 6.
Lee Hopkins was pinned with the one-star rank by Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard. Hopkins is now the director of the joint staff for the LANG.
"Lee has always been the one to walk in with his hat in his hand and be very humble about whatever position or job he's had to do," Curtis said in a written release. "He's always hit grand slams."
As the director of the joint staff, Hopkins is responsible for supervising, training and more for more than 11,500 members of the LANG.
"I believe that success is based on the people around you and this is a tribute to all the talent in the Louisiana National Guard and what makes us a great organization," Hopkins said in a written release. "This was almost by design because when I'm surrounded by great friends, family, leaders and mentors, how could it turn out any other way? All I had to do was work hard and do the right thing."
Hopkins enlisted in the 205th Engineer Battalion in 1983. He graduated from LSU in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in general studies. He also graduated from the US Army War College with a master's degree in strategic studies. He has more than 33 years of service.
Hopkins served as the battalion commander for the 1088th Engineer Battalion when the unit was deployed to Iraq in 2004.