Major General Sheryl Gordon serves as Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, a position and responsibility she takes seriously, working tirelessly to ensure the soldiers and airmen under her command have what they need to succeed, both professionally and personally.
When did you join the Alabama National Guard?
I joined the Alabama Army National Guard April 12, 1980.
What are your primary duties as Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard?
The Adjutant General of Alabama is the governor’s senior military advisor. The Adjutant General (TAG) is responsible for the readiness, training and operations of the Alabama National Guard, which is comprised of approximately 12,000 soldiers and airmen. I ensure that Alabama National Guard airmen and soldiers are trained and ready to fight our nation’s wars abroad or at home and support and assist Governor Ivey and the citizens of Alabama during natural or man-made disasters. I provide personnel support that affects soldiers’ and airmen’s overall welfare and well-being, while assisting commanders by accounting for and keeping soldiers and airmen combat ready.
What’s your favorite thing about your work?
I enjoy the interactions with the soldiers and airmen. The most important thing I can do is to take care of my soldiers, airmen and their families. I try to give them the tools and opportunities to be successful in the military and civilian life. Also, as a female leader, I understand the impact I can have as a role model for our female soldiers and airmen. It is my hope that I can instill confidence and desire in people so that they establish high goals, believe in themselves and achieve their goals.
What are your interests outside of work?
My biggest hobby is reading. I manage to combine that with my other hobbies of deer hunting and going to the beach. I enjoy sitting in my deer stand or under the beach umbrella with a good book.
“The Alabama National Guard participates in the State Partnership Program sponsored by the National Guard Bureau to promote security cooperation between the United States and other countries. Our State partner is Romania, and the relationship celebrated its 25th anniversary last summer while I was in Romania. We are looking forward to the next 25 years!”