Office of Governor Gary Locke
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 10, 1999
Contact: Governor's Communications Office, 360-902-4136
Locke names Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg as Adjutant General of National GuardOLYMPIA - Gov. Gary Locke today announced that Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg will become Adjutant General of the Washington National Guard, effective Monday, Sept. 13.
Lowenberg succeeds Maj. Gen. Gregory P. Barlow as head of the state National Guard. Barlow retires Monday after an outstanding record of service to the state and the nation.
Lowenberg was one of a several candidates whose names were submitted to the governor by the General Officers Selection Board. The board is composed of representatives of the active Army, the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard.
Locke will officiate in the change of command at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 13, at Camp Murray.
"General Lowenberg, who served as Assistant Adjutant General, Air, is a superb choice to succeed General Barlow," said Locke. "Gen. Lowenberg combines civilian accomplishments with military experience, and he will be a pleasure to work with. He will have under him an excellent team in Brig. Gen. Lee Legowik, Army, and Maj. Gen. Frank Scoggins, Air Force.
"General Barlow retires with my gratitude and admiration," Locke said. "He has been a valued adviser to three governors on civilian and military affairs, and has represented our state in national defense policy discussions. Greg Barlow exemplifies outstanding public service."
Barlow took command of the Washington National Guard on Sept. 1, 1989. He served in combat in Vietnam as a Special Forces aviation officer and was appointed to the Washington Army National Guard in January 1970. His decorations and awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, the Air Medal for Valor and Meritorious Service Medal.
Lowenberg is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and entered active duty at McChord Air Force Base in October 1971. He has served in the Washington Air National Guard since 1977 and is currently Air National Guard assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force.
In civilian life, Lowenberg, 52, is a partner in the Tacoma law firm of Lowenberg, Lopez & Hansen, P.S. His specialty is employment law. He also teaches at Seattle University School of Law. He will take a leave of absence from these positions during his tenure as adjutant general.
"I am honored to accept this appointment by the governor to lead the men and women of the Washington National Guard," Lowenberg said. "It will be an honor to serve in the tradition established by General Barlow and the adjutant generals who preceded him. The team General Barlow has in place, including General Legowik and General Scoggins, is one of the strongest in the nation."
Lowenberg's military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, and Air Force Commendation Medal. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have a daughter, Catherine Malia.