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Released: 05/11/2000

<p> Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) will hold commencement exercises on Thursday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for approximately 119 graduates. The ceremony will take place in the Physical Education building on campus. </p><p> Major General Bennett C. Landreneau, the Adjutant General for Louisiana, will present the commencement address. Mr. Charles S. Weems, III, Chair of the LSU System Board of Supervisors will confer the degrees. </p><p> As Adjutant General for Louisiana, General Landreneau, is responsible for the deployment and coordination of programs, policies and plans affecting the more than 14,000 members of the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard. He is also the Director of the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness. </p><p>

General Landreneau began his military career in June 1969 and was trained as an infantryman at Fort Polk. He attended Louisiana State Officer Candidate School and was commission as a second lieutenant in 1971. He has served in many positions including commander of the 527th Engineer Battalion during Desert Storm. He later served as commander of the 225th Engineer Group from January 1992 until he assumed command of the 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) headquartered in Lafayette in August 1995. He was appointed as the special assistant to the Adjutant General in January 1997 and was assigned to his present position in November 1997. General Landreneau worked as a civilian employee with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for over 30 years and retired as the assistant state conservationist in 1996. He was the recipient of numerous awards with the agency including two USDA Distinguished Service Awards and one USDA Superior Service Award presented to him by the Secretary or Agriculture. </p><p>

General Landreneau is the immediate past president of the National Guard Association of Louisiana and a member of the National Guard Association of the United States. He served as President of the Central Louisiana Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Louisiana Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He is a member of the Governor&acute;s Military Advisory Commission, Louisiana Drug Policy Board and the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission. He is also active in his local community of New Orleans serving on various boards and commissions. </p><p> General Landreneau resides in New Orleans and is married to the former Dolores Fontenot. He is the father of four children. </p>