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Ga. National Guard commander speaks to Rockdale Rotary Club

Special Photo. Georgia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Maria Britt is pinned by Gov. Sonny Perdue, as Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt, the Adjutant General of Georgia, looks on.

Special Photo. Georgia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Maria Britt is pinned by Gov. Sonny Perdue, as Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt, the Adjutant General of Georgia, looks on.

CONYERS -- Major Gen. Maria Britt, commanding general of the Georgia Army National Guard, is scheduled to speak Wednesday to the Rotary Club of Rockdale County.

Britt, a Rockdale County resident, will be the guest speaker during the Rotary Club's regular meeting at 7:15 a.m., Wednesday. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is available for $10 for non-members.

In her role as commanding general, Britt is responsible for manning, equipping and training Georgia's National Guard troops. The troops serve primarily their home state and respond to disasters, such as floods or wildfires, that might overwhelm civil authorities.

The National Guard also serves at the behest of the federal government. Over the last 10 years, 10,000 Georgia National Guard soldiers have been deployed overseas for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Britt's longstanding military career and leadership abilities recently led to her promotion from brigadier general to major general of the Georgia Army National Guard, making her the first woman in Georgia National Guard history, and one of only three women in the nation, to hold the rank.

Britt underwent a two-year Senate confirmation process for the promotion, and Gov. Sonny Perdue pinned Britt during a private ceremony in November 2010.