Maj. Gen. Ansel Stroud Jr. – National Guard leader – died July 1

Maj. Gen. Ansel Stroud Jr. – National Guard leader – died July 1

Monday, August 1, 2016

Funeral services were held July 7 in Shreveport, La., for retired Louisiana National Guard Maj. Gen.

Maj. Gen. Ansel Martin ‘Buddy’ Stroud Jr., USA, Ret.
Ansel Martin ‘Buddy’ Stroud Jr., who died July 1.

The 89-year-old general had a military career spanning more than 53 years, and close ties with the Association of the U.S. Army.

Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., former AUSA president and CEO, called Stroud “a selfless soldier and loyal friend whom I shall miss. My condolences to his family and his colleagues throughout the entire Army and defense community.

“I am proud to have known him and have him in my thoughts and prayers.”

Stroud’s military service began in 1944 and ended when he retired in 1997 after serving as Louisiana’s adjutant general under four governors, making him the second-longest-serving National Guard leader in Louisiana history.

He also served as president of the National Guard Association of the United States, president of the Adjutants General Association and chairman of the National Executive Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Stroud was a member of the Council of Trustees of the Association of the U.S. Army, and in 2011 received the association’s Lt. Gen. Raymond S. McLain Medal for being the outstanding Army National Guard leader.

The award citation read, in part, “Through his chairmanship and support of the National Guard and Reserve Affairs Committee, General Stroud has done a great deal to further AUSA’s relevance and credibility on Guard and Reserve issues through his tireless pursuit of reserve component-related resolutions covering issues from providing better benefit support for Guard and Reserve Soldiers at home to ensuring that they have modernized equipment when deployed.”

When he retired in 1997, then-U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana spoke about the general’s career in a speech on the Senate floor.

“One can also see the direct impact his time in the Armed Services has made with such works as the `Stroud Study.’ When General Stroud was selected to conduct a Department of Army study on full-time training and administration for the Guard and Reserve, his study was accepted as a guideline for requirements of the National Guard and Army Reserve for full-time manning programs and was the basis for launching the AGR [Active Guard and Reserve] program,” she said.

“Many individuals have a calling to serve the public in a variety of ways,” Landrieu said. “They make sacrifices to contribute their talents to the safety, security and well-being of others. These are the individuals whose commitment to excellence and selfless dedication are evident through their leadership and the challenges they choose to accept.”

Stroud is survived by his wife, Jane, four sons, five stepchildren and seven grandchildren.