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Michigan National Guard Jeffrey Terrill named as DualStatus Commander

Michigan National Guard’s Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Terrill named as Dual-Status Commander


LANSING, Mich. – Governor Whitmer’s request for a Dual-Status Commander in Michigan was approved Sunday by the Secretary of Defense.  Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Terrill, a 32 year veteran of the Michigan Army National Guard, was selected for the position.


A Dual-Status Commander is used for domestic emergencies, and allows States to request relief capabilities from the military that are outside of those of their own National Guard.  This designation allowed 85 medical professionals from the Army Reserves, a federal military asset, to join Michigan’s fight against COVID-19 at the TCF Regional Care Center in Detroit.


Dual-Status Commanders are designated to streamline emergency response, coordinating relief efforts of both State and Federal military organizations. This designation requires specific certification, and allows one Commander to have both State and Federal authority simultaneously. 


In his state role, Brig. Gen. Terrill commands Michigan National Guard members activated for COVID-19 response, at the direction of Governor Whitmer and Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, the Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard. 

In his federal status, he commands active duty or reserve service members who are participating in relief activities in Michigan, under the direction of US Army North.  As of April 12th, that included augmenting Michigan’s medical capability with 85 members of the Army Reserves, who will augment hospitals and staff alternate care facilities.

“Having a Dual-Status Commander in Michigan brings additional capability for the state response to COVID-19,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “It is about teamwork, and getting Michiganders the assistance they need.”

Brig. Gen. Terrill, a resident of Northville, MSU graduate and Senior Vice President at Flagstar Bank in Troy, trained for the certification as a Dual-Status Commander in 2018.  He has been leading the Michigan National Guard’s task force called to active duty for COVID-19 response since activated by Governor Whitmer on March 18th.