Senate Bill No. 1254

Public Act No. 01-123

AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO STATUTES GOVERNING THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 27-15 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[The military staff of the Governor shall be appointed by the Governor and] The Governor shall appoint the military staff that shall consist of the Adjutant General, who shall be chief of staff with the rank of [major] lieutenant general; the assistant adjutant generals, one of whom shall serve as deputy chief of staff as provided under subsection (c) of section 27-24; the chief of staff for the Connecticut Air National Guard; an air aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel, who shall be the senior aviation officer of the Connecticut National Guard; a Surgeon General, who shall be the senior medical officer of the National Guard; one aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve; one aide-de-camp with the rank of captain from the United States Naval Reserve; one aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserve; one aide-de-camp with the rank of colonel from the United States Army Reserve; one aide-de-camp with the rank of lieutenant commander from the United States Coast Guard Reserve; five aides-de-camp, two with the rank of colonel, two with the rank of lieutenant colonel and one with the rank of major, all of whom shall be from the National Guard; and two enlisted aides-de-camp with the rank of sergeant major from the National Guard. Members appointed from the armed forces of the state shall retain their federal or state grades and shall remain subject to duty therein and, if appointed to such staff in a rank lower than the highest grade attained in federal or state service, shall serve on the staff in their highest recognized grade. Any requirement of this section that any member of the Governor's military staff shall be a member of, or hold any rank in, the National Guard shall be inapplicable whenever the National Guard is in active service with the Army, Navy or Air Force of the United States and at such time the military staff of the Governor may be appointed by the Governor from the organized or unorganized militia, ex-members of the United States Army or Navy or the Connecticut National Guard, or from civil life; and in addition to the active military staff the Governor may, at said Governor's discretion, appoint honorary staff members from the former National Guard or naval militia then on active military duty. The Governor, at any other time, may appoint honorary staff members to the Connecticut National Guard without regard to affiliation who shall serve without the pay, honors, privileges and benefits afforded the active staff members, including, but not limited to, allowances and tuition waivers. The majors commandant of the first and second companies Governor's Foot Guards and the Governor's Horse Guards shall be ex-officio members of the Governor's military staff. The Governor shall also appoint the immediate predecessors of such majors commandant to serve as additional ex-officio members. In addition to the above-named officers, the Governor shall appoint three additional staff members, one of whom shall be a colonel or of equivalent naval rank and two of whom shall be majors or of equivalent naval rank.

Sec. 2. Section 27-19 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Military Department shall be [in] under the charge of the Adjutant General. On or before July 1, 1980, the Governor shall appoint an Adjutant General with the rank of major general to serve for a term of two years from July 1, 1980. Quadrennially thereafter, the Governor shall appoint an Adjutant General with the rank of [major] lieutenant general to serve for the term of four years, from such first day of July and until [his] a successor is appointed and qualified. [He] The Adjutant General shall have had at least ten years' commissioned service in the armed forces of the United States. No person shall be appointed nor [shall he] continue to serve after [he has reached] reaching the age of sixty-four years. The Adjutant General may be suspended or removed by the Governor in accordance with the provisions of sections 4-11, 4-12 and 4-13.

Sec. 3. Section 27-20 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Adjutant General shall make such returns and reports to such officers as may be prescribed by the Department of Defense in regulations pertaining to the National Guard and naval militia, at such times and in such form as may, from time to time, be prescribed. [He] The Adjutant General shall keep a record of all officers and enlisted personnel and shall also keep in [his] the office all records and papers required by law or regulations to be filed therein. [He] The Adjutant General is charged, in all matters pertaining to the command, discipline or administration of the military establishment of this state, with the duty of recording, authenticating and communicating to troops and individuals in the military service of this state all orders, instructions and regulations issued by order of the Governor for the National Guard, naval militia and organized militia and by the Secretary of Defense for the National Guard and the naval militia; of preparing and distributing commissions; of compiling and issuing the register of the National Guard, naval militia and organized militia; of conducting internal audits and investigations; of organizing and coordinating the participation of the organized militia in military and civic ceremonies; of organizing and coordinating inaugurals; and of managing the recruiting for the National Guard, naval militia and organized militia. In event of emergency use of the militia and with the approval of the Governor, [he] the Adjutant General may be disbursing officer of all funds appropriated by the General Assembly for the expense of [his] the office of the Adjutant General. The Adjutant General may make such regulations pertaining to the preparation and rendering of reports and returns and to the care and preservation of public property as in [his] the Adjutant General's opinion the conditions demand, such regulations to be operative and in force when promulgated in the form of general orders, circulars or circular letters. [He] The Adjutant General shall have charge and care of all state military property and all United States military property issued to the state of Connecticut, and shall cause to be kept an accurate and careful account of all receipts and issues of the same. [He] The Adjutant General shall require to be kept a careful memorandum of all public military property on hand in the state arsenal or storehouses and in the possession of the several organizations of the military forces of the state and shall guard such property against injury and loss to the [extent of his ability. He] greatest extent possible. The Adjutant General shall require each accountable and responsible officer of the state military forces to account for any deficiency in public military property in [his] such officer's possession immediately after such deficiency is discovered. [He] The Adjutant General shall cause annual inspections to be made of all public military property and a complete inventory of such property and the places where it is deposited shall be kept. [He] The Adjutant General may adopt a seal for use in [his office. He] the office of the Adjutant General. The Adjutant General shall require that each unit of the armed forces of the state be inspected at least twice in each calendar year and issue service medals and service records. The Adjutant General shall, annually, as provided in section 4-60, make a report to the Governor of the strength, condition and equipment of the military and naval forces of the state and of the expenditures of [his] the office since the last annual report. The Adjutant General may enter into contracts for the furnishing by any person or agency, public or private, of services necessary to the proper execution of the duties of [his] the Adjutant General's office subject to the approval of the Attorney General. The Adjutant General shall have charge of the Office of Emergency Management established under chapter 517.

Sec. 4. Section 27-76 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

When requested by the commander of any accredited veteran organization or by friends or relatives of any deceased person who has served in any of the armed forces of the United States during time of war, as defined by section 27-103, or who has served in the National Guard for more than twenty years or who has died while a member of the National Guard, the Adjutant General shall order [a uniformed firing squad] an honor guard detail from the National Guard, the naval militia, the State Guard or the organized militia to attend the funeral, except that if [a uniformed firing squad] an honor guard detail from such guard or militia is unavailable or committed elsewhere, the Adjutant General shall request [a uniformed firing squad] an honor guard detail from a bona fide Connecticut state veterans' organization, provided such [firing squad] detail shall comply with the rules and procedures set forth in Connecticut National Guard regulation 37-106. Such [firing squad] detail shall consist of not more than five [squad] members plus one bugler. The members thereof shall be compensated at the rate of fifty dollars per day. Such compensation shall be paid from funds appropriated to the Adjutant General for the pay of the National Guard and from federal funds received for that purpose.

Approved June 28, 2001