Maj. Gen. Stephen C. Dabadie, assistant adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, was recently promoted and officially "pinned" his new rank during a ceremony at the Jackson Barracks Museum in New Orleans, Aug. 12.
Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, attended the ceremony along with Dabadie's wife, Sue, his father, retired Brig. Gen. Levy Dabadie, and his sons, Bert and Craig, who had the honor of placing the two-star rank insignia on his uniform.
Dabadie, a native of New Roads, La., graduated from Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee in New Roads and attended Loyola University in New Orleans where he received his Bachelor's Degree and his commission as a distinguished military graduate through the Reserve Officer Training Program.
Dabadie's military education includes the Airborne Course, Infantry Officer Basic Course, NBC Officer Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Senior Officer Logistical Management Course, Instructor Training Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College where he received his Master of Strategic Studies degree.
Dabadie began his military career on active duty. His first assignment was in the 1st Battalion (Mechanized) 61st Infantry, 5th Infantry Division at Fort Polk, La., where he served as Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, Support Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Battalion Maintenance Officer, and Company Commander. Following that assignment, Dabadie was reassigned to Fort Knox, Ky., where he served as an instructor, U.S. Army Armor School and then as the Operations Officer for the Law Enforcement Command.
Dabadie was appointed in the Louisiana Army National Guard in July 1988. He served as the Battalion Executive Officer, then Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion 156th Armor; Brigade Executive Officer, then Deputy Brigade Commander, 256th Infantry Brigade; Director, Plans, Operations and Military Support - J3 and Chief of the Joint Staff, Joint Force Headquarters - Louisiana; Military Liaison to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Task Force Commander, Operation Crescent Guard and Assistant Adjutant General (Army).
A major general is sometimes referred to as a two-star general because of the insignia they wear, which bears two stars.