NEW ORLEANS, La. (LANG) - Retired Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, former adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, will be inducted into the LANG Hall of Fame during an official ceremony at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, Nov. 4.
Landreneau led the LANG for 14 years before retiring in 2011, concluding his nearly 42-year military career.
During his tenure as the head of the LANG, Landreneau oversaw the response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where the LANG safely evacuated tens of thousands of stranded citizens from flooded homes. He also saw the beginning of the Global War on Terror during his command.
Landreneau was a member of several boards and committees during his time as TAG, including the Army Force Structure Committee of the Adjutants General Association of the United States, Public Safety Recovery Committee of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the Governor's Military Advisory Board, the Louisiana Drug Policy Board and the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Before he was appointed as the adjutant general, Landreneau commanded the 527th Engineer Battalion and the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1990 as the 527th commander.
As a civilian, Landreneau worked for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service for over 30 years and retired as assistant state conservationist in 1996.
Landreneau holds several distinguished awards from his time in service, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal, the Louisiana Legion of Merit and the Louisiana War Cross.
Landreneau graduated from Vidrine High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
Landreneau and his wife, Dolores Fontenot Landreneau, reside in Alexandria and have four children and six grandchildren.