Members of the Missouri National Guard's Air and Army divisions respond to emergencies, disasters and policing assignments throughout the state. Units are also called up for federal service in other parts of the nation and world, such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It was a pleasure supporting Colonel Sidwell in the appointment process and I look forward to working with him as adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard," said Sen. Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau), who sponsored Sidwell's nomination. "He brings unsurpassed experience, dedication and leadership to a military organization largely responsible for our safety at home and abroad."
Sidwell retired in 2004 from the Missouri National Guard after 30 years of commissioned service. Now with the Guard's retired reserve, Sidwell has practiced law with Blanton, Rice, Sidwell, Nickell and Cozean LLC in Sikeston for more than 25 years.
Prior to earning is law degree, he earned a bachelor's degree in engineering. Sidwell earned a master's degree in 2000 in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
The heads of many state agencies and organizations are appointed by the governor. Crowell said gubernatorial appointees then work with their state senator, who serves as a sponsor in the confirmation process. This process begins before the Senate's Gubernatorial Appointments Committee and concludes with a consenting vote by the full Senate.
When Crowell presented Sidwell to the Senate panel Thursday, the full Senate confirmed Sidwell's appointment without a single objection.
"The Senate has now affirmed the governor's firm belief that the state and the nation will benefit by having King on board as head of the Missouri National Guard," Crowell added.
"At a time when many begin thinking of closing out their careers in the public and private sector, King gladly offered further service to his country. We owe Colonel Sidwell and all our men and women of the armed services a debt of gratitude we'll never be able to fully repay."