LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Brig. Gen. John W. Lathrop will assume command of the California National Guard’sJoint Forces Training Base (JFTB) Los Alamitos on Saturday, Oct. 1, succeeding Brig. Gen. Nathaniel S. Reddicks.Lathrop, who also serves as Assistant Commander of the Cal Guard’s 40th Infantry Division, will oversee all activitiesand facilities at the 1,319-acre base, which supports 850 full-time employees and more than 6,000 National Guard andReserve troops.
“Brigadier General Lathrop brings a wealth of experience and energy to this assignment and will be a strong advocatefor the California Military Department in Southern California,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, California’sAdjutant General. “I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Brigadier General Nathaniel S. Reddicks for hisimpressive and dedicated service as Installation Commander.”
Lathrop earned his Army commission in December 1986 through the Claremont Colleges ROTC program in SouthernCalifornia. As a member of the active component Army, he served on the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea and inSouthwest Asia during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm before joining the California National Guard.
Lathrop’s Cal Guard service includes a deployment to Iraq in 2005 and 2006 as Deputy Commander of the 40th CorpsSupport Group. He also commanded a battery that was called to duty during the 1992 Los Angeles riots and inresponse to the Northridge Earthquake of 1994. Additional roles filled by Lathrop include Commander of theCalifornia Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion; Commander of the 115th Regional SupportGroup; Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, for the California Army Guard; and Chief of Staff for the California ArmyGuard.
“I look forward to continuing JFTB’s tradition of great service to the state and nation, as well as to the communitiessurrounding our base in Orange County,” Lathrop said. “My roots in Southern California and years of service at JFTBwith the 40th ID make this an easy transition and an exciting opportunity to build on our recent accomplishments.”
Reddicks will retire from federal service and enter the California State Military Reserve, making him the first federallyrecognized general officer to join the CSMR since the Korean War. He also was the first Air Force officer to commandJFTB. During less than two years as commander, Reddicks implemented programs that resulted in majorimprovements to JFTB infrastructure, aesthetic quality and pride of ownership, Baldwin said, noting that Reddicks alsofostered strong regional partnerships and enhanced community relations.
JFTB is home to the only military airfield in the greater Los Angeles area, and it serves as a training hub for everyArmed Forces branch. The base houses more than 40 military and civilian organizations, including the Cal Guard’sSTARBASE science and math program for 5th graders and its Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy for at-risk teens.JFTB is also a community resource, and its athletic facilities serve as home to the back-to-back Olympic gold medalwinningU.S. Women’s Water Polo Team.
For more on JFTB and its leadership, contact Brandon Honig, Cal Guard public affairs manager, at 805-458-3825 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Col. (CA) Rick Lalor at 626-733-1170 or email@example.com.