News Release

2008

Mar 11

Lt. General Temple Appointed to Veterans Committee

Lt. General Herbert Temple

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors this morning endorsed Chairman Roy Wilson’s nominee for filling a Veterans Advisory Committee vacancy.

And why not? Consider that Fourth District resident Lieutenant General Herbert R. Temple, Jr. has served with distinction with the National Guard since 1947. He retired at the Pentagon, 43 years later, with three stars on his uniform.

General Temple is the quintessential citizen soldier, a National Guardsman who combined careers in business, government and military service.

A combat infantryman from the Korean War, his brilliant career was recognized in 1986 when he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

While his list of accomplishments-educational, military, governmental and business-is beyond the scope of this article, the following from the U.S. House of Representatives on the eve of his retirement in 1990 is an example of the quality of his career:

"General Temple saw the Guard through one of the most dynamic and turbulent periods in its 353-year history. General Temple is truly a leader of vision. He followed a dream of transformation the Guard into an effective, respected first line of defense force."

Since retirement, he has served on committees, studies and task forces for the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Army and private industry.

General and Mrs. Temple reside in Palm Desert.