Supervisors Recommend Naming Armory for Local General
RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to name the National Guard Armory in Moreno Valley after Lt. Gen. Herbert R. Temple Jr., a resident of Palm Desert.
“Moreno Valley, the second largest city in Riverside County, is located next to the most significant military base installation in Riverside County,” Supervisor Marion Ashley said. “With their longstanding record of support for Armed Services, it is fitting that we name the Armory after Lt. General Herbert R. Temple Jr., who is the first and only California National Guard member to hold both posts of director of the Army National Guard and Chief of the National Guard Bureau.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>
The National Guard Armory is located in Moreno Valley at 14941 Riverside Dr. Built in 2007, it is one of the newest armories in the state and resides in Supervisor Ashley’s district.
Temple began his 43 years of military service in 1947 as a private in the California National Guard. After serving in combat in the Korean War in the U.S. Army 5th Regimental Combat Team, 24th Infantry Division, he returned to the California National Guard and was awarded a direct commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. He climbed rapidly through the commissioned officer ranks, holding progressively responsible positions in command and executive posts.
While serving as chief of the National Guard Bureau, he reequipped, trained, exercised and deployed Army and Air Guard units across the nation and around the globe and ensured states had the education, training and resources to complete their dual missions.
“General Temple shaped the National Guard into the best-trained and well-equipped force it is today,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I’m told this armory and reserve center in Moreno Valley would not have been built and operational today without his assistance.”
Since his retirement in 1990, Temple has shared his counsel on committees, studies and task forces for the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Army and the private sector, addressing subjects such as combat readiness of the armed forces, quality of life in the armed forces and civil disaster preparedness. Presidents, foreign leaders, cabinet secretaries, senators, congressional representatives and his fellow guardsmen still call upon him for matters of military policy, mentorship and advice.
The Board of Supervisors forwarded its recommendation early this afternoon to Major Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General, California Military Department and the National Guard Bureau, National Guard Association of the United States, National Guard Association of California and congressional delegation to facilitate this naming.