Press release from Governor Pawlenty’s office: Saint Paul – ;Governor Tim Pawlenty announced today that Major General Larry Shellito, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, is retiring from his position at the end of his current seven-year term, effective October 31, 2010.
“General Shellito has been a thoughtful, positive and inspiring leader for the Minnesota National Guard,” Governor Pawlenty said. “During the past seven years, our Guard soldiers, airmen, and their families have served with distinction here in Minnesota and around the world. General Shellito’s leadership has been a critical part of building our Guard’s outstanding reputation and our nation-leading programs to support Guard members when they return from deployments. On behalf of a grateful state, we thank General Shellito for his exemplary service.”
Governor Pawlenty appointed Shellito to the position of Adjutant General in November 2003. His military career began in 1968 when he enlisted in the active-duty Army. Shellito received his commission as a second lieutenant – Infantry in 1969. In 1970, he went to Vietnam as a Mobile Advisory Team Senior Advisor.