"Gen. Terry Nesbitt and Charley English have tirelessly and vigilantly served Georgia for decades," Deal said. "As I transition into the governor's office, it is imperative that I have these two men on the frontlines with me.
"Gen. Nesbitt has more than 40 years of service and he's a leader who brings the most relevant experience to the table as he has the proven ability to lead multiple civilian, military and law enforcement organizations to ensure that Georgians are kept safe.
"For 32 years, Charley English has been a public servant, and he embodies the knowledge and experience that is crucial to Georgia's emergency preparedness. I look forward to working closely with both of these men in my administration."
Maj. Gen. William "Terry" Nesbitt
Gen. Nesbitt, 64, is the Adjutant General of Georgia. He reports directly to the governor with responsibility for more than 14,000 personnel of the Georgia Department of Defense, which includes the Georgia Army National Guard, the Georgia Air National Guard, and the Georgia State Defense Force.
With more than 40 years of service, which include service in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam and a number of command and staff positions, including Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Georgia Army National Guard and Deputy Commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade. He also served as Commander of Joint Task Force G8, Director of Manpower and Personnel-J1, Director of Domestic Operations-J3, and Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security.
Gen. Nesbitt is originally from Calhoun, and he and his wife, Letha, now reside in Marietta and have two children and two grandchildren. He is a member of the National Guard Association of the United States, past president of the National Guard Association of Georgia and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He and Letha are members of the Oostanaula Baptist Church of Calhoun, where he serves as a deacon.
English, 52, was appointed director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency by Gov. Sonny Perdue in February 2006 after serving in the agency since 1996. Gov. Perdue appointed English director of the Georgia Office of Homeland Security in September 2007. He also serves as the chairman of the state's Homeland Security Task Force and the Governor's 9-1-1 Advisory Board.
English earned his associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Clayton Junior College, his bachelor's degree in Public and Urban Affairs from Georgia State University and his master's degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he earned the Professor Phillip Zimbardo Award for academic achievement.
English and his wife Ronda reside in Fayetteville and have three children. They attend Fayetteville Baptist Church, where English serves as a deacon.