Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Major General John D. Haas as Adjutant General of Florida. The Adjutant General of Florida is the Governor’s senior military advisor and is the top military position in the state.
Major General Haas is the Assistant Adjutant General – Army and the Commander of the Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG). Prior to assuming his position, he was the Director of Strategic Plans, Policies, and Programs for the Florida National Guard.
General Haas has completed three combat tours and has held multiple company-level commands including Battalion Operations Officer, Squadron Executive Officer, and Squadron Commander of the 1-153rd Cavalry Squadron. He has received many awards including the Combat Infantry Badge, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal.
General Haas earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his master’s degree in strategic studies from the United States Army War College.
General Haas will become the Adjutant General of Florida upon the retirement of Major General James O. Eifert.
Governor DeSantis also announced the appointment of Luis Soler as the Director of the Florida State Guard. Soler is the Deputy Director and Chief of Operations for the Florida State Guard.
Previously, he was a Special Agent for the Miami-Dade County Office of the Inspector General. Soler is also a captain in the United States Navy Reserve, concurrently serving as the Commanding Officer of Central Command J2 San Antonio and the Deputy Reserve Director of Intelligence for CISC San Antonio.
He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1983 where he was recognized as the Platoon Honor Graduate. Soler received a direct commission in the Navy Reserve in 1996 and affiliated with the Defense Intelligence Agency. In 2006, he was mobilized during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was assigned to Multinational Forces–Iraq, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), as Officer in Charge of three Exploitation Teams and Detainee Operations Centers in the Al Anbar Province. Soler has completed four other command tours and has received numerous personal awards including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.