Gregory A. LuskSenior Advisor to the Secretary

Gregory Lusk portrait

Gregory A. Lusk was named senior advisor to the secretary in December 2019. As such, he advises the secretary on national homeland security efforts and responsibilities and provides operational and policy guidance for state and national security events. Lusk also spearheads the development of leadership and succession planning programs that ensure the department effectively meets current and future leadership and diversity needs. 

Previously, Lusk served in the N.C. National Guard for 40 years, including the last nine as adjutant general in which he commanded about 11,000 citizen soldiers and airmen and was the governor’s principal advisor on military affairs. 

Lusk received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College. During his tenure with the Guard, he earned numerous medals and awards including: North Carolina Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service medals.

Awards and Decorations:
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Commendation Medal Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Reserve Components Achievement (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Iraq Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Stars)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass and M Device)
Army Service Ribbon Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 3)
North Carolina Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Hornet's Nest)
North Carolina State Active Duty Ribbon (with Numeral 3)
North Carolina Service Award (with 1 Gold Hornet's Nest)
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation North Carolina Governor's Unit Citation (with 1 Bronze Hornet's Nest)
North Carolina Meritorious Unit Citation
Combat Action Badge