La. National Guard’s 165th CSSB welcomes new commander, a Natchitoches native

By Staff Sgt. Scott Longstreet, HHD 139th Regional Support Group


The Louisiana National Guard’s 165th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion welcomed Lt. Col. Jonathan D. Lloyd as their new commander during an official change of command ceremony at the 165th CSSB armory in Bossier City, Jan. 8.

Lloyd, from New Orleans, assumed command from Lt. Col. Geoffrey M. Allen, a Benton resident, who served as commander since November 2013. While his most recent residence was in New Orleans, Lloyd is a Natchitoches native at heart.

He was born in Natchitoches and lived in the parish for a short time in his youth. Although he’s lived in several other places in his life, Natchitoches is where his family is from. He also keeps a home near the Flora community. His parents, Virginia and Ross “David” Lloyd, were both born and raised in Natchitoches Parish and both graduated from Northwestern State University.
Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the LANG, signaled the transfer of leadership by receiving the organizational colors from Allen and presenting them to Lloyd.

As Lloyd took to the podium, he thanked Allen for his leadership and mentorship. He also thanked both Curtis and Col. Mark A. Howard, commander of the 139th Regional Support Group, for the opportunity to serve as the next battalion commander.

“It is a great honor and privilege to serve as the next commander,” Lloyd said. “I am proud to build upon the success of Lt. Col. Allen. I am focused on taking the battalion to the next level and getting it prepared for mobilization and deployment.”

Lloyd received his commission from the Louisiana Officer Candidate School in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches. He is a graduate of Armor Officer Basic Course, Maneuver Captains Career Course, Intermediate Level Education and Air Assault School. Lloyd serves as the deputy personnel and manpower officer for the LANG.