Senior Policy Advisor
General Martin Umbarger is a senior policy advisor with Bose Public Affairs Group. Umbarger has extensive experience in the agriculture and defense sectors and will be working out of the Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., office.
General Umbarger served 46 years in the Indiana National Guard, retiring in May 2015 as Adjutant General of Indiana, a position to which former Governor Joe Kernan appointed him in early 2004. He was reappointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in December 2004 and by Vice President-elect, Mike Pence, in December 2012. General Umbarger received praise from leaders, including Pence, who praised General Umbarger for his lifelong service to our state and nation.
During his tenure as the Adjutant General, General Umbarger was instrumental in the establishment of the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center as a nationally recognized training facility for both military and civilian first responders. He also led the expansion of Camp Atterbury into a state-of-the-art simulations, cyber, mobilization and training facility.
General Umbarger is a 1969 graduate of the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in business. He is a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
Honors / Awards
Legion of Merit (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
National Defense Service Medal (with two service stars)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold and Bronze hour glass device)
Army Service Ribbon
Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
Indiana Distinguished Service Medal (1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Indiana Commendation Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Indiana Recruiting Ribbon
Indiana Long Service Medal (with State Device)
Indiana Emergency Service Medal
Indiana Outside the Continental United States Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem
In 2007, General Umbarger received the Distinguised Alumni Award from the University of Evansville and was awarded an honory doctorate in public safety from Vincennes University in 2013.
Appointments / Memberships
General Umbarger currently serves on the board of trustees of Franklin College and Johnson Memorial Hospital.
General Umbarger served as a member of the Secretary of the Army’s Reserve Forces Policy Committee and the Secretary of Defense’s Reserve Forces Policy Board. He is past chairman of both the Indiana Grain and Feed Association and the National Guard Association of the United States.