Baxter Kruger has been named the new Director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, Criminal Division, Kruger will partner with federal, state and local security professionals to ensure the safety of Mississippi citizens and resources in his new role.

Kruger continues to serve as a Judge Advocate for the Mississippi Army National Guard. As a soldier, Kruger served in combat arms and as an attorney, deploying to the Middle East with the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and serving domestically as part of the COVID-19 Task Force.

He received extensive legal training in federal criminal practice at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and in military law practice at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia.