PINEVILLE - The Louisiana National Guard’s inspector general is retiring after 31 years in the Army and three years in his current position, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Col. James F. Bowie will formally retire July 31, said Sgt. Rebekah Malone, a Louisiana National Guard spokeswoman. His retirement ceremony was held last week at Camp Beauregard in Pineville.

Though he’s leaving the Army, he’ll still be connected to the military. Bowie recently was named senior Army instructor for the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at McKinley High School in Baton Rouge. That job starts with the fall semester.

Bowie is a native of Colfax. He previously commanded the 765th Transportation Battalion in Fort Eustis, Va., and served eight years in South Korea.