National Guard November 2012 : Page 12

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE Maj. Gen. Steve Danner No Limits perhaps, a more appropriate place in federal government. To effectively equip and train our force to respond to natural disasters at home, we should look to the Depart-ment of Homeland Security. And the State Department should fund humanitarian missions conducted through the State Partnership Pro-gram. I look forward to working with a great leader, retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president, and the association’s board of directors to address issues that are vital to our members. As the war in Afghanistan winds down and America’s military require-ments are re-evaluated, NGAUS must be a powerful voice to shape the Guard’s future. The possibilities are limited only by our collective creativ-ity, and we have plenty of that. But we must work smartly with all stakeholders, leveraging the citizen-soldier tradition to maximize the Guard’s value for America. To reach our objectives, we must develop a strategic plan and find new sources of funding. I look forward to working with all of you. I T’S A TREMENDOUS honor and privilege to be chosen to lead this powerful association. Despite fiscal and political uncer-tainties, NGAUS is poised to make an impact on national defense policy for years to come. I will have more to say on that subject, but, first, as the newly elected chairman, I would be remiss not to thank a number of people. Thank you to my predecessor, Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala. He’s a good friend, proven leader and statesman. His home state of Delaware should be proud. He served with distinction. I will frequently tap into his knowledge and experience during my tenure. I also want to recognize the members of Team Missouri for their commitment to our association and my campaign for chairman. The “black shirts” developed a strategic campaign plan, but, more importantly, their hard work at home earned the Show-Me State the 2012 award for most improved NGAUS membership. Let Missouri’s example serve as a clarion call for every state to invigo-rate its Guard association. Not doing so at this critical time would be like the Minutemen not showing up at Lexington and Concord! With budget cuts inevitable, I agree with Defense Department leaders who say they must focus limited budget resources on core missions. Let’s work together and lighten their load. No component benefits from a knife fight over declining resources. One way is to tie funding for the Guard’s noncombat missions to, 12 To reach our objectives, we must develop a strategic plan and find new sources of funding. Cathleen Allison The new chairman (center) stands with Maj. Gen. Donald P . Dunbar of Wisconsin, the new vice chair-Air, and Maj. Gen. Deborah A. Ashenhurst of Ohio, the new vice chair-Army, at the recent 134th General Conference and Exhibition in Reno, Nev. | Na tional Guard

Chairman's Message

Steve Danner

No Limits<br /> <br /> IT’S A TREMENDOUS honor and privilege to be chosen to lead this powerful association.<br /> <br /> Despite fiscal and political uncertainties, NGAUS is poised to make an impact on national defense policy for years to come.<br /> <br /> I will have more to say on that subject, but, first, as the newly elected chairman, I would be remiss not to thank a number of people.<br /> <br /> Thank you to my predecessor, Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala. He’s a good friend, proven leader and statesman. His home state of Delaware should be proud. He served with distinction. I will frequently tap into his knowledge and experience during my tenure.<br /> <br /> I also want to recognize the members of Team Missouri for their commitment to our association and my campaign for chairman.<br /> <br /> The “black shirts” developed a strategic campaign plan, but, more importantly, their hard work at home earned the Show-Me State the 2012 award for most improved NGAUS membership.<br /> <br /> Let Missouri’s example serve as a clarion call for every state to invigorate its Guard association. Not doing so at this critical time would be like the Minutemen not showing up at Lexington and Concord!<br /> <br /> With budget cuts inevitable, I agree with Defense Department leaders who say they must focus limited budget resources on core missions.<br /> <br /> Let’s work together and lighten their load. No component benefits from a knife fight over declining resources.<br /> <br /> One way is to tie funding for the Guard’s noncombat missions to, Perhaps, a more appropriate place in federal government.<br /> <br /> To effectively equip and train our force to respond to natural disasters at home, we should look to the Department of Homeland Security. And the State Department should fund humanitarian missions conducted through the State Partnership Program.<br /> <br /> I look forward to working with a great leader, retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president, and the association’s board of directors to address issues that are vital to our members.<br /> <br /> As the war in Afghanistan winds down and America’s military requirements are re-evaluated, NGAUS must be a powerful voice to shape the Guard’s future. The possibilities are limited only by our collective creativity, and we have plenty of that.<br /> <br /> But we must work smartly with all stakeholders, leveraging the citizensoldier tradition to maximize the Guard’s value for America.<br /> <br /> To reach our objectives, we must develop a strategic plan and find new sources of funding.<br /> <br /> I look forward to working with all of you.<br /> <br /> To reach our objectives, we must develop a strategic plan and find new sources of funding.

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