National Guard Association: New Arizona-based chair to take helm

Phoenix, Ariz.—The 45,000-member strong National Guard Association of the U.S. has a new chairman: Major Gen. Michael T. McGuire of the Arizona National Guard.

McGuire—who has long been a vice-chairman of the organization—currently serves as the top officer in this state’s Guard—as well as the director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. He succeeds as national leader of the NGAUS after the current chair, Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, resigned in January, according to the group’s press release.

“I’ve been a member of NGAUS since my earliest days in the Air National Guard.” said McGuire, who has been an F-16 pilot among many other roles, as he reflected on his new post. “I continued to be awed by its accomplishments over the years, the force we have today, and I am humbled to now be its chairman.”

“Our association is in great hands,” Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, the president of the organization. “General McGuire is an outstanding leader with great passion for NGAUS and the institution and people we serve.”

Thousands of federal employees also serve their country and their state as members of the National Guard. Along with feds in the military Reserves, those who participate in their state’s National Guard have their contributions legally recognized and protected under various specific statutes, most notably the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994. Ensuring proper job protections for feds (and for other non-federal employee members) are among the many priorities of the NGAUS. For more on NGAUS’s priorities and legislative interests, go to


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