Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner

NGAUS Chairman of the Board

Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, the Missouri adjutant general, was elected chairman of the board of NGAUS at the 134th General Conference and Exhibition in Reno, Nev., Sept. 12, 2012. Danner had previously served on the board as the Area IV Army representative since 2010.

He was commissioned a first lieutenant in 1981 into the Judge Advocate General Corps. His initial military service began in 1972, when he enlisted in the Regular Army and served as a combat engineer on active duty until 1974.

Danner served in Iraq as Command Judge Advocate, 35th Area Support Group, Logistics Support Area, Anaconda, Balad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2005 to Jan. 2007. Additionally, he served as a contract attorney and on special garrison assignments for 3rd Corps Command. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge.

He assumed duties as adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard on Jan. 22, 2009. As the adjutant general, he serves as the chief administrative officer to the governor for command and control of the 11,800 Missouri Army and Air National Guard personnel. He ensures the Missouri National Guard is trained, equipped and resourced for its dual state and federal missions.

Before taking the post, Danner was a successful businessman and lawyer. In addition, he spent time in the Missouri legislature, serving as a state representative and senator.

Danner holds a B.A. in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and earned a J.D. at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Mo. He also completed work at the Joint Task Force Commanders Training Course in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the U.S. Army War College.