New Chief of Staff, Legislative Director Begin Duties at NGAUS

WASHINGTON (June 18, 2013) — The association that gives voice to the nation’s oldest military institution in the nation’s capital has two new key staff.

Retired Lt. Col. Robert “Jake” Jakubek began duties this week as the NGAUS chief of staff while retired Col. Pete Duffy took over last week as legislative director.

Jakubek is a former full-time Tennessee Army National Guard officer who served tours in the National Guard Bureau before spending several years working in the defense industry, most recently as director of business development for Allen Vanguard in Arlington, Va.

“Colonel Jakubek has a broad range of management and technical experience that makes him a great fit for this position,” said retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president. “He also knows Washington and our association. He has been an asset from his first day at NGAUS.”

Jakubek joined the association staff May 1 to transition into his new duties. In addition to running the 24-member staff, he is also now coordinator of the annual NGAUS General Conference, which is set this year for Sept. 20 to 23 in Honolulu.

He replaces retired Col. Randy Williams, who will leave the full-time staff at the end of this month after three and a half years to become the association’s new tradeshow manager.

Duffy also knows Washington and NGAUS, but primarily from the vantage point of the association's legislative staff.

He arrived in 2007 to take over as the association’s deputy legislative director after practicing law for more than 30 years in New Hampshire. Last year he took over as acting legislative director following the departure of retired Brig. Gen. Richard Green of Ohio.

In his six years at NGAUS, Duffy has concentrated on expanding personnel and medical benefits for Guardsmen, their families and retirees. He also was a key player in the historic 2011 lobbying effort that gained a seat for the National Guard Bureau chief on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“Pete Duffy couples an extensive legal background with a passionate belief in the value of citizen-soldiers and airmen to our nation,” Hargett said. “It’s a combination that has served our members very well while he focused primarily on personnel issues. It should serve them even better now that he is guiding our entire legislative agenda.”  

Reporters, Editors & Producers: Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. is available for interviews or to appear as a subject matter expert on defense issues related to the National Guard. Contact John Goheen at 202-789-0031 to schedule an interview or appearance.

About NGAUS: The association includes nearly 45,000 current or former Guard officers. It was created in 1878 to provide unified National Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources. Today, 135 years later, NGAUS has the same mission.