NGAUS Washington Report
(April 30, 2013) A retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel who has served in the National Guard Bureau and has several years of work experience in the defense industry has been hired to take over as the NGAUS chief of staff.
Retired Lt. Col. Robert Jakubek will replace retired Col. Randy Williams, who will depart from the association at the end of June. Jakubek is set to begin work Wednesday at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C., to begin the transition.
In addition to running the 24-member staff, the association's chief of staff serves as coordinator of the annual NGAUS general conference, which is set this year for Sep. 20 to 23 in Honolulu.
"Colonel Jakubek has a broad range of management and technical experience that make him a great fit for this position," said retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president. "He also knows Washington and NGAUS. He will be a valuable member of our team from Day One."
The Lansdowne, Va., resident began his military career as a private in the Oklahoma Army Guard in 1981. Shortly after earning his commission as a field artillery officer in 1986, he assumed the first of a series of positions at NGB, including one as an information management officer.
In 1996, he transferred to the Tennessee Army Guard, where he served in a variety of full-time positions until he retired from uniformed service in 2008.
Jakubek has since worked for BAE Systems, where he was responsible for all areas of forward-deployed business development relating to the National Guard.
He comes to the association after working as director of business development for Allen Vanguard, an Arlington, Va., company that specializes in providing customized solutions to defeat terrorist and extremist threats, including improvised explosive devices.
BAE and Allen Vanguard are both NGAUS corporate members.