New NGAUS Staffer Familiar with Military

NGAUS Washington Report

(Feb. 25, 2014) Gil Roberts, 58, has joined the NGAUS staff as an administrative assistant. She will help plan the association’s conference in Chicago, monitor the main phone line and take on a variety of other duties.  

Roberts grew up in a military family and considers Killeen, Tex., her hometown. She joined the staff this week following a 26-year career in catering and event planning, and a five-year stint as a civilian defense contractor in the Middle East.

During her time overseas, Roberts worked as a logistics coordinator for U.S. Forces-Iraq.  She helped coordinate shipments as the military was packing up to leave the country, among other things.

Roberts was in Iraq with her husband, Michael Chinigo, a retired first sergeant, who was also serving as a logistics manager. During their brief downtime, the couple prepared home-cooked meals for many service members and contractors using a kitchen that was set up in his logistics warehouse.

“We so enjoyed being Mom and Pops,” she said.

Roberts returned to the U.S. in 2012 and settled in Washington, D.C. where her daughter, Clytie Roberts, owns the restaurant Café Berlin.

“In one way or another, I’ve worked with military my whole working life,” she said.  “It’s what I know.

“I look forward to being able to do my part, as I have in the past, to make life better for our men and women in uniform.”