(August 9, 2016) For the second time in three weeks, about 50 company-grade officers were given access to National Guard leadership as part of the NGAUS-funded officer-professional development trip to Washington, D.C.
The officers visited the home Sunday of Gen. Frank J. Grass for a cookout. Grass recently left the position of chief of the National Guard Bureau and will retire later this month. They also heard from Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the new chief of the National Guard Bureau, who spoke Monday to the officers at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters.
“This allowed many young officers the opportunity to understand the critical role NGAUS plays,” said Heather Bennett, the NGAUS Legislative Fellow who organized the trip that invites two officers from each state and territory to the nation’s capital. “It was a great opportunity to host the chief of the NGB during his first appearance with company-grade officers.”
Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, the director of the Air Guard, also spoke.
The officers, who ranked up to captain and chief warrant officer 3, had several questions for the Guard leaders, including one about balancing life as a civilian with the possibility of increased training days.
“We have to find a system that doesn’t make you choose,” Lengyel said. “Nobody else does what we do.”
The officers also toured the Capitol and the Pentagon. NGAUS initiated this program last month and will continue it annually with two trips each year to accommodate the young officers chosen by their state National Guard associations.
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