NGAUS Washington Report
(April 2, 2013) Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. will continue to serve as the NGAUS point man in Washington, D.C., through next year.
The association's board of directors and the former Tennessee adjutant general agreed during discussions last month that he will continue to serve as NGAUS president.
The action will fulfill Hargett's original contract, which includes an initial three-year term and two one-year extensions at the mutual consent of him and the board. He concurrently serves as president of the National Guard Educational Foundation.
Hargett came to Washington, D.C., in 2010 with goals of reinvigorating the association's lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill, increasing NGEF fundraising and bolstering NGAUS membership.
He gives himself high marks for the first two and "incomplete" for the third.
During his tenure, NGAUS has achieved some historic legislative victories, including a seat for the chief of the National Guard Bureau on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Meanwhile, the NGEF has raised more than $2 million over the last three years. The additional revenue enabled the foundation to add the 9/11 Era Gallery to National Guard Memorial Museum and refurbish the Vietnam War exhibit.
Hargett said he is now focusing more attention on association membership, which has dipped slightly since his arrival.
"I came to Washington with some basic goals," he said. "I've enjoyed working for our members. I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish together, but our work here is not done."
Click here to read the President's Annual Message taken from the February 2013 issue of NATIONAL GUARD.