NGAUS Welcomes New President This Week

(March 14, 2017) Retired Brig. Gen. Roy Robinson, a former assistant-adjutant general of Mississippi, now holds the reins of NGAUS. He took over Monday for retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, who led the NGAUS staff in the nation’s capital for seven years.

“General Hargett has left some big shoes to fill,” Robinson said. “But he’s also passed along a great organization with a reputation that precedes itself around this town and across the nation. I will be leveraging that organization and that reputation every day to build upon his successes.

“We owe that to him. We owe it even more to every member of the National Guard family.”

Robinson served as vice chairman-Army on the NGAUS board of directors from September 2014 to September 2016. He has been the executive director of the National Guard Association of Mississippi, the nation’s largest state Guard association.

His career includes commanding an engineer battalion during a tour in Iraq.

Under Hargett, the association successfully lobbied Congress to give the National Guard Bureau chief a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Hargett says his proudest accomplishment is convincing Congress to create two commissions to review the Army and Air Force, including their relationships with the Guard. Both panels concluded that each service would benefit from more reliance on its Guard component.

Hargett has agreed to serve as vice chairman of the National Guard Educational Foundation, a part-time volunteer position.