(March 18, 2014) Retired Maj. Gen. Robert F. Ensslin Jr., who served as the Florida adjutant general before leading NGAUS for several years, died Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 86.
A statement from the Florida National Guard said Ensslin’s presence and leadership will be missed and that his service “has had a lasting effect on this organization.”
Ensslin served as the adjutant general of Florida from 1982 to 1992. He served as the president of NGAUS—a position now known as chairman—from 1990 to 1992 and as executive director—now known as president—from 1993 to 1995.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1950 and joined the active-component Army in 1951. He served with the 48th Field Artillery Battalion in the Korean War as a forward observer and later as the battalion commander.
He joined the Florida Army National Guard in 1956. He commanded at several levels including as commander of the 53rd Infantry Brigade in 1980 and 1981.
The Robert F. Ensslin Jr. Armory in St. Augustine, Fla., was named in his honor in 1993.
He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. No date has been set.
Memorial gifts can be made to the National Museum of the Army, Attn: Campaign Hqs., P.O. Box 96281, Washington, D.C. 20090-6281, or to the University Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 509, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514.
Ensslin is the second former NGAUS executive director to pass this year. Retired Maj. Gen. Edward J. Philbin died in January. He served at NGAUS following Ensslin. His funeral is Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, followed by a reception at the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C.