(September 12, 2016) Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the adjutant general of West Virginia, was elected chairman of the NGAUS board of directors during the 138th General Conference & Exhibition ending today in Baltimore. He follows retired Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst who was the first woman to serve in that position in the association’s 138-year history.
The vice chair for Air is Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, the adjutant general of Wisconsin, and the vice chair for Army is Maj. Gen. Max Haston, the adjutant general of Tennessee.
Elected secretary was Brig. Gen. Joanne Sheridan, the assistant adjutant general for Army in Louisiana, and retired Brig. Gen. Ken Ross was retained as treasurer. All officer candidates ran unopposed except for Sheridan, who defeated the incumbent secretary, Brig. Gen. Murray Hansen of Missouri.
Elected to the board from Area I was Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, the adjutant general of Massachusetts, as the adjutant-general representative, Brig. Gen. Frank McGinn of Massachusetts as the Army representative and retired Col. Steve Greco of New Hampshire as the Air representative.
The adjutant general representative for Area IV is Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general of Kansas. Elected as the Army representative of Area IV was Col. Joe Hargett of Mississippi, and retired Col. Tony DeJesus of Kansas was elected to continue as the Air representative.
Retired Brig. Gen. David Brubaker of Indiana was elected to remain as the Air representative for retired and separated officers and Capt. Mark Timmons of Oregon was re-elected to represent the Army company-grade officers.
Members voted down a proposed change to the association bylaws. The change would have required any board member other than those representing retired and separated members to be currently serving in the Guard. Opposed by both the bylaws committee and the board, the proposal had little support.
Also, delegates approved 77 resolutions that will set the legislative agenda for NGAUS in the year ahead. They included four related to Army issues, 39 related to Air issues and 34 related to Joint issues. The resolutions for Army programs include an update to digital communications on aircraft.
Air resolutions include modernization efforts for the F-15, the F-16 and the C-130, and expansion of remotely piloted aircraft missions. Joint resolutions include full Title 10 benefits for Guardsmen participating in preplanned missions under Section 12304.