Wisconsin's Dunbar Elected NGAUS Chairman

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The adjutant general of Wisconsin is now the chairman of the NGAUS Board of Directors. Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar (pictured, sixth from the left) has served on the board for eight years with one break, and has served twice as the vice chair-Air. 

His election Monday by the delegates at the 140th General Conference & Exhibition brought the gathering to a close in New Orleans.  

Dunbar joined the Air Force in 1983 and the Air National Guard in 1991. He has been the adjutant general of the Badger State since 2007. 

Retired Brig. Gen. Ken Ross was re-elected treasurer. Maj. Gen. Joanne Sheridan was returned as secretary.  

Delegates also re-elected Maj. Gen. Max Haston as vice chair-Army. Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire was voted in as vice chair-Air. 

Maj. Gen. Joe F. Jarrard was retained as Area III adjutant-general representative. Brig. Gen. Randall Simmons is the new Army rep for Area III. Maj. John Fesler is the area's Air rep.  

In Area VI, Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire was elected the adjutant-general representative. But his election as vice chair-Air will require the board to fill this position at the November meeting. Brig. Gen. John Lathrop was retained as the Area VI Army rep, and Lt. Col. John Brownell remains as the Air rep. 

Capt. Marlon Jones was elected to the board as the Army company-grade officer representative. Retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Joe Diaz is now the board's warrant-officer representative. 

Before handing the gavel to Dunbar, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the outgoing chairman, told delegates, "It has been an absolute honor to be your chairman for the last two years."  

At the final session, delegates approved 109 resolutions that will form the legislative agenda for NGAUS in the year ahead.
They include 48 Air, 38 Army and 23 Joint resolutions. They include modernization issues, concurrent fielding of new equipment and military leave. 

Also, a change to the association bylaws adds a retiree-at-large member to the Committee on Membership. The belief is that such a member will help with the association's outreach to bring retirees in as members. 

Capt. Mark Timmons, the Army rep for company-grade officers on the board, encouraged delegates to spread the word of a new survey from the Company Grade Committee. For several years, the committee has conducted surveys regarding issues such as "Guard fatigue" and how service impacts civilian jobs. The new survey is available through the NGAUS conference app and will be distributed through various NGAUS media. 

Reports were also made by the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States and the Adjutants General Association of the United States. Retired Brig. Gen. Allyson Solomon, the president of the National Guard Youth Foundation, introduced a video marking 25 years of the program.  

Videos from this year's gathering are available on the NGAUS YouTube channel at NGAUS1878. Complete coverage of the conference will be published in the October issue of NATIONAL GUARD, the association's award-winning magazine.