A retired Massachusetts Army National Guard two-star general who has spent 15 years on the NGAUS board of directors will take over the association's daily operations in Washington, D.C., next year.
The NGAUS board selected retired Maj. Gen. Francis M. McGinn to be the association's president Nov. 18.
McGinn will succeed retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson of Mississippi, who has held the position since March 2017.
The NGAUS president leads 29 employees who operate out of the National Guard Memorial, the association’s headquarters in the nation’s capital.
The position also oversees the National Guard Educational Foundation — which maintains the National Guard Memorial Museum — and the NGAUS Insurance Trust.
The NGAUS president's principal duties include providing the Guard with unified representation before Congress and various other functions supporting a nationwide membership of more than 45,000 current and former Army and Air Guard officers.
"Being able to continue to serve the men and women of our National Guard is a true honor," McGinn said.
"I look forward to leading the association in our efforts to ensure the highest levels of readiness, modernization and quality of life for our members and families, while continuing to tell the Guard story," he continued. "I will work tirelessly to shape the future of the National Guard and our association."
McGinn has four decades of military service, all of it affiliated with the Massachusetts Army Guard, and most of it as a traditional, part-time soldier.
He deployed to Iraq in 2004 as part of the 42nd Infantry Division. Later, McGinn was the division’s assistant division commander for support.
A Quincy, Massachusetts, native, McGinn has also been the state’s assistant adjutant general-Army.
McGinn has additionally served as the president of the Massachusetts National Guard Association.
He concluded his military career as mobilization assistant to the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.
McGinn's awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal (with four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters).
He also has 34 years of civilian law-enforcement experience, retiring from the Massachusetts State Police in 2018 as a major after 30 years.
Currently, McGinn commands the Ronald Reagan National Airport Station in Washington, D.C., as a major in the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department.
McGinn and his wife, Kerry, currently live in Ashburn, Virginia. The couple have a daughter, Kaylee, and a son, Collin.
— By John Goheen