|Chief of the
National Guard Bureau
|Formation||February 14, 1908|
|First holder||COL Erasmus M. Weaver, Jr.|
|Deputy||Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau|
The Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) is the head of the National Guard Bureau, which is a joint activity of the Department of Defense, and since 2012 is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Chief of the National Guard Bureau is the highest-ranking officer in the National Guard of the United States; which is a joint reserve component of the United States Army and the United States Air Force. The CNGB serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on matters involving non-federalized National Guard forces and on other matters as determined by the Secretary of Defense. The CNGB also serves as the principal adviser to the Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, on matters relating to federalized forces of the National Guard of the United States and its subcomponents; the Army National Guard of the United States, and the Air National Guard of the United States.
The CNGB is a federally recognized commissioned officer who has served at least 10 years of federally recognized active duty in any of the Reserves of the Army or Air Force. The CNGB is nominated for appointment by the President from any eligible National Guard officers holding the rank of major general or above, who also meets the requirements for the position as determined by defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, under the advice and/or recommendation from their respective state governors and their service secretary. The nominee must be confirmed via majority vote from the Senate. The CNGB serves a four-year term of office at the pleasure of the President. By statute, the CNGB is appointed as a four-star general in the Army or Air Force, serving as a reserve officer on active duty.
In 2009, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Craig McKinley was granted the rank of full general, the first bureau chief to hold that rank. The position also became the seventh member of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2012 with third expansion of the Joint Chiefs in the 2012 defense bill signed on December 31, 2011. McKinley was also bureau chief at that time. The sitting Joint Chiefs had opposed the additional of another member, but President Obama promise in his 2008 campaign to do so.
On June 30, 2016, Lieutenant General Joseph L. Lengyel, the Vice Chief of the National Guard Bureau, was confirmed by the United States Senate for appointment as CNGB and promotion to General. He was promoted and completed a transfer of authority ceremony with his predecessor on August 2.
|1||COL Erasmus M. Weaver, Jr.||USA||February 14, 1908||March 14, 1911|
|2||BG Robert K. Evans||USA||March 15, 1911||August 31, 1912|
|3||MG Albert L. Mills||USA||September 1, 1912||September 18, 1916|
|(Acting)||COL George W. McIver||USA||September 18, 1916||October 26, 1916|
|4||MG William A. Mann||USA||October 26, 1916||November 26, 1917|
|5||MG Jesse McI. Carter||USA||November 26, 1917||August 15, 1918|
|(Acting)||BG John W. Heavey||USA||August 15, 1918||February 5, 1919|
|5||MG Jesse McI. Carter||USA||February 5, 1919||June 28, 1921|
|6||MG George C. Rickards||USA||June 29, 1921||June 28, 1925|
|7||MG Creed C. Hammond||USA||June 29, 1925||June 28, 1929|
|(Acting)||COL Ernest R. Redmond||USA||June 29, 1929||September 30, 1929|
|8||MG William G. Everson||USA||October 1, 1929||November 30, 1931|
|9||MG George E. Leach||USA||December 1, 1931||November 30, 1935|
|(Acting)||COL Herold J. Weiler||USA||December 1, 1935||January 16, 1936|
|(Acting)||COL John F. Williams||USA||January 17, 1936||January 30, 1936|
|10||MG Albert H. Blanding||USA||January 31, 1936||January 30, 1940|
|11||MG John F. Williams||USA||January 31, 1940||January 30, 1944|
|(Acting)||MG John F. Williams||USA||January 31, 1944||January 31, 1946|
|12||MG Butler B. Miltonberger||USA||February 1, 1946||September 29, 1947|
|13||MG Kenneth F. Cramer||USA||September 30, 1947||September 4, 1950|
|(Acting)||MG Raymond H. Fleming||USA||September 5, 1950||August 13, 1951|
|14||MG Raymond H. Fleming||USA||August 14, 1951||February 15, 1953|
|(Acting)||Maj Gen Earl T. Ricks||USAF||February 16, 1953||June 21, 1953|
|15||MG Edgar C. Erickson||USA||June 22, 1953||May 31, 1959|
|(Acting)||Maj Gen Winston P. Wilson||USAF||June 1, 1959||July 19, 1959|
|16||MG Donald W. McGowan||USA||July 20, 1959||August 30, 1963|
|17||Maj Gen Winston P. Wilson||USAF||August 31, 1963||August 31, 1971|
|18||MG Francis S. Greenlief||USA||September 1, 1971||June 23, 1974|
|19||LTG La Vern E. Weber||USA||August 16, 1974||August 15, 1982|
|20||LTG Emmett H. Walker, Jr.||USA||August 16, 1982||August 15, 1986|
|21||LTG Herbert R. Temple, Jr.||USA||August 16, 1986||January 31, 1990|
|22||Lt Gen John B. Conaway||USAF||February 1, 1990||December 1, 1993|
|(Acting)||Maj Gen Philip G. Killey||USAF||December 2, 1993||January 1, 1994|
|(Acting)||MG Raymond F. Rees||USA||January 2, 1994||July 31, 1994|
|(Acting)||MG John R. D'Araujo, Jr.||USA||August 1, 1994||September 30, 1994|
|23||LTG Edward D. Baca||USA||October 1, 1994||July 31, 1998|
|24||Lt Gen Russell C. Davis||USAF||August 4, 1998||August 3, 2002|
|(Acting)||MG Raymond F. Rees||USA||August 4, 2002||April 10, 2003|
|25||LTG H Steven Blum||USA||April 11, 2003||November 17, 2008|
|26||Gen Craig R. McKinley||USAF||November 17, 2008||September 6, 2012|
|27||GEN Frank J. Grass||USA||September 7, 2012||August 3, 2016|
|28||Gen Joseph L. Lengyel||USAF||August 3, 2016||Present|
This positional flag for the Chief of the National Guard Bureau was used from 1998 to 2008. The dark blue represented the Army National Guard, the light blue represented the Air National Guard. The badge in the center is the branch insignia of the National Guard Bureau. The two triangles in the upper fly are "flight devices" and represent the Air National Guard.
The version of the flag which appears in the information box at the top of the page was adopted in 2008 when the position of Chief of the National Guard Bureau was upgraded to full General (four stars).
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