Kentucky Adjutant General to Lead All Nation's Adjutants General Association

June 26, 2013 | By kentuckyguard
Staff Report For media inquiries and interview opportunities of Maj. General Tonini, contact Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard at 502-607-1556. [caption id="attachment_19061" align="aligncenter" width="480"]mg-tonini-ky-tag Major General Ed Tonini was elected the President of the Adjutants General Association of the United States during the mid-June member conference held in Greenville, South Carolina. FRANKFORT, KY -- Kentucky's Adjutant General, Major General Ed Tonini, was elected the President of the Adjutants General Association of the United States during the mid-June member conference held in Greenville, South Carolina. The Adjutants General Association of the United States is made up of  the 54 Adjutants General of the sovereign states, territories, and the  District of Columbia. agausLogoCut_100xThe purpose of AGAUS is to ensure that the units within National Guard of the United States are organized, equipped, and postured to fulfill their responsibilities across the full spectrum of operations inherent in the National Military Strategy (NMS) and the constitutions of the United States, states, and territories. AGAUS holds elections for its top leadership positions every other year during its spring meeting. Elected officers typically serve a single two-year term. Tonini succeeds Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford of Arkansas. "The AGAUS president is an important voice in matters involving the National Guard in Washington," said retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president. "General Tonini is a seasoned leader and a gifted communicator. He will be a real asset in the challenging discussion ahead. We look forward to working with him." Tonini has been Kentucky adjutant general since December 2007. He has nearly four decades in uniform, much of it as an Air Guard public affairs officer. "During our 376 years, the National Guard citizen-soldier and airman have answered every call to service as an organized, trained, and equipped force for the dual state and federal mission," said Tonini. "It is my job as AGAUS president to ensure we continue to empower the outstanding soldiers and airmen who have answered the call to serve their state and nation." The adjutants general also selected Maj. Gen. David Baldwin of California as vice president-Army, Maj. Gen. Mike Edwards as vice president-Air, Maj. Gen. Dave Sprynczynatyk of South Dakota as treasurer and Maj. Gen. Scott Rice of Massachusetts as secretary. . . THE NATIONAL GUARD The National Guard is comprised of more than 458,000 personnel serving in 3,600 communities throughout the country. The Guard represents the 11th largest army in the world, the 5th largest air force and approximately 38% of the total U.S. military force structure. The National Guard has provided the country's homeland defense for more than 376  years. The Guard has been a part of every conflict, battle or war the United States has ever fought. The Guard is the lead military force employed during state emergencies and disasters. National Guard operations consist of land and air units that serve in state, federal, joint, combined, and multinational roles for a variety of missions. Guard missions include state and federal emergencies, humanitarian assistance,  peacekeeping and peacemaking missions, major theater wars, and conflicts involving the potential use of weapons of mass destruction.

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