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Meridian native to head National Guard Association

MERIDIAN, MISS– A retired combat veteran from Meridian has been selected to head the National Guard Association of the United States. 

The Mississippi congressional delegation commended Brig. Gen. (Ret.) J. Roy Robinson on his selection to be the next president of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), the nation’s primary advocacy organization for the National Guard.

U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Representatives Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), and Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) in September endorsed Robinson to the NGAUS Board of Directors.  Robinson, a native of Meridian and decorated combat veteran, has been executive director of the National Guard Association of Mississippi (NGAMS) since 2008.

“Given General Robinson’s track record of service and success, we are confident that he will continue the tradition of excellence in supporting the men and women currently serving in the Army and Air National Guard, their families and all Guard retirees ensuring that the National Guard has a strong voice not only in Washington, D.C., but throughout the nation,” the Mississippi congressional delegation said in recommending Robinson.

As the chief executive officer of the NGAUS, Robinson will be responsible for the association’s day-to-day operations in Washington and oversee the National Guard Educational Foundation.

A former commander of combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Assistant Adjutant General, Robinson has been an active member of the NGAMS and NGAUS since he commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1985.  The Mississippi Military Family Relief Fund was enacted and expanded under Robinson’s leadership of the NAGMS.

Prior to joining NGAMS, he served at the Mississippi Military Department in such positions as Assistant Chief of Staff, Headquarters, State Area Command and Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Joint Forces Headquarters.

Robinson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from Jackson State University.  He has also completed a United States Army War College Fellowship in Logistics and Acquisition at the Center for Strategic Analysis at University of Texas-Austin.

He and his wife, Susan, a retired teacher in the Rankin County School District, have three children and three grandchildren.

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