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Release No: 728-12
September 05, 2012

Secretary of Defense to Host National Guard Bureau Change of Responsibility Ceremony

            Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta will host a change of responsibility ceremony for the chief of the National Guard Bureau at 8 a.m. EDT, Sept. 7, in the Pentagon Auditorium (BH650).  

            Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass will replace Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley as the chief of the National Guard Bureau.  Grass will also receive his fourth star during the ceremony. 

            As chief of the National Guard Bureau, Grass will serve as a military adviser to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council and is the Department of Defense's official channel of communication to the governors and adjutants general in all 54 states and territories on all matters pertaining to the National Guard.  He will be responsible for ensuring that more than half a million Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable and ready to protect the homeland and to provide combat resources to the Army and the Air Force. 

            Media interested in covering the ceremony can RSVP by contacting Maj. Randy Saldivar at 571-256-7323 or by e-mail at randy.l.saldivar@us.army.mil by Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. EDT.

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