by Katherine Kreider
Adjutant General Stephen Danner is the second Missourian to serve as the chairman of the National Guard Association.
Danner was elected as chairman at the NGA convention in Reno, Nev. last week.
The NGA was created to provide each state and territory with representation in Washington D.C. Their stated goal is to obtain better equipment and training by educating Congress on militia needs.
Danner served as the top official for the Missouri National Guard and was awarded a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement that Danner’s “leadership skills and the genuine concern he has shown for those under his command will enable him to serve well the men and women of the Guard and their families.”
Danner will serve as chairman of the board for the next two years and hopes to “maintain the momentum” of the association.