Lieutenant General H Steven
Blum serves as Chief, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Va. As
Chief, he is the senior uniformed National Guard officer responsible
for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and
plans affecting more than half a million Army and Air National Guard
personnel. Appointed by the President, he serves as the principal
adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, and the
Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all National Guard
issues. As NGB Chief, he serves as the Army's and Air Force's official
channel of communication with the Governors and Adjutants General.
Prior to his current assignment, General Blum served as Chief of Staff,
United States Northern Command.
General Blum has commanded at every level to
include a Special Forces Operational Detachment-A, a Light Infantry
Battalion and an Infantry Brigade, and a Division Support Command.
Prior to commanding the 29th Infantry Division (Light), General Blum
served as Assistant Adjutant General for Army, Commanding General,
Maryland Army National Guard, and Assistant Division Commander
(Support), 29th Infantry Division (Light). General Blum served as the
Commanding General for Multinational Division (North) SFOR-10 in
Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia Herzegovina.
“Our priorities and our vision focus on
leveraging the talents, the abilities, the selfless commitment and the
enthusiasm of these Soldiers and Airmen. As Chief of the National Guard
Bureau, my mission is to ensure that they receive the latest training,
complete and modern equipment, and an organizational and command
structure worthy of their mission and their service.”