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Aubrey Vance Renfroe is President of the Minuteman Institute for Defense Studies (MINDS) in Washington DC. Renfroe’s writings and MINDS publications have been a major influence on the ongoing transformation of the National Guard.

Under his leadership, MINDS has been teaching university courses on democratic and multinational institutions in Russia and Germany since 2002 and has gained Department of Defense support for expansion of the teaching project into Europe, the Balkans, and Africa.

Renfroe, a combat-seasoned Command Pilot/Evaluator, has been Air National Guard Director of Operations and Programs, senior advisor to both the Director of Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, and to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans, HQ USAF. At the request of the Supreme Allied Commander, Renfroe became the first Reserve Forces Advisor to US European Command and promulgated the Directorate of Reserve Affairs. Renfroe established the Office of International Affairs in the Air National Guard in 1989, became the first Director of International Affairs for the National Guard Bureau in 1994, and is cofounder of both the National Guard Bureau Alumni Association and the National Guard State Partnership Program. Vance retired from the United States Air Force in 1996 as a Colonel.

A student of religion, Renfroe also holds advanced degrees in international relations and national security affairs and is writing a dissertation for the Doctor of Education degree at The George Washington University exploring how universities should contribute to homeland security. His pertinent publications and addresses include "United, We Stand," a chapter in Partnerships for Peace, Democracy and Prosperity (University Press), and "Have you been there yet today?" in Vital Speeches (1991). He edited and wrote the Foreword for The Foundation and Development of the National Guard Bureau: A Primer, and has written a major paper to commemorate the Dick Acts of 1903 and 1906, “To Secure the Homeland: Lessons from the Evolution of the National Guard.” His most recent work is, “The National Guard and the Total Force Policy,” a chapter in The Modern National Guard: 1903-2003, 100 Years of Service, coauthored with Dr. Michael Doubler. In September 2003 Col. Renfroe led a roundtable “Coalition Building” at the National Press Club in Washington DC, and in March 2004, the roundtable “Defense Transformation and Lessons from Iraq” at COMDEF 2004 in San Diego CA.

Colonel Renfroe is president of Renfroe Associates, a consulting firm representing Armor Holdings, Inc. His wife of 35 years, Dr. Anita Boyle Renfroe, is Artist-Professor of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at the Millersville University of Pennsylvania. They have two children and three grandchildren.