It is an honor to serve as the President of the Adjutants General Association of the United States. AGAUS was formed in 1912, in part, to refute a U.S. Attorney General's decision that opined that the National Guard could not deploy overseas. In a partnership with the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) that was formed in 1911, the AGAUS worked in concert with NGAUS in developing the best plans and policies for the Guard in securing favorable legislation. That was in 1912 - since then the AGAUS has been at the forefront in supporting the community based National Guard. The Adjutants General Association, like the organization they serve, has a dual responsibility to the state and nation. Since September 11, 2001, this responsibility to the homeland has been called a "back to the future" moment. For 376 years the National Guard in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia was the "military first responder" when the Governors needed assistance. AGAUS continues to work with the Governors, the NGB, and other agencies to maximize the Guard role in Homeland Security while enhancing individual and unit readiness to support the full spectrum of federal and state missions.
The events of 9-11 highlighted to the Nation that the National Guard was no longer a strategic reserve - but a full spectrum operational force. As an operation force, the Guard requires resources to man, equip and train in all mission areas, state and federal, and perform these missions simultaneously.
The AGAUS is committed to the 21st century minutemen. The National Guard continues to be the community-based militia - organized, trained, and equipped for the dual state and federal mission. During our 376 years, the National Guard citizen-soldier and airman have answered every call to service - AGAUS seeks to “empower” the outstanding soldiers and airmen who have answered the call to serve their state and Nation.
Edward W. Tonini