Interview with Chief of the US National Guard Bureau General Frank Grass

2014-08-11 nato, serbia
Author: Radenko Mutavdzic
Interview with Chief of the US National Guard Bureau General Frank Grass

Interview with General Frank Grass, Chief of the US National Guard Bureau

Partnerships build the future


In a Pentagon ceremony, on September 7, 2012, General Frank Grass became the 27th Chief of the US National Guard Bureau, in its more than 375-year history. Grass also received his fourth star during the ceremony.

General Grass heads the US National Guard, whose 460,000 members have responsible tasks in emergency situations in the States, such as floods, fires, tornados or other disasters, and also in combat missions and international multinational operations, where the Guard is transformed from a strategic reserve to an important part of the operational forces of the military.

Editor-in-Chief of the MoD magazine Odbrana Radenko Mutadzic talked to General Grass during his recent stay in Belgrade.


General, since 2012, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This is an acknowledgement of the National Guard’s successful actions in international and national missions. What is the extent of this force and what are its tasks in international deployments and emergency situations in your country?



You are the second four-star general as the Chief of the National Guard?



How much are people, especially youth, interested in serving in the National Guard?



The State Partnership Program with countries across the world has shown great results of the partnership policy?



How do you deem the prospects of this cooperation?



How would you assess the cooperation between the National Guard of Ohio and Serbia?


I believe that there are great possibilities for the progressof our cooperation in many fields in the future. We have just talked to Minister Gasic and Head of the General Staff General Dikovic about joint humanitarian work, peacekeeping operations and development of your “South” base for peacekeeping training. There is also the area of military medicine. For years, the Armed Forces of Serbia have had a great expertize in the field of medical research and development. We talked about joining together in providing humanitarian aid, where we could deploy our forces to a certain territory, in order to assist others that are struggling with a medical disaster of some type.


How do you perceive contemporary security threats and how does the National Guard of Ohio prepare for answering to future challenges?


At the National Guard, we prepare our forces to be ready, when the President calls, to be a combat reserve of the Air Force and the Army. Since 9/11, we have mobilized 760,000 individuals for that mission. Every day, we have about 3,000-4,000 members of the National Guard supporting the community and the defence of the homeland.


Your military career has lasted over four decades. After all the experience, what advice do you have for young officers at the beginning of their careers?



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