Arizona Guardsman Heading National Association

Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, the Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard
Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, the Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard, delivers comments of inspiration and appreciation to onlooking soldiers and airmen during the 2018 Arizona National Guard Muster at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. (U.S. Army photo/Richard Hoppe)

PHOENIX — Arizona's top National Guard officer is now the senior leader of a national group representing National Guard officers.

Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire was elevated to board chairman of the National Guard Association of the United States upon the resignation of Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, the association said Wednesday.

McGuire was a vice-chair of the association and next in the line of succession and he'll serve as chair for the rest of a term ending Aug. 31, the association said.

Delegates will select a new chairman during the association's general conference in Boston at the end of August, the association said.

McGuire was appointed Arizona adjutant general in 2013 by then-Gov. Jan Brewer.

As adjutant general, McGuire is the senior officer of the Arizona National Guard, which is commanded by the governor. McGuire also serves as the director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs.

McGuire is a 1987 Air Force Academy graduate with over 31 years in uniform, including combat experience in both the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft.

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