Brigadier General (ret)
Marianne E. Watson

Marianne Watson serves as Vice Chair of the Campaign Advisory Council of American Jobs for America’s Heroes.

Until her retirement from the National Guard in December 2013, General Watson served as the Director of Manpower and Personnel, (J-1), at the National Guard Bureau. She had the primary responsibility of leading a National Guard Joint Manpower, Personnel, and Services Team collaborating with a network of strategic partners, fostering and enabling a resilient operational reserve, and advocating for National Guard Service Members, Families and Veterans by leveraging resources and programs across the spectrum of public and private stakeholders.

General Watson received her commission and was selected as the Honor Graduate of the Virginia National Guard Military Academy Officers Candidate School Class 31 at Ft. A.P. Hill. She has served full time as a Company Commander, Detachment Commander in the Virginia Army National Guard and Battalion Executive Officer in the Minnesota Army National Guard.

General Watson served at the National Guard Bureau since 1987. She served as the Officer Management Branch Chief, Personnel Division and later as the Chief, Army National Guard Personnel Division. General Watson deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as the Chief, National Guard Affairs. Upon her return she served as the Army National Guard Director of Manpower and Personnel (G-1) for approximately three years.