Gus Hargett (Ret.)
General Hargett is the chief executive officer of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), which is responsible for providing the Guard with unified representation before Congress and a variety of other functions to support a nationwide membership of nearly 45,000 current and former Army and Air National Guard officers. General Hargett holds a bachelor’s degree from Cumberland University and completed the Defense Language Institute and the U.S. Army War College. He holds the distinction of being the first National Guard officer to attend the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.
A 47-year veteran of the National Guard, General Hargett served in a variety of staff and leadership positions in his home state of Tennessee, in the Pentagon and overseas before serving as The Adjutant General for Tennessee from 2002 until his retirement at the end of 2009. Just prior to his retirement, General Hargett received the Distinguished Service Medal, the U.S. military’s highest award for nonbattlefield service. The award citation noted his “masterful balance of compassion and strength.” Among his many other military decorations are the Legion of Meritorious Service Medal and several Tennessee National Guard awards.