Armed Services Committee held a July 19 hearing to consider the nomination of
Army National Guard Lt. Gen. Frank Grass for the position of National Guard
Bureau chief. This marked the first time the committee held a nomination
hearing for the National Guard Bureau chief. Legislation passed last year made
the bureau chief a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff "with the specific
responsibility of addressing matters involving nonfederalized National Guard
forces in support of homeland defense and civil support missions," Sen. Carl
Levin, the committee's chair noted at the hearing. Grass is the deputy
commander of U.S. Northern Command.
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