Promotion of Army Lt. Gen. Frank Grass to General and change of responsibility ceremony swearing in Gen. Grass as the 27th Chief of the National Guard Bureau in the Pentagon Auditorium on Sept. 7, 2012. (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)
Arnold, Mo (KSDK) -- A native of Arnold and Missouri National Guard-Citizen Soldier became the 27th chief of the National Guard Bureau (NGB).
General Frank Grass was promoted during the NGB Promotion & Change of Responsibility ceremony at the Pentagon Auditorium on September 7, 2012. He relieved Air Force General Craig McKinley and received his fourth star.
According to Major Tamara Spicer of the Missouri National Guard, the chief of the NGB serves as a military adviser to the president, secretary of defense, National Security Council, and an official channel of communication in all 54 states and territories for the National Guard.
General Grass is also responsible for ensuring more than half a million Army and Air National Guard personnel are accessible, capable, and ready to protect the United States.
Grass enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard in October 1969. He is the second chief to also serve as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Grass graduated from Fox High School and is the son of the late Arthur and Duella Grass. He and his wife Patricia have five children and seven grandchildren.