Friday, June 20, 2008

NGAUS History 6.19.08

NGAUS officers visited President Kennedy in the White House Oct. 23, 1963. It was the first time the association’s officers had paid a formal call on the president since before World War II.

But this was not simply a cordial event. The president was familiar with some of the problems confronting the organization at the time. He expressed the hope that it would be possible to increase the Guard equipment level.

Secretary of the Army Cyrus R. Vance told the president that the Army was working toward an improvement in equipment and material areas. President Kennedy also commended the Guard for its service in recent national emergencies.

Maj. Gen. James F. Cantwell, NGAUS president, led the NGAUS contingent.

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