Gen. Blum heads National Guard Bureau

Gen. Blum heads National Guard Bureau

Army Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum was confirmed last week as the new chief of the National Guard Bureau. Since August, Blum has been chief of staff for both the Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

In his new post, Blum succeeds Lt. Gen. Russell Davis, who retired last summer. Maj. Gen. Raymond Rees has been acting chief since then, officials said.

As National Guard chief, Blum is responsible for developing and coordinating policies, programs and plans affecting Army and Air National Guard personnel. He will be the principal adviser to the secretary and chiefs of staff of the Army and Air Force on all Guard issues.

Prior to heading Northcom and NORAD, Blum led the Multi-National Division, North, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, an assignment that ended in April 2002.

The Maryland native earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Baltimore in 1968. He received a master's in social science in 1973 from Morgan State College in Baltimore, and he attended the Army War College in 1989.

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