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Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum

Jewish Generals and Admirals in America's Military


Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum:
Chief, National Guard Bureau

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum serves as Chief, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia. He is the senior uniformed National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than a half a million Army and Air National Guard personnel.

General Blum received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Baltimore, 1968. He received a Master of Science and Social Studies Degree from Morgan State College, 1973. He graduated from the U.S. Army War College, 1989.

Gen. Blum’s effective dates of promotion in the Army Reserve National Guard:
● A 2nd Lieutenant on August 28, 1971
● A 1st Lieutenant on August 28, 1972
● A Captain on September 3, 1074
● A Major on September 6, 1978
● A Lieutenant Colonel on October 1, 1982
● A Colonel on January 3, 1989
● Brigadier General on August 1, 1996
● Major General on February 1, 2000
● Lieutenant General on April 13, 2003

He has had 23 assignments in his Army Reserve National Guard, including his present one as Chief of the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, on April 23, 2003.

General Blum’s major awards and decorations:
● Defense Distinguished Service Medal
● Army Distinguished Service Medal
● Defense Superior Service Medal
● Legion of Merit with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
● Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
● Army Commendation Medal with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
● Joint Meritorious Unit Award
● Army Achievement Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
● Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
● National Defense Service Medal with a Bronze Star
● Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
● Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
● Armed Forces Service Medal
● Humanitarian Service Medal
● Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Devise and Gold Hourglass
● Army Service Ribbon
● Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon
● NATO Medal
● Special Forces Tab
● Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
● Expert Infantry Badge
● Master Parachutist Badge
● Army Staff Identification Badge
● Canadian Parachutist Badge

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