National Guard Bureau
The National Guard Bureau (NGB) is the federal instrument responsible for the administration of the National Guard of the United States established by the United States Congress as a joint bureau of the Department of the Army and the Department of the Air Force. NGB is a joint activity of the Department of Defense and acts as a conduit between the states and the Departments of the Army and Air Force. In this capacity, NGB administers policies and oversees federal funding for the National Guards of the states, territories and District of Columbia that affect the federal mission of National Guard. The NGB is headed by a Chief, who is a full general and a member of either the Army or Air National Guard.