As I have noted here before, I did the military thing backwards. Most people do an active duty hitch then finish their service obligation in the reserves or National Guard. I started out in the National Guard as a way to help pay for college and then found myself enjoying it a bit too much, so I went active duty.
At any rate, while serving in the 20th Special Forces Group (National Guard) I became aware of an officer named Stephen Blum. He was no longer assigned to 20th Group, but regularly attended functions with the unit. I met him on a few occasions and I know that he was highly thought of by the men in the unit. I should capitalize that. He was HIGHLY though of by the men. He was held in the absolute highest regard.
Now, by a happy accident, I just discovered that Lieutenant General H. Stephen Blum is the chief of the National Guard Bureau. Top dog of all National Guard in the United States. Congratulations, General Blum.