Lieutenant Colonel C. Allen McDaniel II became the fifth Executive Director of the National Guard Association of Mississippi on January 25, 2017. He first joined NGAMS as Deputy Director on April 15, 2014 and has been an active member since he commissioned as a second lieutenant. However his military career began in 1990 when he enlisted as a private and continued as an engineer officer, ultimately progressing to his current military position as Deputy State Judge Advocate. McDaniel deployed to Iraq in 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
McDaniel’s leadership ensures that NGAMS fosters and supports the role of the National Guard in Mississippi and the National Guard of the United States in providing for and assuring the the military security of our Nation. His goal is to develop both the full-time staff and volunteer members of NGAMS into an ever-growing organization focused on our Service members, their families and their communities. His role as the executive director is to nurture an environment of empowering the members to become leaders within the framework of the NGAMS mission.
His experience and knowledge has established the NGAMS as a leader in service to the men, women and families of the Mississippi National Guard. He has worked relentlessly in championing legislation on both the state and national level to the benefit of Servicemembers. His efforts in the NGAMS Patriot Partnership Program has provided our soldiers and airmen the opportunity to remain active in their state and national conferences and thus ensuring they are up to date on the issues that impact them, their families and communities.
He is active in the retired associations, more commonly referenced as At Ease Gangs, as a frequent presenter to the members. McDaniel also maintains a schedule of speaking to other organizations and community groups in support of those that wear the uniform.
A native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, McDaniel graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He completed his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law. Prior to joining NGAMS, he practiced law at Page, Kruger & Holland, P.A. in public sector defense and general litigation.
He and his wife Tara, Preschool Dean at Jackson Academy, have two children, Ford, 12, and Cloe, 8. In his free time he enjoys coaching his children’s various sports teams, reading, and traveling with his family.