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Anne Haston

Anne Haston was born in McMinnville, Tennessee, where her father still raises cattle on the family farm. The first in her family to attend college, she graduated with a major in economics from The University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1980.

While a student, she worked for UT Residence Halls as both a Resident Assistant and Area Coordinator after she served as President of her Residence Hall Association. She also served on the Undergraduate Alumni Council.

Married in 1981 to her high school sweetheart, Major General Terry 'Max' Haston, she became a Realtor with homebuilder Nash/Phillips Copus while Max served as a LT at Fort Hood, Texas. The Hastons transitioned from Active Duty to the National Guard in 1983, returning to Knoxville where she worked for over 15 years as an (AICP) Planner with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner, and Cannon, a Tennessee based engineering firm.

As a child and youth education advocate since 1997, and as first lady of the Tennessee National Guard since January 2010, Mrs. Haston focuses most of her volunteer time on the 'force behind the force' - the military child and family.

In May 2013, she and Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, military child of NGAUS President, MG Gus Hargett, co-chaired a Military Child Public Engagement, facilitated by the non-profit Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), to raise awareness of the 40,000 military children living in Tennessee.

Mrs. Haston volunteered for many years with the Ronald McDonald House, the Knoxville/Knox County Mayors Youth Action Council, and Knox County Schools, where she served as a middle school PTA President and President of the Knox County Council PTA. She has also served two 2-year terms with the Tennessee PTA Board of Managers.

She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Tennessee Expect More, Achieve More Coalition, and is President elect for the Knoxville Region University of Tennessee Alumni Association Network Board. She is a mentor for the Tennessee National Guard Youth Action Council and serves as the Military Child & Family Liaison for the Knox County Council PTA.

The Hastons have one son, Travis, a recent college graduate, and one shelter rescue dog, Harley.