WASHINGTON, September 12, 2016 — Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president, will address National Guard officers from across the country Monday at the 138th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition.
The speech is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, September 12 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event will be live streamed above.
“We are participants in democracy as well as defenders of democracy,” said retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president. “So, in both roles, we are very curious to hear Mr. Trump’s vision for national defense and how the National Guard fits into those plans.”
With this event following the 15th remembrance of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the lives on Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, national security is forefront in the mind of many Americans.
The National Guard is comprised of men and women that are citizen-soldiers in The Air National Guard and The Army National Guard (358,200) that include aviators, engineers, emergency first responders, truck drivers, mechanics, and legal professionals among other. The Army National Guard has completed over a half-million soldier mobilizations in support of domestic operations and overseas missions over the last 13 years, conducting a wide spectrum of civil-military missions for a fraction of the cost of the active component.
The Air National Guard (105,000), established in 1947, at the time the Air Force was created. The Air National guard is made up of well-trained, well-equipped airmen available for prompt mobilization during war and to provide assistance during national emergencies, such as natural disasters or civil disturbances.
Air Guardsmen support contingency operations across the world, including in Iraq and Syria, provide homeland defense through U.S. air space and aerospace control alert missions, assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection on our southwest border, and support America’s counter-drug program.
The annual NGAUS conference did invite both the Democratic or Republican candidates, as they have every year since 1992. The conference opened last Saturday and included speeches by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, the commander in chief of the Maryland National Guard; Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James; and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff.
Other speakers at the event include Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the new chief of the National Guard Bureau; Gen. David L. Goldfein, the new Air Force chief of staff; and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus. Sen Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Gen. Lori J. Robinson, the commanding general of U.S. Northern Command.
Information supplied by the National Guard Association of the United States