Governor Steve Bullock today announced that he has been reappointed to serve on the Council of Governors (Council) to provide input on matters regarding the National Guard, homeland defense, and defense support to civil authorities.
“It is an incredible honor to continue to serve with and support Montana’s National Guard,” said Governor Bullock. “As a state and a nation, we can never forget the sacrifices of the men and women in our armed forces. Through this opportunity, I can make sure our military leaders in Washington better understand the needs of our citizen soldiers serving Montanan and our nation in the National Guard.”
Governor Bullock was first appointed to the Council in 2015 and serves alongside a bipartisan group of ten governors. The Council was created by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2008. It was later established by Executive Order 13528 in January of 2011.
The Council has been a driving force on important matters for the National Guard, from Dual Status command authority, to future Army and Air Force sizing discussions, to organizational and operational decisions. Governor Bullock’s service comes at a critical time in shaping the future of Montana’s National Guard with the Department of Defense and the White House.
“Governor Bullock has been a vocal advocate, with his fellow council members, ensuring that full-time manning changes currently proposed by Congress do not degrade the ability of the National Guard to respond to state disasters nor lessen his authority as Commander in Chief of the Montana National Guard,” said Major General Matthew Quinn, Adjutant General of Montana. “These are critical discussions that will have significant impact on the future of the National Guard across the United States and his leadership at the state and national level is crucial to our continued success.”
In addition to the ten governors, the Council also includes:
- The Secretary of Defense;
- The Secretary of Homeland Security;
- The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism;
- The Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement;
- The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs;
- The U.S. Northern Command Commander;
- The Commandant of the Coast Guard; and
- The Chief of the National Guard Bureau.