Obama appoints Dayton to National Guard council

President Obama has appointed Gov. Mark Dayton to the Council of Governors, which advises the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security and the White House Homeland Security Council on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions.

Ten governors, five from each party, serve on the council, which met today at the Pentagon.

Dayton was already in Washington D.C. for national governors meetings.

As governor, Dayton is Commander in Chief of the Minnesota National Guard. He said in a statement:

“The men and women of the Minnesota National Guard serve selflessly on our behalf every day. We owe them our gratitude, and our very best efforts to support them in their mission.”

The other governors on the council are:

  • Dan Malloy, Connecticut (Co-Chair)
  • Terry Branstad, Iowa (Co-Chair)
  • Rick Snyder, Michigan
  • Jay Nixon, Missouri
  • Steve Bullock, Montana
  • Brian Sandoval, Nevada
  • Bill Haslam, Tennessee
  • Terry McAuliffe, Virginia
  • Matt Mead, Wyoming 

In addition, a host of federal officials serve on the council:

  • Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs
  • Commander, U.S. Northern Command
  • Chief, National Guard Bureau
  • Secretary of the Army
  • Secretary of the Air Force
  • Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Chief of Staff, Army
  • Chief of Staff, Air Force

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