Governor Steve Bullock today announced that he has been reappointed to his third term of service on the Council of Governors. The bipartisan Council provides input on matters regarding the National Guard, homeland defense, and defense support to civil authorities.
“It is an incredible honor to continue my role in making sure military leaders in Washington give support to our citizen soldiers serving Montana and our nation,” said Governor Bullock. “We expect a great deal of the men and women in our National Guard and their families, and it’s our responsibility as governors to insist on decisions in their best interests that honor the sacrifices made to ensure our nation is secure. Through this opportunity, I am committed to fulfilling our American promises to those who serve.”
Governor Bullock was first appointed to the Council in 2015 by President Obama and has since been reappointed twice by President Trump in 2017 and 2019. Bullock serves alongside a bipartisan group of ten governors, eight of whom are new appointees, and is the longest serving member on the Council.
“For the last four years Governor Bullock has been a vocal advocate, along with his fellow council members, of the National Guard and our ability to respond to state disasters and federal missions,” said Major General Matthew Quinn, Adjutant General of Montana. “His leadership and his championing of the needs of our guardsmen and women is crucial to our continued success and to the future of the National Guard across the United States.”
The Council has been a driving force on important matters for the National Guard, from organizational and operational decisions, to cybersecurity, to disaster response and recovery. As the Commander in Chief of the Montana National Guard, Governor Bullock represents the interests of Montana National Guard members and their families on the Council.
The Council was created by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2008. It was later established by Executive Order 13528 in January of 2011.
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.