Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been named to the 10-member Council of Governors, a group appointed by President Obama to review matters involving the National Guard and other military activities of interest to the states and the nation as a whole, the governor’s office announced Friday. He will serve for two years.
According to the White House:
The formation of the Council of Governors was required by the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act which stated, “The President shall establish a bipartisan Council of Governors to advise the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the White House Homeland Security Council on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions.”
Since taking office, Malloy has activated the National Guard five times, the governor’s office said, and has often attended the send-0ff of military units in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
Apart from the 10 governors, certain federal officials participate in the council, including the secretaries of defense and homeland security, the U.S. Northern Command commander, and the commandant of the Coast Guard.