Governor Dannel P. Malloy has been re-appointed by President Donald Trump to serve a two-year term as co-chair of the Council of Governors.
The Council of Governors is a bipartisan group of 10 governors responsible for addressing matters of national security, homeland defense, synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities in the United States, as well as matters of mutual interest pertaining to the National Guard.
“It is an honor to have been reappointed to serve as co-chair of the Council of Governors,” Governor Malloy said in a release. “I am extremely proud of the men and women who serve in the Connecticut Army and Air National Guard who risk their lives in support of our state and our nation.”
Since becoming Governor, Malloy has activated Guard forces several times to respond to and recover from domestic emergencies.
“I have attended the send-off of thousands of soldiers and airmen as they deploy in support of U.S. overseas operations,” he said. “The Council of Governors plays a critical role in coordinating state and federal policies and priorities with respect to homeland security and the National Guard. I take this responsibility very seriously and thank the President for his confidence.”
In addition to the ten governors who serve on the council, other federal participants include the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, presidential homeland security and counterterrorism advisors, the commander of U.S. Northern Command, the commandant of the Coast Guard, and the chief of the National Guard Bureau. The council was established by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 and implemented by President Barack Obama in Executive Order 13528.
Governor Malloy has served on the council since 2012 and as its co-chair since 2014.