Donald Trump to Address National Guard Officers

WASHINGTON (Sept. 9, 2016) — Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for president, will address National Guard officers from across the country Monday at the 138th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition.

The speech is set for 1 p.m. Monday at the Baltimore Convention Center.

“We are participants in democracy as well as defenders of democracy,” said retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president. “So, in both roles, we are very curious to hear Mr. Trump’s vision for national defense and how the National Guard fits into those plans.”

The annual NGAUS conference has become a regular stop on the campaign trail for presidential candidates. The event has hosted at least one of the Democratic or Republican candidates every year since 1992.

This year, the association invited both Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Business sessions open Saturday with speeches by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, the commander in chief of the Maryland National Guard; Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James; and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff.  

Speakers the next two days include Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the new chief of the National Guard Bureau; Gen. David L. Goldfein, the new Air Force chief of staff; and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus. Sen Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Gen. Lori J. Robinson, the commanding general of U.S. Northern Command.  

The conference is the annual NGAUS business meeting. Conference delegates from all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia will set the foundation for their 2017 legislative agenda and elect members to their board of directors.

Also included in the event is a large trade show featuring 300 companies and organizations that market products and services to the Guard.    

More conference information, the full business agenda and a complete list of exhibitors are available at


Reporters: All major conference events will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the city’s Inner Harbor area. Conference press credentials may be requested by emailing
About NGAUS: The association was created in 1878 to provide unified Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by educating Congress on militia requirements. Today, 138 years later with nearly 45,000 members nationwide, NGAUS has the same mission.