LTG Timothy Kadavy
Director, Army National Guard
Lt Gen Stanley E. Clarke III
Director, Air National Guard
Association Industry Partners Meet at NGAUS
(December 8, 2015) It was a bustling morning today at the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C., with more than 200 corporate partners at NGAUS headquarters for the association's 19th annual Industry Day.
Attendees mingled for breakfast amid the building's holiday decorations, greeting each other before the day's program kicked off. Kathleen Cyphert, the NGAUS industry liaison, welcomed everyone and explained the day's agenda, which includes remarks from National Guard Bureau leaders, a member of Congress and the NGAUS legislative team.
Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, and retired Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, the NGAUS chairwoman, gave introductory comments. They were followed by Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, the director of the Army National Guard.
Kadavy said he welcomed the chance to talk to industry partners. A dialogue between the National Guard Bureau and industry is important because the bureau hears what industry can provide while outlining Guard requirements to industry folks. He called their support of Guardsmen "critical."
The Army Guard is able to "go anywhere and fight and win because of our industry partners," he said. Kadavy also outlined his five priorities, which include the need to be resourced and modern. The Army Guard chief also took about an hour after his remarks to take questions during a coffee break.
Cyphert says this year's Industry Day programming is some of the most varied in the event's nearly two decades, reflecting changes in the defense industry.
"The defense industry is changing and it's not just big programs, but the National Guard is really focusing on small business," she says. She hopes that each person leaves the event "with a nugget of something."