This morning, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard delivered remarks at the 2016 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Conference in Baltimore, MD.
More than 3,000 National Guardsmen from every U.S. State, three territories and the District of Columbia attended the 3-day conference, including members of the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard and the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard.
In her speech, the congresswoman discussed the need to preserve the founding mission of the National Guard as the frontline force in domestic emergency response, shared how her more than 13 years of service in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard influences her work on the House Armed Services Committee and in Congress, and more.
She also paid tribute to U.S. Congressman Mark Takai, who addressed the NGAUS Conference in 2015 and served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 17 years.
NGAUS is the nation’s oldest military association working solely for the benefit of the National Guard of the United States and educating the public about the Guard’s role and history in the Armed Forces of the United States. NGAUS represents more than 470,000 men and women currently serving in the Army and Air National Guard, as well as their families, employers and all Guard retirees.