Mitt Romney to Address Guard Association Conference

Sep 07, 2012, 09:56 ET from National Guard Association of the U.S.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president, will address nearly 4,000 Guard officers and their guests on Sept. 11 at 11:15 a.m. during the 134th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference and Exhibition in Reno, Nev.  

"We are delighted and honored that Governor Romney accepted our invitation to speak to our conference, especially on what is a sacred day in our nation's history," said retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president.

"He should feel right at home with us. As a former commander in chief of the Massachusetts National Guard, he certainly knows the caliber of our people, their cost-effectiveness and the unique dual state/federal mission they perform every day.

"But Governor Romney's visit isn't just about celebrating the Guard's many contributions over the last 11 years," Hargett added. "It's also about the future, and we will be listening very closely to glean his vision for the U.S. military and how the Guard fits into those plans."

Romney's appearance will make it six consecutive election years that the Republican nominee for president has addressed the Guard community at the NGAUS conference.

Democratic presidential nominees spoke in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. Then-Sen. Joseph Biden addressed the event conference in 2008. 

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Reporters, Editors & Producers: All conference business will be held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. A press office will be established in the facility tomorrow. Office contact information will be provided in a subsequent release.  

About NGAUS: The association includes nearly 45,000 current or former Guard officers. It was created in 1878 to provide unified 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 needs. Today, 134 years later, the militia is known as the National Guard, but NGAUS has the same mission.

SOURCE National Guard Association of the U.S.