Homeland Security Program

Guy Swan III

Lt. Gen. Guy Swan Vice President for Education at AUSA
 Former Commanding General, US Army North/Fifth Army

 Aspen Homeland Security Group


Lieutenant General Guy Swan, US Army, Retired, is the Vice President for Education at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and the Executive Director of the Institute of Land Warfare in Arlington, VA. AUSA is a private, professional, non-profit educational organization that advocates for and supports the United States Army and its Soldiers.

At AUSA, General Swan is responsible for the overall outreach, messaging strategy, and operations of the Association’s education mission as a professional association. He directs the Association’s educational arm, the Institute of Land Warfare, and oversees AUSA’s congressional affairs program, military family advocacy programs, publications, AUSA-sponsored Army-Industry Symposia.

General Swan is a 1976 West Point graduate and holds a Masters Degree from Georgetown University in national security affairs and a Masters Degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) in strategic operations. He was also a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

During his 35 year military career, General Swan commanded units at every level including three commands as a general officer and is a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War and the Iraq War (2008-09).

He completed his military service as the Commanding General of US Army North (Fifth Army) and Fort Sam Houston, Texas with regional responsibility in North America for homeland defense, military support to civil agencies during emergencies or natural catastrophes, and strengthening partnerships with the armies of Mexico and Canada. He managed the command’s $100 million dollar annual operating budget and led a staff of 650 professionals. As the senior commander at Fort Sam Houston he partnered with San Antonio city leaders, contractors, and Army officials to oversee management of $2.9 billion dollars of base realignment construction.

As the Commanding General of the Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region and US Army Military District of Washington (JFHQ-NCR/MDW) he provided military support to agencies and officials in the greater Washington, DC area. During his command tour General Swan successfully changed the organization’s culture from a purely ceremonial focus to an operational focus, led a command staff of 300, and managed an annual budget of $75 million dollars. He is credited with establishing long-lasting relationships within the greater Washington, DC community with elected officials, business and other private sector leaders, public safety and law enforcement officials, and National Guard leaders in Maryland, Virginia, and DC.

During his tour of duty in Washington, General Swan also led the 3,000-strong military task force that executed the State Funeral for President Gerald R. Ford and had the great privilege of serving as Mrs. Betty Ford’s personal escort.

General Swan has also had extensive experience on Capitol Hill where he served an extended three-year assignment as the US Army’s Chief of Congressional Liaison. He was the Army’s point man for formulating the Army’s interaction with the Congress which resulted in the Army surpassing a $100 billion annual budget for the first time while at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was the Director of Operations at the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), “America’s homeland defense command,” overseeing land, maritime, and air Homeland Defense operations in the US, Canada, and Mexico. In this capacity, General Swan coordinated and directed federal military support to local, state, tribal, and other federal agencies during hurricane season, and the devastating California wildfires and the tragic Interstate 35 highway bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

Internationally, General Swan has worked with the US Ambassador to Mexico, senior US military officials, and Mexican military leaders in combatting Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO). In Iraq, he oversaw the work of over 40 private security companies providing contract services to the US Government and worked closely with Iraqi government officials to transfer security responsibility for Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone from US to Iraqi control. General Swan led a diverse team of 1,863 US and international military and civilian personnel during the initial planning for the US drawdown in Iraq.

General Swan is a frequent public speaker on support to military servicemembers and their families, other defense and security issues, interagency cooperation and collaboration, strategic leadership, and the value of public-private partnerships.

Throughout his military career and subsequent civilian career General Swan has been recognized as an expert in the areas of congressional and government affairs, policy planning, and advocacy.

General Swan is active on the board of the advisory boards of ATSC Inc. and Guardian Centers, Inc. He also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, FEMA’s National Advisory Council, and the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group. General Swan holds numerous military awards including three Distinguished Service Medals, three Defense Superior Service Medals, two Legions of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. He has been awarded the Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, and is a holder of the prestigious U.S. Army Armor Association’s Order of St. George.

General Swan is married to the former Melanie Taylor Curry of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Melanie has supported military families and spouses for decades, serves as a USO volunteer, and is an avid tennis player. Their son, Ryan, is a cadet at West Point, and daughter, Melissa, is a James Madison University student.