Homeland Security Program

Guy Swan III

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

 Program:
 Aspen Homeland Security Group

Biography

General Swan 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 supports the United States Army – Active, National Guard, Army Reserve, Army Civilians, concerned citizens, Veterans, Retirees, Wounded Warriors, and family members. 

General Swan is a recognized expert in the areas of homeland security, emergency management, disaster response, and congressional and government affairs.

A frequent speaker on interagency cooperation and collaboration, border security, military affairs, strategic leadership, public-private partnerships in security, and emergency management, General Swan has been a keynote speaker for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), ASIS International’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) Roundtable, the Energy Security Council, St. Mary’s University’s (TX) Center for Terrorism Law, at the National UASI Homeland Security Conference, the Aspen Security Forum, the Interagency Urban Search & Rescue Forum hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the North Carolina Police Executives Association.

General Swan has been featured in Security Management Magazine, Homeland Security Magazine, and Army Magazine.  

As a practitioner, General Swan is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), board certified in security and risk management and has worked closely with senior officials in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on border security and disaster response issues and during federal response operations and National Level Exercises (NLE). 

Internationally, General Swan has worked with the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, senior U.S. military officials, and Mexican military leaders to build capacity in Mexico’s security forces in the fight against Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO). In Iraq, he oversaw the work of over 40 private security companies providing contract security services to the US Government and managed the transfer of security responsibility for Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone from U.S. to Iraqi control. General Swan led a staff of 1,863 U.S. and international military and civilian personnel and coordinated the initial planning efforts for the U.S. military drawdown in Iraq.

General Swan graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds Masters Degrees from Georgetown University in national security affairs and 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). 

General Swan completed his military service as the Commanding General of U.S. 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 directed military support operations for the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill and Hurricane Irene. General Swan 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.

General Swan also served as the Commanding General, Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region and US Army Military District of Washington (JFHQ-NCR/MDW) where he provided military support to federal, state, and local law enforcement and disaster response agencies in the greater Washington, DC area. During his command tour General Swan successfully changed the organizational culture from a ceremonial focus to an operational focus, led a command staff of 300, and managed an annual budget of $75 million dollars.

General Swan led the 2,000-strong military task force that supported 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 U.S. 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 (J-3) at the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), “America’s homeland defense command,” where he oversaw land, maritime, and air Homeland Defense operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In this capacity, General Swan coordinated and directed federal military support to local, state, tribal, and other federal agencies during the 2007 hurricane season, and the devastating California wildfires and the tragic Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis that year.

General Swan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, FEMA’s National Advisory Council, the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, and is the President of the West Point Society of the District of Columbia. He is active on the boards of Clear Path Technologies, Inc. and Guardian Centers, Inc., and the Army Distaff Foundation. He is a Life Member of the West Point Association of Graduates, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).    

General Swan holds numerous military awards including three Distinguished Service Medals, three Defense Superior Service Medals, two Legions of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Korean Defense Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He is also 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. They have two children:  Ryan, a cadet at West Point, and Melissa, who is a high school student-athlete.