General Guy 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 advocates for and supports the United States Army and its Soldiers – Regular Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve – as well as Army Civilians, Veterans, Retirees, Wounded Warriors, family members, and concerned citizens.
At AUSA, General Swan is responsible for the overall outreach, messaging strategy, and operations of the Association’s education mission as a 501(c)(3) 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 respected practitioner and frequent public speaker on homeland defense and homeland security issues, military support to civil agencies, other defense and security issues, interagency cooperation, and collaboration, strategic leadership, and the value of public-private partnerships.
General Swan is also an active member of FEMA’s National Advisory Council, the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, and the Council of Foreign Relations and throughout his military career and subsequent civilian career he has been recognized as an expert in the areas of policy planning, congressional and government affairs, and advocacy.
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.
He completed his military service as the 3-star 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 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 2-star Commanding General of the Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region and U.S. 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 thatconducted 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 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, the devastating California wildfires, the tragic Interstate 35 highway bridge collapse in Minneapolis, and numerous National Special Security Events (NSSE).
Internationally, General Swan has worked with the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, senior U.S. 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 U.S. Government and worked with Iraqi government officials to transfer security responsibility for Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone from U.S. 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 U.S. drawdown in Iraq.
General Swan is a 1976 West Point graduate and holds a Master’s Degree from Georgetown University in national security affairs and a Master’s 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.
General Swan has received 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.
As immediate past President of the West Point Society of the District of Columbia and Life Member of the West Point Association of Graduates (AOG), General Swan assisted the AOG’s highly successful $350 million-dollar fundraising campaign effort.
General Swan is a Life Member and former board member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). He is also a Life Member of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the National Defense Industrial Association, and the National Association of Corporate Directors where he completed NACD’s Battlefield to Boardroom corporate director training program. He also serves on the advisory boards for several companies focused on defense, security, and cybersecurity.
General Swan is married to the former Melanie Taylor Curry of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Melanie has supported military families and spouses for decades as a USO volunteer and is a small businesswoman and avid tennis player. Their son, Ryan, is a West Point graduate and U.S. Army lieutenant and daughter, Melissa, is a student at James Madison University.