Secretary Ridge Speaks to the National Guard

March 4, 2009

Speaking at a forum hosted by the National Guard Bureau and its military comptroller chapter, Secretary Tom Ridge today addressed approximately 900 members of the Guard’s financial management community on how to do more with less in today’s challenging financial times and uncertain security environment.

The former Vietnam combat veteran, congressman, governor and first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security discussed the impact of the financial crisis on the National Guard and the opportunity and need to be more strategic and creative with funding.

Said Ridge: “In this economy, now’s the time to bring creativity to bear and find innovative ways to make efficient use of funding without compromising the good work you do.”

Secretary Ridge, now CEO of Ridge Global, also addressed the top homeland defense/security challenges facing the United States over the next 5 to 10 years and how the Guard can best pre-position itself to respond.

“Chem/bio, nuclear/WMD are what we worry about most, but we also have seen the great need and benefit of the Guard during catastrophic natural disasters,” said Ridge, following the event. “The Guard’s training and skills in all of those areas are why we count on them and call upon them in times of crisis.” Ridge received a standing ovation from the crowd of Guardsmen at the conclusion of his remarks.

Contact: Michele Nix +1-202-833-2008