The president of the Association of the United States Army, Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., has announced the appointment of Lt. Gen. Guy Swan III, USA, Ret., as the Association’s vice president for education effective Dec. 10.
Swan, who served more than 35 years in the Army and retired last year as the commanding general, U.S. Army North and Fifth Army, will lead AUSA’s educational mission by overseeing the Institute of Land Warfare, ARMY Magazine, and AUSA NEWS.
He will also interact with the Association’s legislative staff in its outreach efforts to members of Congress, their staffs, the media, local and national leaders and the American public.
Swan will coordinate AUSA’s roll in fostering professional development that is an integral part of the Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, symposia, forums and lecture series.
"Guy Swan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to AUSA. He has served his country, the Army and the profession of arms in peace and war in a variety of key positions, and we are pleased and honored to welcome him into AUSA’s leadership ranks," Sullivan said.
Swan said, "The Army and AUSA have been very good to me and my family during my career. The work that AUSA does on behalf of the institution, the soldier and their families will allow me to continue to use my skills and experience to assist AUSA in continuing its important mission in supporting our Army, our soldiers and family members."
Swan succeeds Lt. Gen. Ted Stroup, USA, Ret., who retired from AUSA on Dec. 31 after 16 years of dedicated service.
"Ted Stroup has been a remarkable, trusted and valued colleague during his years as an AUSA vice president," Sullivan said.
Adding, "He will remain a part of the AUSA family as a Senior Fellow and I look forward to working with him in that capacity in the years to come."
A 1976 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Swan, who was commissioned a second lieutenant of armor, holds a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the United States Army’s School of Advanced Military Studies.
He also holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He has commanded at every level through Army Service Component Command to include commanding general, United States Army Military District of Washington and commander, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region; commanding general, 7th Army Training Command, United States Army Europe/Seventh Army; chief of staff and director of operations, Multi-National Force-Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom; director of operations, United States Northern Command; and chief of Army Legislative Liaison.
Swan’s other key assignments included commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; assistant deputy director for strategy and policy for the Joint Staff; and deputy operations officer, 1st Armored Division during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), board-certified in security management.
Swan is married to the former Melanie Taylor Curry of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They have two children: Ryan, a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Melissa, who is a high school student-athlete.