National Guard Bureau
Guard District Council
Holds Meeting, Welcomes
Colonel Thomas Languirand
Incoming Chief of Technician Personnel at
National Guard Bureau
Colonel Thomas Languirand, Chief of Technician Personnel at NGB
(front row, forth from left), poses with the
NGDC and with other LIUNA National Guard Local Members that
attended the March 2011 meeting.
Washington, DC (March 31, 2011) -
The National Guard District Council of LIUNA convened for the second
time as they dealt with several issues that have national implications.
The meeting was hosted at LIUNA Headquarters, just one block north of the
White House. Council President, Mr. Jade Cowley, called the meeting to
order at 8:13am.
Among the guests present were Mr. Robert Purcell, Director of LIUNA's
Public Employee Department (PED), Mr. William Keeton, Assistant Director
for PED, Ms. Danielle LeClair, Federal Sector Coordinator for PED,
Carmen R. Parcelli and Elizabeth A. Roma from the LIUNA Elections
Colonel Thomas Languirand, the new Chief of Technician Personnel
(TN) of the National Guard Bureau (NGB).
The meeting was a huge success. Council members considered different
items of interest and set the agenda for the rest of the year. Several
motions dealing with contractual language, constitutional compliance, and
Council meetings frequency and budget were offered and passed.
Presentations were also done by Ms. LeClair on legislative efforts, and
by Mr. Keeton on organizing efforts at the Local Union level. Mr.
Purcell also presented the Official LIUNA District Council Charter to
the NGDC. The unofficial meeting minutes will be made available no later
than 30 April 2011.
Col. Languirand's visit was especially significant because of his role,
and because of the direct impact that the decisions made by his office
have on the entire National Guard technician workforce. Those present at
the meeting were among the first few to speak to Col. Languirand in his
new role as the Chief of NGB-TN. Col. Languirand spent over 1 hour with
the NGDC. He introduced himself, made a brief statement, and then opened
the floor for questions. The general feeling of those present was that
he's a very approachable person, and that he is someone that will work
with us during his tenure as Chief.
The NGDC Meeting followed a very successful week during which National
Guard members visited Capitol Hill.
To view pictures of our members during Lobby Week go to the Resources
Page (under Quick Links in menu bar).