President Chris Krueger opened the meeting asking Darl Andersen to offer the invocation and John Pennypacker to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  She thanked Jack Rosenberg for serving as official greeter welcoming members and guest to the meeting.
Jeanie Morgan introduced three members of the Mesa Rotary Club:  President-Elect, Tom Schildgen, Tom Rhodes, and Sally Harrison.  She also introduced Ebony Williams who had just arrived and who would be interviewed following the meeting for a grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.   John Pennypacker introduced Jake Tabretsky.  Lucinda General introduced Tina Garrity with Lakeshore Associates, Inc.  Melody Jackson introduced Jerry Watson with Help People Win.  Aubrey Luma introduced her children and her father.  Tom Bradford introduced his father, Tom Bradford, Sr.  Jim Allison, a visiting Rotary from Casper Wyoming was introduced.  Don LaBarge introduced General Mick McGuire and Major Candace Park with the Arizona National Guard.  Penny May asked everyone to welcome our honorary member, Rod Daniels.  Erwin and Joan Reiman, currently Rotarians from Rapid City, South Dakota, but soon to be members of Mesa West were introduced.
Tim Troy won the attendance drawing.  Chuck Flint announced that the holder of the ticket drawn for the weekly raffle would receive $35, and if they were to draw the ace of clubs from the cards remaining in the deck, they would also receive $733.  Jim McGown was the lucky ticket holder, but was not lucky enough to take home the accumulating pot, as the card he drew was the seven of diamonds.  
Happy Bucks
Dick Myren was happy to be at the meeting and happier to have Rod attending.  Penny May was also happy Rod was in attendance. Ryan Ellis was happy that the YMCA annual campaign has a fundraising goal of $68,000.  They are already at $60,000.  The funds are used to help those who need help paying to participate in their programs so no one is left behind.  To give to the campaign directly, CLICK HERE.  Jim McGown was also happy Rod was at the meeting.  Tim Troy paid $10, happy about a recent getaway he and his wife enjoyed at Castle Hot Springs near Lake Pleasant.  Jack Rosenberg echoed the happy to have Rod at the meeting theme.  Don LaBarge was happy our speaker accepted his invitation to speak to Mesa West Rotary.  John Pennypacker said it is birthday season in his family with two in March on the 3rd and 29th, followed by birthdays on April 3, 7, 9, 10 and 30.  Dr. Ron Thompson who was collecting happy bucks donated for a recent trip through southeast Asia with Toni.  He was also happy spring training has ended for 2019 and traffic will get back to normal.  Pam Cohen was happy to see her daughter and son-in-law recently when her daughter had to be in the area for oral surgery.  Darl was happy to be sitting with two of his favorite fellow Rotarians - Chuck and Pam.  Greg Okanowski fined himself for being late.  He committed to a $10 fine since he had no cash on him.
Ron Thompson had a bag full of items they brought back from southeast Asia to auction.  Jim Schmidt started the bidding at $50.  Melody Jackson was the lucky recipient of the bag when no-one topped her $80 bid.
New Member Induction
Chuck Flint invited Tom Bradford to be officially induced into Mesa West Rotary and his father, Tom Bradford Sr., to participate in the induction.  Tom, a former member of the Kyrene Rotary Club, was given a certificate of membership, the Object of Rotary and a Rotary Pin.  Tom said his career has been in information technology.  He said he learned a lot from his father and also has education in business.  He has worked for a property and casualty insurance company with over 30 years in the industry.
Lucinda General introduced our speaker, but did not read the two pages of achievements so that he would have more time to make his presentation.

Major General Michael T. McGuire is The Adjutant General, Arizona and concurrently serves as the Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of Arizona’s Army and Air National Guard, Joint Programs, and the Division of Emergency Management. He leads an 8,000-member department, of which 2,400 are full-time federal military and civilian personnel and 600 are full-time state employees.

General McGuire received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987. He attended undergraduate pilot training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, followed by several operational, combat and training assignments in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He joined the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson International Airport in 2001 as an F-16 instructor pilot 2010, commanded the 214th Reconnaissance Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, where he flew the MQ-1B Predator and led the unit in combat operations in support of overseas contingencies. Prior to assuming his current duties, he served as Commander, 162nd Fighter Wing. General McGuire is a Fighter Weapons School Graduate and a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, and 250 combat and combat-support flying hours.

Under his command are 8,000 individuals, 2400 of which are full time active military and civilian employees.  His first encounter with Rotary was when he attended his father's Rotary Club who was pleased to pay happy bucks and announce Mick had been accepted into the Air Force Academy.  

Adjutant general is the second oldest military position in the United States, dating back to 1634.  Every state has a governor and an adjutant general.  The guard is the greatest reserve as it is connected to community.  Arizona is a great community to serve - it is alive with economic development because it is a place where people are coming.

He has 750 deployed to the border doing title 32 work to repair/replace infrastructure needed to protect the border, allowing Border Patrol agents to do their job.  Even though the guard is state controlled, only 5% of their funding comes from the state.  The Federal Government supplies the balance of 95% of their funding.  He believes a fence would save lives.  He knows that cartels will find ways to tunnel under or catapult drugs over a barrier, but those involved in human trafficking are not likely to catapult a child over a fence.  He reported a staggering number of human remains currently found each year in the desert near unprotected sections of the border.

He also has 750 actively deployed to Afghanistan.  The US Army has no direct control over the National Guard unless mobilized.  When asked about the South China Sea, he responded that their Federal Counterpart - National Defense and FEMA were involved there.

He said the high school ROTC programs are an excellent source of recruits.  He also said that in the United States, an internal problem exists where recruiting for an all-volunteer Army is getting more challenging.  He said it is increasingly difficult to recruit from the 18-24 year-old demographic.

Gen. McGuire said when he entered the Air Force Academy in 1983, it was the seventh class with women cadets.  None of them were pilots.  He graduated in 1987.  As a fighter pilot, he knew a lot of great pilots - not differentiated as male or female - just great pilots.

To serve requires two things of those who serve under his command - tell the truth and deliver their best effort.  He also said that not all swamp creatures look the same.  He said this is as true in Washington, D.C. as it is in an actual swamp.  While the state contributes 5% of the budget that supports his command, that is not a large percentage of the state's budget so does not get a lot of lobbying attention.  In Washington, military spending is closer to 50% of the annual budget and this keeps the swamp creatures busy.