Maj Gen Gary Sayler is the President of the Idaho Defense Alliance. Maj Gen Sayler began his military career commissioning in the United States Air Force upon graduation from North Dakota State University. He served more than five years on active duty including service in Vietnam. Upon leaving active duty he joined the Idaho Air National Guard. Throughout his career Maj Gen Sayler served in numerous positions of command, including Operations Group Commander, Wing Commander, Assistant Adjutant General- Air, Joint Task Force Commander, and was appointed by the Governor as The Adjutant General, Idaho in 2010. Throughout his career General Sayler accumulated over 4100 combat and non-combat flying hours in the F-4 and C-130 aircraft. While serving as the Adjutant General, Maj Gen Sayler was the Governor’s senior military advisor, responsible for the command and administration of the Idaho Army and Air National Guard. Additionally, he was the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, oversaw the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and was a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Maj Gen Sayler was responsible for starting the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy and championing the State Partnership Program with Cambodia. General Sayler retired in October 2016. In addition to the Idaho Defense Alliance, Maj Gen Sayler serves as a Boise Airport Commissioner and is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
John Revier currently serves as the Director of State and Regional Government Affairs for Idaho National Laboratory. Prior to his work with INL, John served for over 14 years as the Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and for six years as an advisor to Minnesota Senator Rod Grams. John is married to Jani Revier, Idaho Governor Brad Little’s Director of the Idaho Department of Labor. John and Jani have twin 12 year-old children and reside in Meridian, Idaho.
Marv Hagedorn is the Chief Administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. He is a retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer who served from 1974 to 1994 and specialized in Navy intelligence and cryptology. After retiring from the military, he was a senior manager for a semiconductor manufacturing company and founded and ran the Hagedorn Group, an agriculture startup company. In 2010, Marv co-founded the Wyakin Foundation which is a nationally recognized transition program for wounded and disabled veterans. He is also a member of the VFW and the American Legion as well as a life member of the DAV. Marv Hagedorn spent over 12 years serving Idaho citizens and veterans while representing Ada County's District 14 in the Senate for almost 6 years, as well as, serving three 2-year terms in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2007-2012. Marv grew up outside Potlach, Idaho. His 2 children, John and Kristin, followed in his footsteps and are both serving in Naval Intelligence.
Bryan Ricker was most recently the Vice President, Community Development Manager at Zions Bank, where Bryan worked on community outreach, including military and government relations. Bryan was with Zions Bank from April 2017 – January 2020. Prior to joining Zions Bank Bryan worked as the Regional Director for U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) for over 8 years where he focused on collaboration, military, and working with communities to resolve issues on the federal level. Bryan works collaboratively with military, local, state, and federal government leaders to support and strengthen our communities. He is currently on the boards of the Idaho Defense Alliance, the Mountain Home Military Affairs Committee and Boiler Room Chats. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife Jen and 4 children; Declan, Norah, Ezra and Hayes. He enjoys spending time traveling with his family, playing with his kids, watching sports and being outside. Bryan has a degree in Political Science, International Relations from Boise State University.
Brigadier General Richard Turner is a retired member of the Idaho National Guard. General Turner served as the Assistant Adjutant General and Commander from August 2013 to April 2014 and has over 41 years of combined military service. In his role as Commander of the Idaho Air National Guard, General Turner was responsible for coordinating policies, plans, and programs for service members and civilians holding positions in the Idaho Air National Guard. Before taking this position, he was the Director of the Joint Staff, Idaho National Guard, Joint Forces Headquarters, Boise, Idaho. At the national level, General Turner served as the Enduring Partnerships Priority Chair for the Air National Guard's Strategic Planning System Steering Committee, He also served on the Joint Diversity Executive Council as the Northwest Region Chair. In his civilian capacity, he performed as the Legislative Liaison for the Idaho Military Division.
General Turner was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in February 1986 and held Air Force specialty qualifications in Supply-Fuels, Aircraft Maintenance, Munitions Maintenance and Mission Support. He held progressively more responsible financial, supervisory and policy-making positions at the flight, squadron and wing levels. Prior to his selection for commissioning, he served as a non-commissioned officer, as a military technician and drill-status guardsman in the Idaho Air National Guard. General Turner received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Boise State University. He is also a graduate of programs through the Air War College, United States Northern Command, Joint Task Force Commander Training Course, and the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii. Since his retirement you can find him camping, fishing, skiing, hiking, gardening and golfing. He currently is on the board for the Idaho Youth Challenge Foundation, Idaho Support Our Troops, 208 Cares and the Idaho Guard and Reserve Family Support Fund. He is also affiliated with the National Guard Association of the United States and Mission Readiness, Council for a Strong America.
Tom is currently retired. Over the past 50 years, he served in various capacities with the Ernst & Young and its predecessors, in the areas of audit, tax and management consulting at its offices in Chicago, Boise and Anchorage. He retired as Managing Partner of the Anchorage office in 1993. He served as President and Director of Alscott, Inc. and The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation from 1993 until retirement in 2012. He also served as an officer in The United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard from 1966 to retirement in 1989 as a Lt. Col. He has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota and continuing education executive programs at Wharton and University of Southern California. His CPA license remains active in Idaho. His current Director positions include The Boise Rescue Mission Board, The Idaho Education Foundation Investment Board and The Idaho Defense Alliance Board.
Bruce Wright served in the U.S Army and Army National Guard from 1969 through 1977. Bruce worked as an electrical lineman for 20 years. He was then promoted to District Operations Manager and General Business Manager for Pacific Corp. He continued in those roles for another 20 years. During his tenure as a lineman in Cody, Wyoming, he also worked as a big game guide for 9 years. Upon moving to Idaho in 2000, Bruce was employed by Anderson and Wood Construction, in Meridian, as Director of Business Development where he managed client accounts in the western half of the United States until his retirement in 2017. Bruce served as the Idaho Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Area 3 (Nampa, Caldwell) Chairman from 2008 to 2011. On September 2011, he was appointed Idaho State Chairman for ESGR and served two three-year terms. Bruce has also served as a board member for multiple organizations.