Presidential candidate Bill Clinton may be in Salt Lake City for a National Guard conference that begins Friday.
Both he and President Bush have been invited to the 114th conference of the National Guard Association of the United States that is scheduled to run through Sept. 15.Bush's visit to Salt Lake City and Provo in July makes it less likely he will make a second campaign stop in Utah. Clinton's campaign headquarters told the Deseret News Friday the Arkansas governor's campaign schedule has not been set far enough in advance to say whether he plans a Utah visit. "All I can tell you is that he will be in Connecticut on Tuesday," a scheduling aide said.
An exhaustive lineup of the military's top brass will also take part in the conference: Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gordon Sullivan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Merrill McPeak, U.S. Southern Command Commander-in-Chief Gen. George A. Joulwan, U.S. Forces Command Commander-in-Chief Gen. Edward H. Burba, National Guard Bureau Chief Lt. Gen. John B. Conaway, Army National Guard director Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees and Air National Guard director Maj. Gen. Philip G. Killey.
Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, will attend and receive the organization's Harry S. Truman Award after speaking Sunday. Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Manpower and Personnel Subcommittee, is scheduled to speak Monday, Sept. 14.
The conference's first business session is scheduled for Sunday morning at the Tabernacle on Temple Square, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and 23rd Army Band performing for the group following the choir's weekly CBS radio broadcast.
Delegates will also hear reports on the Guard's involvement in the Los Angeles riots, as well as hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Louisiana.
A panel of National Guard commanders will also speak on their units' participation in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
More than 150 defense contractors and military organizations will display their wares in the Salt Palace exhibition halls, which will be open to the public Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. The display is billed as the largest military hardware display in the country this year.
About 4,000 delegates from the 58,000-member military lobbying organization are expected to attend. Gen. John L. Matthews, Utah adjutant general, is a candidate for the organization's presidency.