The Sun Lakes Republican Club will feature special guest speaker Jonathan T. Gilliam, author of Sheep No More: The Art of Awareness and Attack Survival, at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club, at 25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd., in Sun Lakes. We will also feature two of the U.S. Senate candidates, General Mick McGuire and former AZ State Representative and Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson. The public is invited! Please bring your neighbors and friends! Our mission is “education for an informed electorate.”
Jonathan Gilliam is a former U.S. Navy Seal, Federal Air Marshal, Security Contractor, and FBI Special Agent. He began his career in service as a police officer before receiving his commission in the United States Navy at Officer Candidate School (OCS). He then attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training and U.S. Army Ranger School and was forward deployed as Officer in Charge (OIC) in Central and South America as a Navy Seal Officer on Counter Drug/Narcotics missions.
In 2002 Gilliam stepped out of military service and into an undercover role as a Federal Air Marshal flying on U.S. transcontinental flights, including flights that were being targeted on Sept. 11, 2012. After serving our nation in the air, Gilliam operated as a Security Specialist for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for performing threat assessments and instructing soft target sectors how they could target themselves from an attacker’s perspective in order to build awareness for action and better defenses for reaction to attacks.
From 2005 to 2013, Gilliam served as FBI Special Agent in the New York Office on criminal and counterterrorism squads. Gilliam conducted thousands of hours of surveillance, served as co-case and case agent, led arrest teams, and functioned as the Special Events Management Unit (SEMU) Coordinator, where he developed threat assessments on targets in the New York area. As the FBI Rapid Deployment Team Coordinator, Gilliam outfitted and assisted in coordinating the deployment of agents to Benghazi to investigate the crime scene in Libya following the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods.
Currently, Gilliam is the Chief Marketing Officer of ConnectZing Media, a partner at Campaign Strategy and Consulting, and a network news contributor. He has made over 1000 appearances on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Newsmax, OANN, BBC, and other global and local news networks. Gilliam is also on Sirius XM where he hosts his own podcast, The EXPERTS, which is consistently ranked in the top 50 news commentary podcasts on iTunes.
You will also meet our 2022 Arizona State Representative candidates for our district and other candidates running for key offices. Please join us for what promises to be an insightful meeting! For more information, visit our website www.slgop.org or contact Mike Tennant at 262-880-4620.