OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has been appointed by President Obama to serve on a newly created Council of Governors.

Obama Thursday named Henry and nine other governors to serve on the panel created last month by executive order. The governors will work with national defense and security advisers on matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and integrating state and federal military activities.

Obama said in a statement that the goal is to ensure cooperation between federal and state officials on national preparedness and homeland defense.

Henry praised the opportunity for states to have direct input on such matters.

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