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On the eve of today’s 11th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the chief of staff of the Army paid tribute to the role of the National Guard in the immediate aftermath and in the years since.
Massive budget cuts that are due to take effect in January if Congress can’t reach a deficit-reduction deal could affect not only the active-duty military but also the National Guard, experts said Tuesday. At a discussion at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Paul McHale, former assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, and retired Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, former deputy chief of U.S. Northern Command, said the across-the-board budget cuts would jeopardize the Guard’s domestic readiness and are an “irresponsible approach” to U.S. national security.
Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, a 36-year veteran, will be the twentieth Air Force chief of staff, according to a Senate confirmation vote Aug. 2. Welsh provided testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee July 19, before the full Senate voted on his confirmation. Now the president must appoint the general before he can assume his new position.
When the Department of Defense began to anticipate the end of the Vietnam War and with it the draft, it established an agency to oversee a relationship that would be critical to our nation’s ability to maintain an all-volunteer military. For the past40years, that agency— Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) — has labored to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees in the National Guard and Reserve. The last decade of continuous combat and historic natural disasters has tested our reliance on Guard and...
As the wildfire in Colorado shows, readiness and flexibility are sometimes needed at home as much as abroad. Cutting more C-130s puts a greater strain on the entire Air Force fleet. It means fewer planes will be available for possible conversion to the MAFFS configuration.
A National Guard unit from Wisconsin has been sent to Afghanistan not to fight, but to help the local farmers grow food more effectively and thus have a better life -- one that does not depend on the opium trade. Many of the 58-member 82nd Agribusiness Development Team have expertise for the mission, backed up by their day jobs in fields such as pest management, forestry, veterinary science, agricultural marketing, hydrology, agronomy, soil science and food processing.
The administration’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal and its planned elimination of jobs and planes in the Air National Guard have been worse for retention than two decades of deployments to hostile territories, the Air Guard’s top general told lawmakers Wednesday
In combat zones, National Guard units generally take their orders from active duty commanders. Not so in Washington. For two months, the Air National Guard, with the help of governors from every state, has been battling the active duty Air Force over proposed budget cuts that would have trimmed the Guard’s force by more than 5,000 people and more than 200 aircraft.
Maj. Gen. James F. Jackson has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as chief of Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
The Air Force announced force structure plans to retire, not acquire or transfer 191 Air National Guard aircraft and add 65 aircraft to the Air National Guard fleet. The changes announced today will impact Air Guard units in 27 states and territories over the next few years, according to Pentagon officials here today.