Magazine: New Fighter, Old Airplanes

Washington Report

(May 27, 2014) While the Air Force awaits the F-35 fifth-generation fighter, another aircraft may be on the horizon that could find an early fit in the Air National Guard. The Scorpion is slower and less advanced than the ballyhooed F-35, but it has the advantages of being cheaper and available sooner. Is it the right aircraft for the Guard? NATIONAL GUARD takes a look at the question in the new issue coming your way soon.

The National Guard got some good news from Capitol Hill this month. Legislators pondering the 2015 defense authorization bill saw the benefit of establishing a commission to study the structure of the Army. This idea supported by NGAUS will provide a close look at the Army's desire to remove AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the Army Guard. Read about it in this month's issue of the NGAUS membership publication.

The Air Guard has plenty of old airplanes in need of modernization. NATIONAL GUARD takes a look at the possibility of the fleet getting these upgrades. Read about it in the issue coming soon to your mailbox.

An earthquake in Alaska 50 years ago had an impact on the Guard that continues today. . . . The NGAUS chairman gets something off his chest. . . . A former D.C. Guardsman became the country's top soldier. . . . For some Guard families, every day is Memorial Day.

All of this and more can be found in the current issue of NATIONAL GUARD. Keep an eye out for an early peek at www.nationalguardmagazine.com.