NGAUS: Air Force Commission Report Is Great Contribution to Current Debate

WASHINGTON (Jan. 30, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today  released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president:

“Today’s final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force is a great contribution to the current discussion on how to maintain the nation's defense capabilities in an era of fewer defense dollars. 

“It’s clear that the eight commissioners were listening at hearings across the country when Air National Guardsmen repeatedly said they wanted to do more and were capable of doing more. 

“As one of the commissioners, Col. R.L. Brownlee, a former acting Army secretary, said today, ‘If you have the same level of readiness and you’re less expensive, it only makes sense to transition some of the missions [to the Air Guard and Air Force Reserve].’

“We applaud retired Lt. Gen. Dennis M. McCarthy, the chairman, and the rest of the commission not just for their work, but for showing Congress and the Pentagon the value of an independent look at future force structure when the components are at an impasse.”

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Reporters, Editors & Producers: Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett is available for interviews or to appear as a subject matter expert on defense issues related to the National Guard. Contact John Goheen at 202-789-0031 or to schedule an interview or appearance.

About NGAUS: The association includes nearly 45,000 current or former Guard officers. It was created in 1878 to provide unified National Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources. Today, 136 years later, NGAUS has the same mission.