Shop Talk: Air Guard Boss Talks Issues

NGAUS Washington Report

(Aug. 20, 2013) Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the Air National Guard director, discussed a variety of topics last week at his first All-Call.

The event, part of Focus on the Force week held at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., provided insights on current Air Guard issues.  

"We are integral to every plan that happens with the Air Force. We are also integral to every governor and TAG [adjutant general] for things that we do in the states," Clarke said.

He said that dual-purpose mission, plus being engaged operationally at home and overseas, “is critical to the Air Force and to the nation."

In discussing the future of the Air Guard, Clarke said, "I don't see a lot of relief in the budget world. We will do what we can, the best way that we know how."

The director also didn't mince words when discussing potential personnel cuts.

"There may be some impacts to this headquarters based on the Strategic Choices and Management Review that [the office of the defense secretary] has done," Clarke said. "It is too premature for me to tell you numbers. If there are reductions on the staff, it will be done over time and appropriately."

Clarke concluded by imploring those in attendance to serve with distinction.

"Don't drag our flag around in the mud," Clarke said. "Be proud of the fact that this is the United States of America. We render assistance to others and they are better off because of it ... The Air National Guard is a big part of that.”