NGAUS Washington Report
(Jan. 28, 2014) Two state adjutants general and an official from the National Governors Association spoke about the need for a strong National Guard end strength during this morning’s NGAUS Legislative Workshop at the association’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Maj. Gen. Wesley Craig, the Pennsylvania adjutant general, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the West Virginia adjutant general, and David Quam, the deputy director of policy at the National Governors Association, discussed the rebalancing act occurring as the military transitions out of more than a decade of war into a stressed fiscal environment.
Calling the cost of the active component astounding, Craig said the Guard is a cheaper but equally effective option now that the nation is tightening its belt. Both he and Hoyer stressed that they’re not advocating to get rid of the active component, but said the Guard proved it can fight in the war on terrorism and is a viable solution to today’s challenges.
“This is not about protecting an institution,” Hoyer said. “This is about what’s doing right for the nation.”
Quam said America’s governors know how important the Guard is to their states and to military readiness as a whole. He said that NGA’s most powerful legislative weapon, a letter signed by every governor in the nation, is sparsely used. But, three out of four times the letter has been deployed over the past 10 years has been in support of the National Guard.