Martin: National Guard ‘Indispensable’ to Army’s Future

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Martin: National Guard ‘Indispensable’ to Army’s Future

As the Army modernizes and readies itself against future threats, the National Guard will continue to be “indispensable,” Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph Martin said.

“I've been around the block a few times, and I've served with National Guard service members [on] multiple occasions,” Martin said. “So, I hope you believe me when I say that based on my experiences, I consider you to be indispensable.”

Thousands of Guard Troops Respond to Hurricane Ida

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Thousands of Guard Troops Respond to Hurricane Ida

Nearly 5,300 National Guard troops are helping with rescue and relief efforts after Hurricane Ida slammed into the Gulf Coast.

The storm, one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. mainland, struck coastal Louisiana exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina, leaving at least one person dead, widespread power outages and a trail of destruction. It weakened into a tropical storm as it pushed inland over Mississippi.

AG Association Leaders Say Criticism Hurts Guard

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AG Association Leaders Say Criticism Hurts Guard

Two National Guard leaders have weighed in on an essay, published by the Association of the U.S. Army, on how the component has been used for various missions at home and overseas over the past two years.

National Guard Battles Blazes Across the Country

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National Guard Battles Blazes Across the Country

National Guard troops from across the country continue to play a critical role in wildfire response as multiple fires burn across the United States. 

More than 1,400 National Guard soldiers and airmen from 12 states have been called up to help with multiple blazes, including in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana, according to the National Guard. 

While the National Guard routinely responds to domestic emergencies, including natural disasters, the 2021 fire season has proven to be especially ruthless. 

Competing Essays Published on Use of Reserve Component

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Competing Essays Published on Use of Reserve Component

Essays with vastly different views on how the National Guard has been used for various missions at home and overseas over the past two years are the newest professional papers published, in a point-counterpoint style, by the Association of the U.S. Army. 

The Reserve Component Crisis Necessitates Re-Examining the Total Army Concept

 

In Brief

  • The reserve component has been overtaxed for decades; the most severe troubles have been experienced by the National Guard over the past two years.
  • In responding to an increase in natural disasters, civil unrest and the COVID pandemic, the National Guard’s readiness has been dramatically decreased through an exhaustion of funds—and subsequent cancellation of essential training programs—that Congress has not adequately addressed.
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Guard Rises to the Challenge

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About 17 years ago, amid the demands of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, the Army shifted from a division-centric to a maneuver brig

Wormuth: Guard Short Summer Training Funds

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Wormuth: Guard Short Summer Training Funds

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth warns the readiness of Army National Guard units is at risk because of short-term funding shortages, largely resulting from the $450 million cost of deployments to secure the U.S. Capitol. 

Busy National Guard Doesn’t See Things Getting Slower

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Busy National Guard Doesn’t See Things Getting Slower

The Army cannot deploy, fight or win without the Army National Guard and Army Reserve, senior leaders said May 4 in testimony before the House panel that funds defense programs. 

Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the 29th National Guard Bureau chief who leads a force that includes 334,575 soldiers, making up about 39% of Army operational forces, said, “We provide combat-proven forces when needed and tirelessly help our communities where we live. We stand ready to face the threats of today and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.”