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Beware Good Times

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These are good times for the National Guard. Our high profile in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and here at home balding wildfires and floods and assisting with border security makes die Guard a fairly easy sell on Capitol Hill.

But things can change in a hurry. We must keep our eyes on the future to spot in advance any problems that can derail de·rail  
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1. To run or cause to run off the rails.

 our recent good fortunes.

Five years ago, as an Air Guard officer, I would have said that the Air Force and Air Guard relationship was about as good as it could get. We maintained the same standards as our active-component counterparts, were inspected by our gaining command and, when we deployed, nobody could tell who was active and who was Guard.

However, the Base Realignment and Closure Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the Armed Forces, used by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and Congress to close excess military installations and realign  process, aging aircraft and transformation have changed that relationship. Fewer airplanes and too little money for recapitalization Recapitalization

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 have created a "them or us" mentality.

Air Guard leadership has done its best to rebuild trust and find new missions. We are making progress. But there are many challenges ahead.

The Army Guard seems to be on a roll, largely because the Army desperately needs Guard brigades to pull a significant part of the load overseas. And Congress is doing its part to ensure the Guard has equipment and reasonable deployment policies.

Homeland defense and disaster response capabilities for the Guard are hot topics. And through empowerment legislation and appropriations from the National Guard and Reserves Equipment Account, the Guard is making progress to acquire the National Guard Bureau chief's "Essential 10" equipment and more.

Yes, all in all, the Guard is doing OK right now.

But what will happen when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end? Will the priorities of a new administration reduce overall defense funding, making it much tougher for the Guard to fund personnel and modernization modernization

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 programs or replace aging and worn out equipment?

The Guard has a reputation for being a powerhouse A fourth-generation language from Cognos that was introduced in the late 1970s for midrange computers. It supports both character-oriented, terminal-based applications as well as Windows clients. Applications developed under PowerHouse can be imported into Cognos' Axiant client/server environment.  in Congress because our airmen and soldiers live Soldiers Live is the ninth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, through roughly forty years of its approximately four hundred year  in just about every town in America, giving us a grassroots strength others envy.

But, are we effectively using that advantage? As an institution, we should be able to accomplish just about anything given the potential of our political influence.

So why can't we?

One problem is, NGAUS can not communicate directly and immediately with all of its members.

Some of you have signed up on our Web site to receive LEGIT, legislative alerts and NGAUS Notes via e-mail. And others regularly read NATIONAL GUARD magazine. Still others receive e-mails forwarded by state associations.

We are reaching many of our members, but we're not reaching all of them. And that could make the difference between success and failure on an issue of importance to your unit, state or the entire National Guard.

To maximize our effectiveness, NGAUS must have the capability to communicate directly and immediately with our entire membership.

Direct e-mail communication will give us the ability to alert our members to issues and the actions they can take to gamer needed support from their elected officials.

We can get this magazine to you each month through the NGAUS DataGuard membership database because it has your name and address. However, to reach you quickly, we need to communicate using list-Century technology.

So, I ask each of you to encourage your state association to include e-mail addresses See Internet address.

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 in DataGuard.

Our promise is that you will only receive information you can use, such as legislative alerts, the weekly newsletters or official NGAUS communications on policy and programs. Your e-mail will not be shared with or provided to any other organization.

Things can change in a hurry. We must be prepared.

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Author:Richard M Green
Publication:National Guard
Date:Sep 1, 2008
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