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EANGUS News - 10/31/2011


Current Activated Guardsmen as of Oct. 25, 2011
49,897 ARNG
6,556 ANG

Total Activated Guardsmen Since 9-11

356,486 ARNG

90,545 ANG

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General: No Cutting to Guard End Strength
NGAUS Washington Report –Oct. 25, 2011
The Army is going to cut brigade combat teams as part of a plan to shrink the force by 50,000 soldiers, but one of the engineers behind the process says the Guard is not a target.

The Air National Guard may not be so lucky, however. Maj. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, head of Force Management, Headquarters Army, told Defense News that the reserve component is too valuable to cut as the Army attempts to fall from 570,000 to 520,000 troops.

“There are not reductions in the end strength of the National Guard or Reserve at this point of the analysis,” Ierardi told the publication in a story Monday.

“I would say that generally speaking, as the active component comes down, our reliance on the reserve component will be equal if not more important than it has been,” he said.

No decision has been made regarding the cutting of the Army's 73 brigade combat teams, but the publication says analysts expect 10 to 15 to disappear. Ierardi said the Army is looking at whether to cut Stryker, heavy or infantry brigade combat teams.

Meanwhile, word is spreading that the Air Force is considering retirement of a substantial number of Air Guard aircraft. During a recent hearing by the House Armed Services Committee's tactical air land subcommittee, Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., said he had “just learned” that the Air Force may retire all Guard C-5As, three F-16 wings and some C-130s and A-10s.

Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, the Air Guard director, told the congressman that it was too soon to make any conclusions, but added that if those aircraft are removed, “you would have the air being taken out of the Air National Guard.”

Dem: 'Defense is going to get crucified'
By John T. Bennett - 10/27/11 11:59 AM ET
Pro-defense lawmakers must push a broad economic reform plan if they hope to keep the Pentagon budget from being "crucified," Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said Thursday.
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DoD: Tuition Assistance Safe for Now
October 29, 2011
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON -- Although no changes to the tuition assistance policy will be made in the near term, defense officials stated the tuition assistance program will be considered as part of the holistic review of the military compensation package.
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Put security before random cuts
By REP. BILL YOUNG | 10/23/11 8:41 PM EDT
It's often been said that “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” And this has never been truer than with our national defense, which should be based on threats, not politics.
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Aiming for a leaner, meaner military
By CHARLES HOSKINSON | 10/23/11 10:45 PM EDT Updated: 10/24/11 12:48 PM EDT
Pentagon leaders are hoping a mandate to cut at least $350 billion from the defense budget over the next 10 years won't disrupt plans for a more agile, efficient and modern force that still can reach across the globe to deliver a crushing blow when needed.
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Consensus scarce on future of overseas bases
By CATHERINE CHENEY & CHARLES HOSKINSON | 10/23/11 10:12 PM RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Operations were drastically ramped up here at this key transit base during the past decade to handle the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The airbase simply “didn't have any infrastructure at the time to do what was being asked of us,” said Dean Noe, the Aerial Port operations manager.
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