The National Guard via military.com
In order to save $12 billion, all of the National Guard’s Apache helicopters are being transferred to the active duty Army, according to Defense One. It appears to be de-militarizing the National Guard.
The National Guard is fighting the move. In exchange for all 192 Apache attack helicopters presently used by nine states, the Guard and the Reserve components will receive 11l UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. This eliminates 3 of 13 combat aviation brigades from the Army.
The main mission of the Apaches is to be the combat reserve of the Army.
Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has introduced a bill to block the Apache transfer.
“There were times during Operation Iraqi Freedom when the Army National Guard represented 50 percent of the Army’s combat power,” Wilson said in a statement on his website. Both Guard and Reserve troops have accounted for nearly a third of the nation’s more than 2.5 million service members who have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Nearly 10,000 Guard or Reserve members have deployed more than five times, according to Defense Department data.
Wilson’s bill, which currently has the support of 41 Democrats and 111 Republicans, also calls for a commission to study the proposed changes—a measure Odierno says he sees no need for.
It’s interesting that Mr. Obama is de-militarizing the National Guard while he is at the same time militarizing bureaucratic agencies like the Bureau of Land Management as we recently saw with the attack on Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Nevada and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife who drew assault weapons on innocent guitar makers at the Gibson factory or the ATF that went into an ammo store like a SWAT team.
Recently, the Obama administration destroyed two critical missile programs the BGM-109 Tomahawk and the AGM-114 Hellfire.
Tomahawks can fly under radar and hit specific targets and the Hellfire is one of the best or the best anti-tank weapon in the world. There is nothing in the budget to replace either weapon. The budget does however add two new entitlements, spends billions on green energy not ready for market, and billions in foreign aid.
The Tomahawk is inexplicably being replaced with a Long Range Anti Ship Missile that won’t be battle ready for 10 years according to some experts. It has underperformed and is extremely expensive. It is not needed as badly as the Tomahawk Hellfire Missiles program, it’s expensive, and it’s not fit for battle. Read more at the Free Beacon
Mr. Obama is reducing the size of the military and destroying our stockpile of nuclear warheads. He is deaf, dumb and blind to the threats posed by people he likes to call allies such as Russia and China. He makes Neville Chamberlain look like a shrinking violet when it comes to ignorance of the world around him. What a reset it has been.
He now appears to be de-militarizing the National Guard, the only military organization that comes under the auspices of the states.