Funding rift pits active-duty military against Guard, Reserve

  • Article by: Mark Brunswick , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 1, 2014 - 9:28 AM

Military’s postwar belt-tightening will be felt at the local level, National Guard warns.

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sfod93Jan. 31, 1410:17 PM

Mr Walz, how many rounds did you fire downrange while in direct contact? If MN believes their NG presence should be larger, perhaps they should open their checkbooks?

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slowrideJan. 31, 1410:51 PM

For a Chief of Staff to make a comment like that is not very motivating for Guard members to hear. The Guard has performed beyond what anyone could have predicted during these wars and right alongside active duty personnel. The General should also realize that the Minuteman or National Guard existed before active duty did and has a rich history of service. But, I'm not here to poke holes on the Active Duty component because I served there myself and also in the Guard as well. It's an "Army of One" General Odierno.....Active, Reserve, and Guard all play important roles in defense of this country. FYI: The Chief of Staff of the Army base pay is $21,147.70 per month.

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boozlesJan. 31, 1410:58 PM

Maybe we should just raise taxes on the wealthiest instead of cutting SNAP and other programs that benefit returning veterans, the elderly and the poor.

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RGMCDONJan. 31, 1411:12 PM

I have lost confidence in the General, he should step down and retire.

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DufferHFeb. 1, 14 2:11 AM

We're still mired in Afghanistan, and Guard and Reserve troops are still being deployed there, so the chief of staff is a bit premature in talking about a "post-war environment." It's more than a bit worrisome when Pentagon brass are acting and talking like politicians. That is a fairly recent occurrence.

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texas_technomanFeb. 1, 14 6:33 AM

This is nothing more than whining. The defense budget has doubled since 2000. They generals are upset because they don't have a war to fight somewhere...maybe time to scale back on those weapon systems that are being built, the ones that no one but some politician wants.

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chuckhoovFeb. 1, 14 8:52 AM

The Natl Guard's ranks and missions have greatly expanded in the last 15 years. Heck, there is even an air guard unit in Vermont about to get front line f35 fighters when they come off the assembly line. What's up with that? If there are cuts, the Guard should get their fair share and maybe dial back their mission creep.

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birchtreeFeb. 1, 1412:25 PM

A) It's the NATIONAL guard not the INTERnational guard. They should never have been deployed overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan. The ONLY reason they were is that Bush/Cheney knew if they instituted a Vietnam-era style draft, the U.S. population would tire of it and turn against the policy. 10,000 is plenty for a state-based guard. B) If the General is so critical of the Guard's training, why does he keep deploying them overseas?

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K-LinoFeb. 1, 14 1:17 PM

Typical. First thing National Guard does is threatening to cut back on assistance to the general public in cases of weather emergencies. They have so much equipment, they don't know what to do with it. It is irresponsible not to review the NG's administration and perhaps retire a few generals!!!!

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K-LinoFeb. 1, 14 1:18 PM

Who is the National Guard protecting Minnesota against? Invasion by North Dakotans, Iowans, Canadians or the little green people from Mars?

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