AH-64 Apache helicopters will remain in the Army National Guard. That’s the good news. The less-than-good news is that the Guard battalions have fewer aircraft than their active-component counterparts. And Guard pilots have a hard time getting into the school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Read about it in the current issue of NATIONAL GUARD.
Improvements to the education benefit are a boost to the lives of some service members, who, for one thing, can put off the decision on using the GI Bill until it suits them. Plus, Guardsmen deployed under 12304b status will now earn the benefit. This, too, is in the current issue of the NGAUS award-winning magazine.
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the commander of U.S. Army North, spends time with National Guard to discuss how his command and the Guard work together when the need arises. He calls it a partnership.
The Guard today looks like it does largely because of World War I and the need for large divisions to fight the war in Europe. Many of those divisions still exist 100 years later. Read about it in NATIONAL GUARD.
The NGAUS president doesn’t understand why Army National Guard aviation units are being treated this way. . . . A senator on the Armed Services Committee pledges to keep the nation’s military, including the Guard, ready for the fight. . . . The NGAUS board chairman sees the National Defense Strategy as a call to return to the basics when training.
Read all of this and more in the March issue of NATIONAL GUARD. Find the magazine online at www.nationalguardmagazine.com(link is external).