I had a chance to review the Report of the National Commission.
The panel was headed Retired General Carter Ham and Mr. Tom Lamont former Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. I know General Ham, he is a thoughtful man who rose through the ranks having served as enlisted soldier in the 82nd Airborne and attaining his commission through ROTC at John Carroll University in Cleveland. I do not know Mr. Lamont but he has a good reputation amongst the people in the Pentagon. Other members include Retired General J. D. Thurman, former Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, and former Chief of the Army Reserve, Retired Lieutenant General Jack Schultz.
The report is a severe spanking of what the Army has done for the last four or five years. It is a telling indiciment of the former CSA, Retired General Raymond “Shrek” Odierno and the former G8 of the Army Retired Lieutenant General Jim Barcley over a number of decisions made to include reducing the capability of the Army to support the Combatant Commanders by giving the Theater Army the ability to provide Mission Command and the Aviation Restructuring Initiative, which was the brain child of Retired Lieutenant General Jim Barcley and the removal of all AH64 from the Army National Guard.
The report makes a case for healing the rift between the Army and the National Guard. Both sides are equally to blame. The Army often fails to consult in making decisions about equipment and structure in the Army National Guard; the Army National Guard takes offense to everything the Army does and allows a private organization (National Guard Association of the United States) to lobby Congress for what the Army won’t give them. Based on observations inside the five sided wind tunnel and puzzle palace, the current CSA General Mark Milley is working hard to heal the breach meeting with both Governors and Adjutant Generals.
There is a lot work to do on both sides. Inside the Army staff there are offices that need to be broken up as they routinely denigrate both the Army National Guard and Army Reserves in public forums. It won’t happen but maybe this report will be signal to some their actions are wrong.