New CSA Easing Tensions With Guard

Been in a couple of meetings and have seen this first hand.  General Milley gets it.  Just like his reaching out to members of Congress he is reaching out to members of the Guard through personal relationships.  Clearly the tenure of General Odierno will go down in history as one of the worst CSA.  The only one I can remember who was more flawed was General Wickham.   Some of the comments are comical, particularly the one written by a Regular Army member, every stale and outdated stereotype brought up.

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Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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5 Responses to New CSA Easing Tensions With Guard

  1. vmijpp says:

    I view that as a positive development.

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  2. rustybill says:

    One thing that most people tend to forget – even active duty folks – is that, despite being part-time, Guard and Reserve personnel are required to maintain the same standards as the active duty services. In effect, it means that they have to do in 36 days (2 days/month x 11 months, plus two weeks in the summer) what the actives take 365 days to do.

    For the record: 4 years active Air Force plus 10 years Air National Guard. RIFed in the early 90s. Highest rank: E-6.

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  3. DaveO says:

    I was relatively new to the Guard and Afghanistan when we relieved Milley’s brigade. A mutual disrespect blossomed. There is one aspect to the Guard that most AD leaders never consider: where an AD infantry unit is Infantry, a Guard infantry unit is Infantry + LEO + attorneys +RN + electricians, plumbers, mechanics, carpenters, teachers, bankers, and have bonded over the last 20+ years due to low turnover. And the Guard officers with rare exception started as E-1 and earned their way up. I was an exception to that unwritten rule. Dismissing the Guard in 2003 was one reason why Iraq turned out as it did.

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  4. burkemblog says:

    I worked with a lot of Guard logistics units in the Gulf war–all professional and very capable, especially at company level. They never complained or whined or said no, which was, sadly, my experience with some of the active duty corps support units that deployed with us. I worked with the Guard Bureau when I was in DA DCSPER–they are a complex organization that is so politicized that they really are the fourth branch of government–and there’s not just one Guard–there’s 50+. We really ought to adopt more of an Air Guard/Air Force Reserve model with more AC guys assigned to these units, and deploy them in small packets just as the AF does with planes and crews. Not roundup brigades, but roundout companies and platoons. But that’s just me. I think (I haven’t kept up) that military government/civil affairs is located in the USAR–seems to me that maybe the Guard should have a piece of that, too. But all this militates against combat formations with GOs, so the Guard probably wouldn’t go along with it.

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