Backers of the U.S. Air National Guard lauded the Senate Armed Services Committee decision to block Air Force-proposed cuts to units across the country.
Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, president of the National Guard Association of the United States, had this to say of the Senate Armed Services Committee mark-up of the 2013 defense authorization bill:
“National Guard leaders across the country are thrilled by Senate Armed Services Committee action yesterday that would halt the Air Force’s plan to cut 5,100 airman and 156 aircraft from the Air National Guard in the fiscal 2013 defense budget request.
“In doing so, Senate defense leaders have joined the House of Representatives and the nation’s governors in rejecting the Air Force’s plan to cut its most economically efficient component in these challenging fiscal times.
The Senate panel did approve an Air Force request to retire its remaining C-5A aircraft, like the one pictured above.