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LETTERS & UPDATES Shift C-27J to the Army Guard Our Air Force is divesting the C-27J Spartan cargo plane ( “Spartan Future,” January ), an aircraft that is a product of the Comanche helicopter cancellation in 2004 and the harvest-ing of the resulting dollars for numer-ous Army aviation projects. The C-27J was selected to replace the C-23 Sherpa in the Army National Guard. To make a long story short, the aircraft instead went to the Air Force, which now cannot afford them and apparently doesn’t know what to do with them. NGAUS needs to make an effort to turn this transaction around and obtain the surviving aircraft for the Army Guard. This shift would be similar to what occurred when the Army Guard acquired the C-23s from the Air Force in the early 1990s. The Army and Air Force believe the C-130 Hercules is the appropri-ate aircraft to support the “last tactical mile” overseas, which is probably a correct assumption, but it ignores domestic theater of operations. The C-27s would effectively re-place the 40-plus C-23s in the Army Guard. Costs would be offset by acquiring fewer but newer airframes for the more numerous aging, hard-to-maintain aircraft. This is a homeland defense, fixed-wing concern for the Army Guard that needs immediate action. Retired Lt. Col. Tom Lasser California Army National Guard unless he is a seminary graduate. As for the captain being “callous” and “judgmental,” the Gospel writers and Paul make pretty clear the criteria for salvation, and it doesn’t include anyone outside of belief in Christ. Ad-ditionally, while God may be loving, he is first and foremost a perfectly just judge, which is why we pathetic humans need salvation through his son. No exceptions. I’m a Reformed Baptist, and we have a high view of Scripture, which means that everything written in the Bible is the inspired word, perspicu-ous and without error. Based on the tone of the colonel’s letter, he believes doctrinal, orthodox believers in Christianity should just keep our traps shut because we are too stupid and backward to take part in any discussion or conversation. Maj. Almyr L. Bump Indiana Army National Guard Reaching N atioNal G uard Letters Tell us how we’re doing or share your opinion on something you read in N atioNal G uard in 250 words or less. Last Word Send us your commentaries on Guard or defense-related topics in 800 words or less. Additional Submissions Submit your original Guard or defense-related articles, reviews or print-ready photos (300 dpi required). How to Submit Your Materials All submissions* should include your rank, full name, state National Guard affiliation, phone number and e-mail address. You may submit your materials three different ways: 1. E-mail: magazine@ngaus.org (preferred method) 2. Fax: (202) 682-9358 3. Mail: N atioNal G uard magazine One Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20001 *The content must be of interest to a predominately military audience. We reserve the right to edit submissions for length and clarity. Change of Address Submit updates to the NGAUS Membership Department e-mail members@ngaus.org, phone (888) 226-4287 or through the mem-bers only section of www.ngaus.org. The Last Word on a Last Word I just want to write to all of the people that have responded negatively to my article ( “Supreme Act of Ingrati-tude,” Last Word, November ). About the only way to state what I want to say is to quote Martin Luther. They “have attacked my own efforts to encourage piety to Christ. I confess … that I have written too harshly. I am but a man and I can err. Only let my errors be proven by Scripture. Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason … and not by [chaplains] and councils who have often contra-dicted themselves … my conscience is captive to the word of God. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other.” Chaplain (Capt.) Darren T. Ronsick Arizona Army National Guard Connect With Us Advertisers this Month Ace Electronics Defense Systems 45 Arizona State University Cover II Boeing 17 Cobham Aerospace Communications (Wulfsberg) 19 Codan Cover IV DRS Technologies Inc. 13 EADS North America 35 Fort Hays State University Virtual College 9 Hontek Corporation 3 Lind Electronics Inc. 21 National Guard Memorial Museum 31 NGAUS Insurance Trust 39 NGAUS Membership 2, 43 NGAUS Washington Report Cover III Pratt & Whitney 11 SilverTowne L.P. 44 USAA 47 More on Suicide’s Cause While I acknowledge that Col. Dean Winslow may have been “troubled” by Chaplain (Capt.) Dean T. Ronsick’s Last Word in the November issue (“ Suicide’s Cause,” Letters, February ), what I find troubling is the colonel’s failure to logi-cally and dispassionately convey his displeasure without resorting to invec-tive, stereotyping and insult. The captain may have a “lack of understanding of the psychological factors underlying suicide,” but I think it’s a safe bet that his view of Christi-anity is more orthodox and doctrin-ally sound than that of the colonel, 8 Correction The final 2011 State Membership & Revenue chart in the February issue in-correctly listed North Carolina’s NGAUS membership percentage. North Carolina finished 2011 with 983 active annual members and 334 active life members for a total membership of 109 percent. FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION: Anya Atwood, Client Service Associate (214) 291-3660 anya@mohanna.com www.ngaus.org/advertising | National Guard

Letters & Updates

Shift C-27J to the Army Guard <br /> <br /> Our Air Force is divesting the C-27J Spartan cargo plane (“Spartan Future,” January), an aircraft that is a product of the Comanche helicopter cancellation in 2004 and the harvesting of the resulting dollars for numerous Army aviation projects.<br /> <br /> The C-27J was selected to replace the C-23 Sherpa in the Army National Guard. To make a long story short, the aircraft instead went to the Air Force, which now cannot afford them and apparently doesn’t know what to do with them.<br /> <br /> NGAUS needs to make an effort to turn this transaction around and obtain the surviving aircraft for the Army Guard. This shift would be similar to what occurred when the Army Guard acquired the C-23s from the Air Force in the early 1990s.<br /> <br /> The Army and Air Force believe the C-130 Hercules is the appropriate aircraft to support the “last tactical mile” overseas, which is probably a correct assumption, but it ignores domestic theater of operations.<br /> <br /> The C-27s would effectively replace the 40-plus C-23s in the Army Guard. Costs would be offset by acquiring fewer but newer airframes for the more numerous aging, hardto- maintain aircraft.<br /> <br /> This is a homeland defense, fixedwing concern for the Army Guard that needs immediate action.<br /> <br /> Retired Lt. Col. Tom Lasser California Army National Guard<br /> <br /> More on Suicide’s Cause <br /> <br /> While I acknowledge that Col. Dean Winslow may have been “troubled” by Chaplain (Capt.) Dean T. Ronsick’s Last Word in the November issue (“Suicide’s Cause,” Letters, February), what I find troubling is the colonel’s failure to logically and dispassionately convey his displeasure without resorting to invective, stereotyping and insult.<br /> <br /> The captain may have a “lack of understanding of the psychological factors underlying suicide,” but I think it’s a safe bet that his view of Christianity is more orthodox and doctrinally sound than that of the colonel,Unless he is a seminary graduate.<br /> <br /> As for the captain being “callous” and “judgmental,” the Gospel writers and Paul make pretty clear the criteria for salvation, and it doesn’t include anyone outside of belief in Christ. Additionally, while God may be loving, he is first and foremost a perfectly just judge, which is why we pathetic humans need salvation through his son. No exceptions.<br /> <br /> I’m a Reformed Baptist, and we have a high view of Scripture, which means that everything written in the Bible is the inspired word, perspicuous and without error<br /> <br /> Based on the tone of the colonel’s letter, he believes doctrinal, orthodox believers in Christianity should just keep our traps shut because we are too stupid and backward to take part in any discussion or conversation.<br /> <br /> Maj. Almyr L. Bump Indiana Army National Guard<br /> <br /> The Last Word on a Last Word <br /> <br /> I just want to write to all of the people that have responded negatively to my article (“Supreme Act of Ingratitude,” Last Word, November).<br /> <br /> About the only way to state what I want to say is to quote Martin Luther. They “have attacked my own efforts to encourage piety to Christ. I confess … that I have written too harshly. I am but a man and I can err. Only let my errors be proven by Scripture. Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason … and not by [chaplains] and councils who have often contradicted themselves … my conscience is captive to the word of God. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other.” Chaplain (Capt.) Darren T. Ronsick Arizona Army National Guard.<br /> <br /> Correction <br /> <br /> The final 2011 State Membership & Revenue chart in the February issue incorrectly listed North Carolina’s NGAUS membership percentage. North Carolina finished 2011 with 983 active annual members and 334 active life members for a total membership of 109 percent.<br /> <br /> Reaching National Guard<br /> <br /> Letters <br /> <br /> Tell us how we’re doing or share your opinion on something you read in NatioNal Guard in 250 words or less.<br /> <br /> Last Word <br /> <br /> Send us your commentaries on Guard or defense-related topics in 800 words or less.<br /> <br /> Additional Submissions <br /> <br /> Submit your original Guard or defense-related articles, reviews or print-ready photos (300 dpi required).<br /> <br /> How to Submit Your Materials All submissions* should include your rank, full name, state National Guard affiliation, phone number and e-mail address. You may submit your materials three different ways:<br /> <br /> 1. E-mail: magazine@ngaus.org (preferred method)<br /> <br /> 2. Fax: (202) 682-9358<br /> <br /> 3. Mail: National Guard magazine One Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20001<br /> <br /> * The content must be of interest to a predominately military audience. We reserve the right to edit submissions for length and clarity.<br /> <br /> Change of Address<br /> <br /> Submit updates to the NGAUS Membership Department e-mail members@ngaus.org, phone (888) 226-4287 or through the members only section of www.ngaus.org.

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