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LETTERS & UPDATES 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. Update: Senators Note Efforts of NGAUS Leaders No story got more ink in National clear to their representatives that their Guard, the offi cial publication of Guard strategy was a national defense NGAUS, over the past 12 months concept to be taken seriously.” than the eff ort to win Senate passage Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. of a permanent National Guard seat Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced on the Joint Chiefs of Staff . the Guard empowerment legislation Two senators, both early supporters in May 2011. of the proposal, returned the favor, at “The Senate recognized that en-least in a manner of speaking. hanced capabilities for the National Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., Guard, particularly elevating the chief and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., added of the National Guard Bureau as a statements to the “Congressional statutory member of the Joint Chiefs Record” March 15 praising Maj. Gen. of Staff , this nation’s highest military Frank Vavala, the NGAUS chairman, planning body, were essential to meet-and retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett ing the threats of the future,” Corker Jr., the NGAUS president, as driving said. forces behind the landmark bill. “People around Tennessee know Vavala is the Dela-Gus Hargett as the Also Inside: Building More CBRNE Response ware adjutant general; former adjutant Hargett is the former general of our state’s Tennessee adjutant National Guard, but general. also as the person Added as an responsible for The Guard’s amendment to the supervising the Ten-Biggest Victory fi scal 2012 National nessee Emergency on Capitol Hill in More Than Defense Authoriza-Management Agency a Century tion Act, the leg-and the Tennes-islation included see State Guard,” language making the he said. “They also Guard’s senior offi cer, know Gus as the the chief of the Na-kind of guy to get Plus: Fight Brewing Over the Joint Cargo Aircraft’s Future tional Guard Bureau, things done when a permanent member they really matter.” of the Joint Chiefs of Staff . Added Coons, “At a time when it The president signed the measure seems nothing in Washington works into law Dec. 31, 2011. right, General Vavala insisted time and Corker said Vavala and Hargett “ap-again that the voice of the people mat-proached an idea widely regarded as a ters and worked tirelessly to prove it.” nice, but unlikely thought and helped Vavala and Hargett both said they transform it into a reality.” were humbled by the recognition. Coons said the historic Guard vic-“Senator Coons hit the nail on the tory was, in large part, a product of head when he spoke of how impor-NGAUS determination. tant grassroots were to this eff ort,” “I think that people who have Hargett said. “And at the top of those had just a few minutes to chat with grassroots were thousands of Guards-[Vavala] come away understanding men across the country who spoke that he is a dynamic force,” he said. loudly on this issue, not just with “They would be able to instantly un-their calls and e-mails, but their ac-derstand how he and General Hargett tions over the last 10 years. helped guide a compelling, grassroots “The nation needs these men and campaign of hundreds of thousands women now more than ever, and of National Guard men and women Congress and the president agreed.” —NGAUS Staff Report and their state leadership to make THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES JANUARY 2012 www.ngaus.org Last Word Send us your commentaries on Guard or defense-related topics in 800 words or less. 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Update: Senators Note Efforts of NGAUS Leaders<br /> <br /> No story got more ink in National Guard, the official publication of NGAUS, over the past 12 Months than the effort to win Senate passage of a permanent National Guard seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff .<br /> <br /> Two senators, both early supporters of the proposal, returned the favor, at least in a manner of speaking.<br /> <br /> Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., And Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., added statements to the “Congressional Record” March 15 praising Maj. Gen.Frank Vavala, the NGAUS chairman, and retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president, as driving forces behind the landmark bill.<br /> <br /> Vavala is the Delaware adjutant general; Hargett is the former Tennessee adjutant general.<br /> <br /> Added as an amendment to the fiscal 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the legislation included language making the Guard’s senior officer, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, a permanent member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff .<br /> <br /> The president signed the measure into law Dec. 31, 2011.<br /> <br /> Corker said Vavala and Hargett “approached an idea widely regarded as a nice, but unlikely thought and helped transform it into a reality.” Coons said the historic Guard victory was, in large part, a product of NGAUS determination.<br /> <br /> “I think that people who have had just a few minutes to chat with [Vavala] come away understanding that he is a dynamic force,” he said.“They would be able to instantly understand how he and General Hargett helped guide a compelling, grassroots campaign of hundreds of thousands of National Guard men and women and their state leadership to make clear to their representatives that their Guard strategy was a national defense concept to be taken seriously.”<br /> <br /> Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen.Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced the Guard empowerment legislation in May 2011.<br /> <br /> “The Senate recognized that enhanced capabilities for the National Guard, particularly elevating the chief of the National Guard Bureau as a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff , this nation’s highest military planning body, were essential to meeting the threats of the future,” Corker said.<br /> <br /> “People around Tennessee know Gus Hargett as the former adjutant general of our state’s National Guard, but also as the person responsible for supervising the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee State Guard,” he said. “They also know Gus as the kind of guy to get things done when they really matter.” Added Coons, “At a time when it seems nothing in Washington works right, General Vavala insisted time and again that the voice of the people matters and worked tirelessly to prove it.”<br /> <br /> Vavala and Hargett both said they were humbled by the recognition.<br /> <br /> “Senator Coons hit the nail on the head when he spoke of how important grassroots were to this effort,” Hargett said. “And at the top of those grassroots were thousands of Guardsmen across the country who spoke loudly on this issue, not just with their calls and e-mails, but their actions over the last 10 years.<br /> <br /> “The nation needs these men and women now more than ever, and Congress and the president agreed.”

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