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LETTERS & UPDATES Air Guard Also ‘Split Apart’ The practice of mobilizing units and then breaking them apart also happened to many Air National Guard units ( “Split Apart,” Guard Roots, May ). I was a member of the New Jersey Air Guard’s 177th Tactical Fighter Group in Atlantic City, N.J. We were mobi-lized in January 1968. We thought we would deploy to Korea as a unit, but that didn’t happen. After spin-up at Atlantic City, some of us deployed to Korea, Vietnam or many bases in the United States. Our unit ceased to exist. We had trained together for years, but that unit cohe-sion was thrown away in the interest of back-fi lling active Air Force units. This story also needs to be told. I’m still proud of the service we provided. Retired Lt. Col. Robert C. Sheldon Jr. New Jersey Army National Guard to Vietnam with the 972nd Signal Bat-talion in October 1969. While many of its members were scattered throughout the country, the company’s main element remained at Long Binh Post. The fact that there was a disagreement about the legality of the 107th being sent to Vietnam had no relationship to the 115th. It seems the main complaint of the author is that the 115th did not receive battle streamers because the company’s fl ag remained at West Point. This is a totally irrelevant point since the unit did not go to Vietnam. I served in the 120th Artillery at Fort Lewis, Wash., and the 1/179th Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, in South Korea. Should these units receive battle streamers because of my Vietnam service? The individuals from the 115th that went to Vietnam were eligible for the individual awards they earned and any awards issued to the units in which they served. It is unfortunate that the author chose to compare the situations of the two units in what seems to be a criti-cal view of the 107th. Dr. Mark Johnson Athens, Ga. 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 af liation, 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 by e-mail members@ngaus.org, phone (888) 226-4287 or the members only section of www.ngaus.org. Poor Comparison To use the history of the 107th Signal Company to complain about a perceived injustice to the 115th Mililt-ary Police Company seems misguided ( “Split Apart,” Guard Roots, May ). I was assigned to the 107th, Rhode Island National Guard, after shipping Connect With Us Advertisers this Month 134th NGAUS General Conference & Exhibition 47 AM General Back Cover Boeing 9 Coastal Aircraft Parts LLC 45 Cobham Aerospace Communications (Wulfsberg) 43 DFAS 19 EADS 37 ESRI Inc. 11 ESS Eye Pro 17 Hontek Corporation 3 Lockheed Martin 31 NGAUS Membership 2 Pelican Products 13 Phantom Products Inc. 41 Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. Inside Back Cover Raydon Corporation Inside Cover Sato Travel 19 SilverTowne L.P. 45 USAA 4-5 Digital Edition Now Available Sign up to receive the magazine at www.ngaus.org/magazine . FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION: Anya Atwood, Client Service Associate (214) 291-3660 anya@mohanna.com www.ngaus.org/advertising 10 | N G

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Air Guard Also ‘Split Apart’ <br /> <br /> The practice of mobilizing units and then breaking them apart also happened to many Air National Guard units (“Split Apart,” Guard Roots, May).I was a member of the New Jersey Air Guard’s 177th Tactical Fighter Group in Atlantic City, N.J. We were mobilized in January 1968. We thought we would deploy to Korea as a unit, but that didn’t happen.<br /> <br /> After spin-up at Atlantic City, some of us deployed to Korea, Vietnam or many bases in the United States. Our unit ceased to exist. We had trained together for years, but that unit cohesion was thrown away in the interest of back-filling active Air Force units.<br /> <br /> This story also needs to be told. I’m still proud of the service we provided.<br /> Retired Lt. Col. Robert C. Sheldon Jr.<br /> <br /> New Jersey Army National Guard <br /> <br /> Poor Comparison <br /> <br /> To use the history of the 107th Signal Company to complain about a perceived injustice to the 115th Mililtary Police Company seems misguided (“Split Apart,” Guard Roots, May).<br /> <br /> I was assigned to the 107th, Rhode Island National Guard, after shipping to Vietnam with the 972nd Signal Battalion in October 1969.<br /> <br /> While many of its members were scattered throughout the country, the company’s main element remained at Long Binh Post. The fact that there was a disagreement about the legality of the 107th being sent to Vietnam had no relationship to the 115th.<br /> <br /> It seems the main complaint of the author is that the 115th did not receive battle streamers because the company’s flag remained at West Point. This is a totally irrelevant point since the unit did not go to Vietnam.<br /> <br /> I served in the 120th Artillery at Fort Lewis, Wash., and the 1/179th Artillery, 7th Infantry Division, in South Korea. Should these units receive battle streamers because of my Vietnam service? The individuals from the 115th that went to Vietnam were eligible for the individual awards they earned and any awards issued to the units in which they served.<br /> <br /> It is unfortunate that the author chose to compare the situations of the two units in what seems to be a critical view of the 107th.<br /> <br /> Dr. Mark Johnson <br /> <br /> Athens, Ga.

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