National Guard September 2012 : Page 12

LETTERS & UPDATES Timely Article Also Inside: A Conversation With the Army Guard Director It was with great pleasure that I read your article (“ Warranting At-tention ,” June 2012). I was particu-larly impressed with the focus you placed on describing the hard work done by Chief Warrant Of-fi cer 5 Howard “Gene” Touch-stone and the NGAUS Commit-tee on Warrant Offi cer Issues, which he chairs. Your article and the focus given it on the cover could A NGAUS not have come at a more address committee fortuitous time for National their unique helps warrant Guard warrant offi cers. As set of officers challenges it was published, some in Army National Guard leadership were con-Plus: Cyberwarfar templating the cessa-e a Gr tion of the command owing Mission chief warrant offi cer for the Air National positions at the National Guard Guard Bureau and throughout the Bureau 54 states and territories. from two-star to The United States Army Warrant three-star and now four-star! Offi cers Association, in concert with Wow, chief of the National Guard the Army Guard Warrant Offi cer Bureau a member of the Joint Chiefs Senior Advisory Committee, the Army Senior Warrant Offi cer Advisory Coun-of Staff ! Wow, a Guard soldier serves more cil and the Command Chief Warrant than 20 years in uniform and is not Offi cers of the Army Reserve, engaged a veteran! Remember the U.S. Army in an eff ort to dissuade the director of has three equal components: active, the Army Guard from this path. Guard and Reserve. In doing so, we reminded him of No explanation necessary. the pioneering history made by the Retired Col. Roy Nomey Army Guard in the creation of these Louisiana Army National Guard positions, which inspired an entire matrix of similar warrant offi cer lead-Dumb Idea ers and leadership advisors through-I am in shock at the ignorance out all three components of the Army. of the proposal to cut drill pay for You article and NGAUS’ focus on National Guardsmen. Those in leader-the important work done by dedi-cated senior warrant offi cers served to ship are comparing apples to oranges. Guardsmen on drill pay do not amplify our collective eff orts. Jack Du Teil receive COLA or housing allowance. Executive Director One day of drill pay is almost half of U.S. Army Warrant Offi cers one day of active-duty pay in my state Association due to the lack of these benefi ts. Even when I am on orders less Three Components than 31 days, housing allowance is Wow, multiple two-star generals at half of what an equal ranking active the state headquarters! duty member makes. Wow, chief of the National Guard If we are truly going to be equal to 12 JUNE www 2012 .ngaus.org active duty, we need full COLA and housing allow-ance for every day of work, regardless of status, and free medical coverage for all. Hey, they’re only trying to make it fair, right? Let’s tell all the Guardsmen at war right now that not only do they have to look for a job when they get home, but we’re go-ing to cut their pay in half. Let’s trim the fat and save money in our country where it makes sense, not in the lives and careers of the bravest who sacrifi ce every day for the coun-try and state they love. Capt. Robert Zeitz Hawaii Air 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 affi 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 submis-sions for length and clarity. Connect With Us 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. | Na tional Guard

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Timely Article<br /> <br /> It was with great pleasure that I read your article (“Warranting Attention,” June 2012). I was particularly impressed with the focus you placed on describing the hard work done by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Howard “Gene” Touchstone and the NGAUS Committee on Warrant Officer Issues, which he chairs.<br /> <br /> Your article and the focus given it on the cover could not have come at a more fortuitous time for National Guard warrant officers. As it was published, some in Army National Guard leadership were contemplating the cessation of the command chief warrant officer positions at the National Guard Bureau and throughout the 54 states and territories.<br /> <br /> The United States Army Warrant Officers Association, in concert with the Army Guard Warrant Officer Senior Advisory Committee, the Army Senior Warrant Officer Advisory Council and the Command Chief Warrant Officers of the Army Reserve, engaged in an effort to dissuade the director of the Army Guard from this path.<br /> <br /> In doing so, we reminded him of the pioneering history made by the Army Guard in the creation of these positions, which inspired an entire matrix of similar warrant officer leaders and leadership advisors throughout all three components of the Army.<br /> <br /> You article and NGAUS’ focus on the important work done by dedicated senior warrant officers served to amplify our collective efforts.<br /> <br /> Jack Du Teil Executive Director U. S. Army Warrant Offciers Association<br /> <br /> Three Components<br /> <br /> Wow, multiple two-star generals at the state headquarters!<br /> <br /> Wow, chief of the National Guard Three-star and now four-star!<br /> <br /> Wow, chief of the National Guard Bureau a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff !<br /> <br /> Wow, a Guard soldier serves more than 20 years in uniform and is not a veteran! Remember the U.S. Army has three equal components: active, Guard and Reserve.<br /> <br /> No explanation necessary.<br /> <br /> Retired Col. Roy Nomey Louisiana Army National Guard<br /> <br /> Dumb Idea<br /> <br /> I am in shock at the ignorance of the proposal to cut drill pay for National Guardsmen. Those in leadership are comparing apples to oranges.<br /> <br /> Guardsmen on drill pay do not receive COLA or housing allowance.One day of drill pay is almost half of one day of active-duty pay in my state due to the lack of these benefits.<br /> <br /> Even when I am on orders less than 31 days, housing allowance is half of what an equal ranking active duty member makes.<br /> <br /> If we are truly going to be equal to Active duty, we need full COLA and housing allowance for every day of work, regardless of status, and free medical coverage for all.<br /> <br /> Hey, they’re only trying to make it fair, right?<br /> <br /> Let’s tell all the Guardsmen at war right now that not only do they have to look for a job when they get home, but we’re going to cut their pay in half.<br /> <br /> Let’s trim the fat and save money in our country where it makes sense, not in the lives and careers of the bravest who sacrifice every day for the country and state they love.<br /> <br /> Capt. Robert Zeitz Hawaii Air National Guard

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