National Guard April 2011 : Page 16

CAPITAL VIEW By U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers Our Priority sions, overseas defense missions, and our ability to do both missions cost-effective-ly—prove that the National Guard is a great value for America. In upcoming years, the U.S. Armed Forces will be expected to con-tinue to provide services at the highest level without continued budget increases. The National Guard provides the Department with a solution to this challenge.” According to the same report, there are currently around 75,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen deployed overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Guanta-namo Bay and the Sinai. Broken down, the Guard makes up 40 percent of the Army’s operating force and around a third of the Air Force, while using only 5 percent of the Defense Department’s base budget. As the title of the report indicates, the National Guard truly is a great value, which is an asset in the current economic environ-ment. Moving forward, the value proposi-tion of the National Guard will remain important as Congress continues looking for ways to reduce unnecessary spending and duplicative programs. Serving in the Ohio Guard has been an honor, and the experience has been helpful in my new role in Congress. I am committed to using this platform to give a voice to the issues facing the National Guard and our national defense. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments on cutting government spending or any other federal issue. The author, a Republican, represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which covers the center of the state, including the state capital, Columbus. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Ohio Guard. He can be contacted in his district at (614) 299-6415 and in Washington, D.C., at (202) 225-2015. His website is www.stivers. house.gov. Rep. Steve Stivers R-Ohio Reducing the debt requires a review of every program . This includes the Pentagon. FIRST JOINED THE Ohio Army Na-tional Guard in 1985 as a way to give back to our country, and I view my new role as a member of Congress as another r way to serve the people of Ohio. w Compared to the more than 25 years I have served in the National Guard, my c career as a congressman is short, but it has b been a busy three months. The 112th Congress is off to a strong a and productive start, and we have made reducing government spending a priority. r If we want to give our children a b brighter future where they are not buried under a mountain of debt, then we need to learn to live within our means today. That is why this Congress has made reducing government spending a priority, and we will continue to move forward with our commitment to restore fiscal responsibility to our country. Across Ohio and the nation, families like your own prioritize their budgets to make ends meet. You should expect no less of Congress. We did not land in this spending crisis overnight and we will not turn it around overnight. Vote by vote, Congress can and will re-duce the out-of-control spending and debt. However, this effort will require a review of all federal programs and departments to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer dol-lars. This includes the Defense Department. On May 8, 2010, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates asked the military services to review their operations and spending to find 2 to 3 percent in reductions. In response to Secretary Gates’ request, Gen. Craig R. McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, released a report entitled “The National Guard: A Great Value for America.” In the report, McKinley stated, “Three main elements—domestic support mis-I 16 | Na tional Guard

Capital View

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers

Our Priority<br /> <br /> Reducing the debt requires a review of every program. This includes the Pentagon.<br /> <br /> I FIRST JOINED THE Ohio Army National Guard in 1985 as a way to give back to our country, and I view my new role as a member of Congress as another way to serve the people of Ohio.<br /> <br /> Compared to the more than 25 years have served in the National Guard, my career as a congressman is short, but it has been a busy three months.<br /> <br /> The 112th Congress is off to a strong and productive start, and we have made reducing government spending a priority.<br /> <br /> If we want to give our children a brighter future where they are not buried under a mountain of debt, then we need to learn to live within our means today. That is why this Congress has made reducing government spending a priority, and we will continue to move forward with our commitment to restore fiscal responsibility to our country.<br /> <br /> Across Ohio and the nation, families like your own prioritize their budgets to make ends meet. You should expect no less of Congress.<br /> <br /> We did not land in this spending crisis overnight and we will not turn it around overnight.<br /> <br /> Vote by vote, Congress can and will reduce the out-of-control spending and debt.<br /> <br /> However, this effort will require a review of all federal programs and departments to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. This includes the Defense Department.<br /> <br /> On May 8, 2010, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates asked the military services to review their operations and spending to find 2 to 3 percent in reductions.<br /> <br /> In response to Secretary Gates' request, Gen. Craig R. McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, released a report entitled "The National Guard: A Great Value for America."<br /> <br /> In the report, McKinley stated, "Three main elements–domestic support missions, overseas defense missions, and our ability to do both missions cost-effectively– prove that the National Guard is a great value for America. In upcoming years, the U.S. Armed Forces will be expected to continue to provide services at the highest level without continued budget increases. The National Guard provides the Department with a solution to this challenge."<br /> <br /> According to the same report, there are currently around 75,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen deployed overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Guantanamo Bay and the Sinai. Broken down, the Guard makes up 40 percent of the Army's operating force and around a third of the Air Force, while using only 5 percent of the Defense Department's base budget.<br /> <br /> As the title of the report indicates, the National Guard truly is a great value, which is an asset in the current economic environment. Moving forward, the value proposition of the National Guard will remain important as Congress continues looking for ways to reduce unnecessary spending and duplicative programs.<br /> <br /> Serving in the Ohio Guard has been an honor, and the experience has been helpful in my new role in Congress.<br /> <br /> I am committed to using this platform to give a voice to the issues facing the National Guard and our national defense.<br /> <br /> Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments on cutting government spending or any other federal issue.<br /> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br /> <br /> The author, a Republican, represents Ohio's 15th Congressional District, which covers the center of the state, including the state capital, Columbus. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Ohio Guard. He can be contacted in his district at (614) 299-6415 and in Washington, D.C., at (202) 225-2015. His website is www.stivers. house.gov.<br />

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