National Guard February 2012 : Page 8

LETTERS & UPDATES Telling Our Story This is a quick note to compliment Cathleen Pearl on her excellent article ( “Why We Must Tell Our Story,” Novem-ber ). She was quite right in decrying how little the public knows about or understands the National Guard, except in a few negative ways. In fact, I recently heard a political guest on a major news program pro-claiming that we should put soldiers on the U.S. border with Mexico to help stem illegal immigration. The news anchor reminded her that the Guard is already there, and she re-sponded with something to the effect that she meant “real soldiers,” like those redeploying from Iraq. The Guard needs to develop some sort of speakers bureau with related subject-matter presentations and a structured mechanism for getting the word out. This is especially true as we face extreme budget cuts and the Guard is once again likely to become a first-choice target. I agree that the message has to begin at the state level, and there are certainly plenty of experienced former commanders, senior officers and senior NCOs who could and should volunteer to help out if requested. Retired Maj. Gen. George T. Garrett New York Army National Guard I am shocked that a chaplain would honestly believe that a loving, merci-ful God would ever view the incred-ible suffering of one of his children as a “supreme act of ingratitude.” Lastly, such a callous, judgmental view of those who died while expe-riencing terrible emotional suffering is insulting to the memories of those suicide victims as well as to their sur-viving comrades and family members. The philosophy espoused in the article has no place in a journal rep-resenting members of the U.S. Armed Forces. As a devout Episcopalian, I find this type of Bible-thumping fun-damentalism to be very offensive to my beliefs. I am sure that my Jewish, Muslim, agnostic and atheist com-rades in arms would agree. Col. Dean L. Winslow Delaware 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 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 by e-mail members@ngaus.org, phone (888) 226-4287 or the members only section of www.ngaus.org. CERFP State I loved the article ( “Building Re-sponse,” January ) detailing the Guard’s new CBRNE-response-forces mission set. I would like also to point out that Kentucky is a new CBRNE enhanced response force package state. National Guard is an outstanding product that I look forward to reading each and every time. The article was spot-on in its content and facts. I just wanted to make sure everyone knows Kentucky is a proud new member of the CERFP community and we will be validating as such this May with our external evaluation. Maj. Brian G. McMorrow Kentucky Air National Guard Connect With Us Advertisers this Month Boeing Cover IV Delta Dental 18 DRASH Cover III EADS North America 25 Fort Hays State University Virtual College 7 Hontek Corporation 3 Immediate Response Technologies 19 Liberty University Online Cover II Management and Training Consultants Inc. 17 National Guard Memorial Museum 13 NGAUS Insurance Trust 47 NGAUS Membership 2, 39 NGAUS USAA Rewards World MasterCard 45 Reno Tahoe USA 43 Rheinmetall 11 SilverTowne, L.P. 19 Thomas Edison State College 15 USAA 9 Suicide’s Cause I was troubled by the publica-tion of Chaplain (Capt.) Darren T. Ronsick’s Last Word ( “Supreme Act of Ingratitude,” November ). Suicide strikes close to home for me. During the time I served as commander of the 447th Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron in Baghdad in 2008, I pro-nounced death on four young people who killed themselves. As a father of three children, performing this duty was deeply disturbing to me and I feel incredibly sad to this day. The chaplain’s piece is very con-cerning on a number of levels. First, it displays the chaplain’s lack of under-standing of the psychological factors underlying suicide. Second, it repre-sents a perverted view of Christianity. 8 Corrections South Dakota is mislabeled in the map depicting the location of Guard CBRNE response forces in the Janu-ary article “Building Response.” The Virginia National Guard Association Conference will be held April 20 to 22. The dates were incorrect in the January issue. The photo of Florida Army Guard soldiers in December Guard Roots article “Reflections at Dusk” misidentified their unit. They are members of the 53rd Infantry Brigade. FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION: Anya Atwood, Client Service Associate (214) 291-3660 anya@mohanna.com www.ngaus.org/advertising | National Guard

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Telling Our Story<br /> <br /> This is a quick note to compliment Cathleen Pearl on her excellent article (“Why We Must Tell Our Story,” November).She was quite right in decrying how little the public knows about or understands the National Guard, except in a few negative ways.<br /> <br /> In fact, I recently heard a political guest on a major news program proclaiming that we should put soldiers on the U.S. border with Mexico to help stem illegal immigration. The news anchor reminded her that the Guard is already there, and she responded with something to the effect that she meant “real soldiers,” like those redeploying from Iraq.<br /> <br /> The Guard needs to develop some sort of speakers bureau with related subject-matter presentations and a structured mechanism for getting the word out. This is especially true as we face extreme budget cuts and the Guard is once again likely to become a first-choice target.<br /> <br /> I Agree that the message has to begin at the state level, and there are certainly plenty of experienced former commanders, senior officers and senior NCOs who could and should volunteer to help out if requested.<br /> <br /> Retired Maj. Gen. George T. Garrett New York Army National Guard <br /> <br /> Suicide’s Cause<br /> <br /> I was troubled by the publication of Chaplain (Capt.) Darren T. Ronsick’s Last Word (“Supreme Act of Ingratitude,” November). Suicide strikes close to home for me. During the time I served as commander of the 447th Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron in Baghdad in 2008, I pronounced death on four young people who killed themselves. As a father of three children, performing this duty was deeply disturbing to me and I feel incredibly sad to this day.<br /> <br /> <br /> The chaplain’s piece is very concerning on a number of levels. First, it displays the chaplain’s lack of understanding of the psychological factors underlying suicide. Second, it represents a perverted view of Christianity.<br /> <br /> I am shocked that a chaplain would honestly believe that a loving, merciful God would ever view the incredible suffering of one of his children as a “supreme act of ingratitude.”<br /> <br /> Lastly, such a callous, judgmental view of those who died while experiencing terrible emotional suffering is insulting to the memories of those suicide victims as well as to their surviving comrades and family members.<br /> <br /> The philosophy espoused in the article has no place in a journal representing members of the U.S. Armed Forces. As a devout Episcopalian, I find this type of Bible-thumping fundamentalism to be very offensive to my beliefs. I am sure that my Jewish, Muslim, agnostic and atheist comrades in arms would agree.<br /> <br /> Col. Dean L. Winslow Delaware Air National Guard<br /> <br /> CERFP State<br /> <br /> I loved the article (“Building Response,” January) detailing the Guard’s new CBRNE-response-forces mission set. I would like also to point out that Kentucky is a new CBRNE enhanced response force package state.<br /> <br /> National Guard is an outstanding product that I look forward to reading each and every time. The article was spot-on in its content and facts. I just wanted to make sure everyone knows Kentucky is a proud new member of the CERFP community and we will be validating as such this May with our external evaluation.<br /> <br /> Maj. Brian G. McMorrow Kentucky Air National Guard<br /> <br /> Corrections<br /> <br /> South Dakota is mislabeled in the map depicting the location of Guard CBRNE response forces in the January article “Building Response.” The Virginia National Guard Association Conference will be held April 20 to 22.The dates were incorrect in the January issue. The photo of Florida Army Guard soldiers in December Guard Roots article “Reflections at Dusk” misidentified their unit. They are members of the 53rd Infantry Brigade.

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