A Cost-Effective, Professional Force

The Air National Guard is a highly professional and cost-effective force, attributes that are exceedingly important as the United States grapples with meeting national security demands while reducing a staggering national debt, said Lt. Gen. Bud Wyatt, ANG director. “Based upon its traditional, part-time professional workforce and because we operate primarily from civilian airports and small community bases, we provide the cost effectiveness that this country needs at this critical time,” he said before the House Armed Services Committee’s readiness panel Wednesday. Wyatt noted that the Air Guard is currently “the most professional, combat-ready force” in its history. “Today’s Guard airmen understand that the nation needs more of them than one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer, and they are ready and willing to answer the call,” he added. “All they ask is that we continue to provide them with the equipment, the training, and the resources they need to accomplish the mission.” (Wyatt’s prepared statement)