DVIDS – News – Brown: “The National Guard…truly at the heart of it all.”
COLUMBUS, Ohio (08/27/22) – As the Air Force’s 75th anniversary approaches, the service is transforming – bringing changes that force Airmen to feel comfortable being unwell comfortable, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. told National Guard leaders gathered here Saturday.
“I reflect on the fact that our service was created on a foundation of innovation and forward-thinking, and how we need to harness that mindset and harness change to move from the strength we have today to the one needed to meet our pace challenge,” the Air Force Chief of Staff said. “We’ve done it before, and I’m confident we can do it again.”
The biggest security threat facing America, Brown said, is military modernization and the dangers posed by China and Russia. He said the National Guard would be part of the solution.
“The Guard plays a key role in solving these complex challenges, and air power is vital and in high demand,” Brown said. “I know that. Our Air Guard knows that. And combatant commanders have proven it by continually asking for more air power.
Airmen cannot assume that the service’s current capabilities and posture will be relevant forever, Brown said.
“This transformation forces us to review our posture,” he said. “To broadly examine how our Air Force should be positioned over the next 10 to 20 years based on threat-driven requirements… [it] requires changes and difficult choices.
Throughout his career, the Air Force’s highest-ranking officer saw the contributions of the National Guard, and he cited many examples, from his time commanding a fighter squadron that included guardsmen, till today.
Brown was the Air Component Commander of US Central Command during the Defeat ISIS campaign.
“The Guard was permanently deployed and fully integrated into the campaign, working seamlessly side-by-side with active duty,” he said. “You couldn’t actually tell where one component ended and the next began.”
Among other examples of Air National Guard contributions to Total Force, Brown praised the Missouri National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing which flew the B-2 Spirit out of Whiteman Air Force Base.
“They recently returned from a deployment to Australia, where they partnered and trained with the Royal Australian Air Force, providing full-spectrum B-2 Global Strike expeditionary combat capabilities, sending the message to both our adversaries and to our allies and partners that … our Air Force can deliver air power, anytime, anywhere.
New York National Guard crews with the 109th Airlift Wing flew Brown to Antarctica on a ski-equipped LC-130 Skibird.
“We will be challenged, under the most austere conditions, to include both the southern and northern regions of the Arctic,” he said. “Our day-to-day operations demonstrate that we are still working, still building, still preparing, and still deterring. Thank you New York Guard for the unique capability you provide.
CSAF also noted the California National Guard, which has completed more than 1,000 exchanges with the Ukrainian Armed Forces over nearly 30 years through the Department of Defense’s National Guard State Partnership Program, or SPP. .
“Some people may be taken aback by Ukraine’s skill in combat,” Brown said, “but I can assure you the California National Guard was not, because they’ve been training together for a couple of years. decades.”
California is partnered with Ukraine in the 93-nation SPP that aligns state and territory National Guardsmen with foreign nations in support of Combatant Command’s cooperative security objectives.
“That’s the payoff when you invest in partnerships, and what peacetime campaigning can lead to in times of conflict or crisis,” Brown said.
He called for a forward presence, the conduct of exercises and training, the strengthening of alliances and partnerships, and the maximization of interoperability – the ability of military units and their equipment to operate together – all areas where guarding is exceptional.
The Alaska Air Guard’s close integration with their active duty C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft counterparts; the rescue of people and dogs by the Kentucky Air Guard after the July floods; Wyoming Air Guard support of US Forest Service wildfires; the more than 600 Air National Guard personnel who provided safe passage for Americans and Afghan allies during Operations Allies Welcome and Allies Refuge last year – all examples cited by Brown that speak to the Guard’s continued contribution to total strength.
During discussion after his remarks, Brown stressed the need to move from the long-established facilities familiar to many service members to a concept of building austere quarters from the ground up, operating for short periods, then demolishing and moving into potential future conflicts.
He also emphasized the doctrine of taking the initiative in the absence of orders, a crucial American advantage against adversaries.
“In an environment where a lot of things are going to be uncertain?” he said. “You can’t sit around waiting for instructions. You have to go out and run.
Brown’s bottom line? Transform. Modernize. Embrace change. Be comfortable being uncomfortable.
“We certainly cannot drive change without the collaboration and support of the National Guard,” he said. “The National Guard is essential to the defense of our nation. You have unparalleled unique experience, expertise and mission sets…acquired through your dual civilian-military identity, and share these with our active component counterparts, as well as our allies and partners.
“The National Guard,” added CSAF, “is there for the nation and is truly at the heart of it all.”
|Date posted:||28.08.2022 20:17|
|Location:||COLUMBUS, OH, USA|
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