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Stop the Active Duty Plan to Take All Apache Helicopters from the National Guard; Save Billions Annually!

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A strong militia has always been the foundation of our Nation's freedom. Under the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), Active Component (AC) Army plans to take ALL Apache helicopters from the Reserve Component (RC - this includes Guard & Reserves), claiming they can operate more effectively and for less cost. Please lend your support to House Resolution 3930, which calls for a halt to this plan for 2 years and a freeze on reducing the current force structure of the Guard, allowing time for an independent study so that all facts can be considered and an informed decision made. But the ARI is only part of the problem... under proposed plans, EVERY State is at risk of losing a significant number of soldiers - lost jobs, revenue, & assets that provide a ready and viable resource to your State.
Compared to AC, the Reserve Component is:

1) 1/3rd the cost with the same operational performance.
2) On average older, more experienced aviators & mechanics.
3) Have a significantly better accident record & don't rely on costly civilian contract aircraft maintenance support.

It?s not just AH-64 Apaches that are up for grabs, but all OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters. The RC is home to many AC aviators & mechanics who eventually leave Active Duty. If the Guard loses these units, your State is at risk. As you know, these units come with more than just helicopters, but with hundreds of soldiers & ground equipment that can be used in response to any number of local emergencies.

In the last 5 years, AC has crashed 15 Apaches due to pilot error - known as "Class A" accidents. One Apache helicopter costs about $30 million ? this is a sum loss of ~ $450 million by Active Duty. In contrast, the Reserve Component has lost 0 Apaches due to pilot error in this time. There is a direct correlation between lower accident rates and the more experienced aviators & aircraft maintainers found in the RC. The RC has more continuity in personnel and have very solid training programs that AC should strongly consider borrowing from.

Is the nation willing to dismantle all Guard Apache units and throw away over a third of the Apache aviators & maintainers who are the most experienced (and least costly) in the Army? The Army would actually INCREASE its vulnerability by doing so. It will take a generation to train a replacement force for this loss of this experience. What?s not tangible here is the cost accrued over years of flight training to mature a new pilot into a seasoned combat pilot. It takes time to develop aviators, mechanics, & leaders... and this time is money already spent. Protect the Guard: Protect the Nation.
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Public Comments
May 17th, 2014
Someone from Far Hills, NJ writes:
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I was both active duty and guard avation and the guard units have both out preformed both in missions & safty compared the active duty. Keep the units in the hands of the states.
May 17th, 2014
Someone from Madison, MS signed.
May 16th, 2014
Someone from Layton, UT writes:
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Taking the Apaches from the Guard is the dumbest idea ever. It is a huge waste of time and money for all of the trained and skilled pilots and crew chiefs to go back to school and learn new airframes. Not to mention all the combat flight experience lost. I pray that the decision makers really sit down and think about the serious consequences of removing Apache helicopters from the National Guard. They are actually doing a huge disservice to our country and our armed forces.
May 16th, 2014
Someone from Saint Joseph, MI signed.
May 16th, 2014
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT writes:
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Please don't waste the time and money invested in the fine men and women of the national guard. They are equally qualified and have an excellent service record on this airframe.
May 15th, 2014
Someone from Vista, CA signed.
May 15th, 2014
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT signed.
May 15th, 2014
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT writes:
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Compiling all of one element into one area is a bad idea. Learn from our history i.e. Pearl Harbor. Example may be different from the topic on hand, however the overall lesson is the same.
May 13th, 2014
Someone from Grand Prairie, TX signed.
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May 8th, 2014
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May 7th, 2014
Someone from Austin, TX signed.
May 7th, 2014
Someone from Laredo, TX signed.
May 7th, 2014
Someone from Hutto, TX writes:
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The stigma that National Guardsmen are second-class Soldiers is unacceptable and flat-out wrong. We do more, better, with less time available.
May 7th, 2014
Someone from Austin, TX writes:
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The National Guard has answered Congress' call, performed above and beyond expectations, and carried the burden of extended deployments over the past decade. We deserve better.
May 7th, 2014
Someone from Red Oak, TX writes:
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Support the National Guard
May 6th, 2014
Someone from Butte, MT signed.
May 6th, 2014
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May 5th, 2014
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May 5th, 2014
Someone from Fort Rucker, AL signed.
May 5th, 2014
Someone from Durham, NC signed.
May 5th, 2014
Someone from Hanover, PA signed.
May 5th, 2014
Someone from North Salt Lake, UT writes:
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WE HAVE INVESTED TOO MUCH TIME, MONEY AND HUMAN RESOURCES TO THROW IT AWAY. MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS...LEAVE US ALONE.
May 2nd, 2014
Someone from Ashburn, VA signed.
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Someone from Ashburn, VA signed.
May 2nd, 2014
Someone from Ashburn, VA signed.
May 2nd, 2014
Someone from Conroe, TX signed.
May 2nd, 2014
Someone from Van Buren, MO writes:
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I support HR3930 and want all Reserve Component Aviation units to remain functional and fully funded!
May 2nd, 2014
Someone from Van Buren, MO signed.
May 2nd, 2014
Someone from Knob Noster, MO signed.
May 2nd, 2014
Someone from Brigham City, UT signed.
May 1st, 2014
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT writes:
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This would appear to be a no-brainer, yet it is still up for contention. Has Congress gone mad?
May 1st, 2014
Someone from Salt Lake City, UT writes:
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Fiscally sound and expertly practical in the Guard.
May 1st, 2014
Someone from Tacoma, WA signed.
May 1st, 2014
Someone from Ogden, UT signed.
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