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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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May 1st, 2014
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Apr 30th, 2014
Someone from Kearney, MO writes:
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DON'T TAKE THEM
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Someone from Midvale, UT writes:
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It seems safer to have the military more spread out across multiple states than to put all our eggs in one basket in the event of an attack on the U.S.. Please support the current National Guard system.
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Apr 28th, 2014
Someone from Willis, TX writes:
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I pay for those helicopters with my taxes and I feel safe when I see them flying over my house every week. I demand that they stay with the Texas National Guard in Montgomery County.
Apr 27th, 2014
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Apr 26th, 2014
Someone from American Fork, UT writes:
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If I can convey one thing to everyone, to the bean counters it?s all about numbers. The leaders that make decisions are often mis-informed on reports and data they receive. Its our job IMO to make sure they have all the data to form an objective decisions on facts that are not biased one way or another. Pro?s and Cons from both views with supporting factual data. The reports that I have read IMO are not doing this, it is one sided with agenda's that are not in the tax-payers best interest. The leaders are not being informed with all the proper data to support decision being made at this time. I have tried to stay neutral due to the nature of the position I am currently in for my profession. Many view my opinions as biased for the NG because I was in the NG for 25 years. I have been to almost every Apache unit across the globe. Every NG unit meets the standard that our AD counterpart?s performs with less funding. In many instance we actually do more with joint service training and missions with the Special Operations Units, Air Force, Marines and Navy. I find myself scratching my head how in the beginning it was being sold as it would save money, they had to switch tactics and sale it as state mission now and that NG unit take longer to stand up and deploy. NG unit take longer because Big Army made it that way not the NG. NG Apache units could deploy just as easily as AD units from Home Station. Big Army made the requirement not the NG.
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Apr 25th, 2014
Someone from Galveston, TX writes:
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My brother in law is in the Army reserves and also works at Ellington Field in Houston TX. Removing Apache helicopters will cause him to lose his job and be reassigned in the reserve.
Apr 25th, 2014
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