Army Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard Readiness, Training and Operations, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Readiness of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, Hearing Held September 21, 2011 [open pdf - 0B]
From the opening statement of J. Randy Forbes: "Just 10 days ago, we marked the 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on our homeland. That day, as we all know, literally changed our world, and led us into a long-term global war on terrorism, a fight where our reservists and our National Guard members are full partners. In the intervening 10 years, our Reserve Components have been stretched thin as they have been called upon to provide many of the enabling capabilities for the Active Duty Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom. They provide support, such as intelligence gathering, airlift, close air support and security forces. At the same time, the National Guard still must fulfill their traditional mission of supporting the states during emergencies such as the recent flooding and fires. There is no walking away from either mission. Their significant combat support role in Iraq and Afghanistan makes it clear that we cannot go to the fight without our Reserve Components. According to the Department of Defense's recent study, the 'Future Role of the Reserve Component,' the Reserve Component is an irreplaceable and cost-effective element of overall Department of Defense capability. The report specifically stated, 'Unless we had chosen to dramatically increase the size of the active components, our domestic security and global operations since September 11, 2001 could not have been executed without the activation of hundreds of thousands of trained reserve component personnel.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Madeleine Z. Bordallo, J. Randy Forbes, Raymond W. Carpenter, Jack C Stultz,, and Harry M. Wyatt.
H.A.S.C. No. 112-67; House Armed Service Committee No. 112-67
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