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PERRY AND BRYANT: Air Force move cripples emergency response
Redeploying transports wastes money, puts Gulf Coast residents in danger
Question of the Day
Since the Air Force plan was introduced in February, governors and their adjutant generals have attempted tirelessly to negotiate a compromise with senior leadership at the Defense Department to mitigate the drastic and unjustified cuts to the Air National Guard. In fact, in a letter dated March 5, we raised this issue with President Obama directly, hoping he would personally instruct the Air Force to alter its course. Unfortunately, the needs of the Gulf Coast states have fallen on deaf ears, as we still have received no response.
Last month, the Defense Department offered what it considered a compromise, with vague promises of reduced staff cuts and the nonspecific deployment of 24 C-130s currently slated for decommission because of age and safety concerns. We’ve rejected this offer, and the Air Force has conceded that its proposal fell far short of what our states need.
We are continuing to call upon Congress to reverse this decision and keep these indispensable assets where they’re needed most - manned and supported by experienced personnel and operated by people who know and understand the specific challenges of dealing with emergencies along the Gulf Coast.
Anything less than that is a horrible mistake that needlessly places many lives in danger.
Rick Perry is the Republican governor of Texas. Phil Bryant is the Republican governor of Mississippi.
By Andrew P. Napolitano
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