CA National Guard Stretched to the Limit

State National Guard warns it’s stretched to the limit
Mark Martin, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Friday, May 11, 2007

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(05-11) 04:00 PDT Sacramento — As state forestry officials predict an unusually harsh fire season this summer, the California National Guard says equipment shortages could hinder the guard’s response to a large-scale disaster.  A dearth of equipment such as trucks and radios — caused in part by the war in Iraq — has state military officials worried they would be slow in providing help in the event of a major fire, earthquake or terrorist attack.

The readiness of the Guard has been described as a national problem and has become a political liability for the Bush administration, which came under fire this week when the governor of Kansas complained that the National Guard response to a devastating tornado in her state was inadequate. National Guard readiness has become a growing concern as the Guard has taken on extra responsibilities caused by the Iraq war and the increased threat of terrorism.

In California, half of the equipment the National Guard needs is not in the state, either because it is deployed in Iraq or other parts of the world or because it hasn’t been funded, according to Lt. Col. John Siepmann. While the Guard is in good shape to handle small-scale incidents, “our concern is a catastrophic event,” he said.

“You would see a less effective response (to a major incident),” he said. Read More

The White House has taken the tact of blaming Democratic Governors when disasters strike and the National Guard for their states cannot respond effectively.
I wonder what they will say to Arnold when it happens here?
It’s only a matter of time until we find out.

  1 comment for “CA National Guard Stretched to the Limit

  1. Robin Marcario
    May 13, 2007 at 11:36 am

    The name “National Guard” signifies national, meaning here in the USA, not international/overseas. The honorable people serving in the National Guard are continually contributing more than they originally signed up for. This is another example of disregard by the current presidential party in power to burden our service people with insufficient pay, health services, and demanding deployments in the middle of torrid temperatures in an ill conceived war, leaving us without “national” protection. Bring our guards and troops home!
    Thoughtfully, Robin Marcario

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