Skip to comments.Pentagon, governors face off over military reserve
Posted on 08/14/2009 8:27:28 AM PDT by Califreak
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I read the story in my local paper this morning.
I’m retired military, US Army Reserve. Actually did 15 active duty and 5 “reserve” years to get to 20.
It’s not clear in the story whether it was the Pentagon or some state governors who initiated the discussion.
I guess it boils down the fact that many National Guard units are deployed or are being prepared for deployment. Their availability to assist in a state disasters has been diminished.
Individual states own the NG units garrisoned in them. State governors are those units CinCs. USAR units are Federal and therefore come under the auspices of The Department of Defense. US president is CinC.
It appears the states want to command and control USAR units that might be deployed to assist in local disasters.
I think are Constitutional issues and/or legal issues associated with gambit. I also don’t think it should be a big deal if a governor and his staff coordinate with the USAR unit commander rather than command he or she.
In general it is unlawful for Federal units—Active or Reserve components—to do anything but train within US boundries. In any case, up to now, states with deployed units have been coordinating with neighboring states to help out if they have a disaster. I’ve not heard of any problems with this pragmatic approach.
It’ll be interesting to see where this story goes.
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