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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HARPER. Mr. Chair, I rise today in support of my amendment, numbered 35, to the National Defense Authorization Act. This straight forward amendment requests a review and study by the Secretary of the Air Force on the decision to cancel or consolidate the Air National Guard Component Numbered Air Force Augmentation Force in Fiscal Year 2013.

This Air National Guard Augmentation Force enhances Active Duty Air and Space Operations Centers, or AOCs, across the Continental U.S. and across the globe on a regular basis. They support each AOC's respective mission and provide a rapid and familiar response to ensure mission success. Many AOCs have stated bluntly that their work would be greatly degraded if their Augmentation Force went away.

This amendment quite simply requests a review of the United States Air Force's decision to consolidate and cancel some of these Groups in the FY13 budget to ensure this decision is indeed cost effective and does not harm national security. The Air Force's Total Force Integration Phase IV Memo recognized the need for additional augmentation units, I now question how and if that need has subsided, and if it has, what has diminished it. I would like to thank our troops at home and abroad for their service in keeping this country safe. I would also like to thank the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee for their hard work on this year's Defense Authorization bill.


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