(Washington D.C.) Iowa Senator Charles Grassley continues to press for answers from the defense department and the air force regarding the rationale used to propose elimination of the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard based in Des Moines. Grassley says the argument to this point doesn’t add up.
“The active duty Air Force couldn’t absorb more cuts and it was somehow the guards turn to take some cuts,” stated Grassley. “I would hope that such a decision would be backed up by some objective analysis to determine the right mix of reserve components of active duties as opposed to its the guards turn?”
Grassley says if the defense department goes ahead and cuts the air National Guard it will be getting the lease of savings and the most damage to our National Security efforts.
Grassley questioned defense Secretary Leon Panetta about the guard’s decision during a senate budget committee hearing this morning.
Iowa Radio Network
February 28, 2012