Mikulski Announces Support for Army Force Structure Commission to Promote the Mission of the Maryland Army National Guard

Senator reaffirms commitment to 7,200 men and women of Maryland National Guard keeping America and Maryland safe

April 23, 2014

BALTIMOREU.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today met with Maryland Adjutant General Major General James A. Adkins and leaders of the Maryland National Guard at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore where she announced her support for a proposed national Commission on Army Force Structure to promote the mission of the Maryland Army National Guard keeping Maryland and our nation safe.  

"The Maryland National Guard is always on the job protecting us at home and abroad whenever there is danger or disaster. That's why I'm standing sentry to support the men, women and families of the Maryland National Guard," Senator Mikulski said. "Today I'm announcing my support for a national Commission on Army Force Structure to defend the Guard against budget cut attacks. I want the Maryland Guard to have a seat at the table for National Guard budget priorities in today's more frugal fiscal environment. Because a robust Maryland National Guard means a more safe and secure Maryland, protecting lives and livelihoods."

As the military continues to downscale with the end of combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army has proposed a 10 percent reduction in National Guard personnel, and removes the Guard's Apache helicopters as part of its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget request. This proposed budget would cut 300 Maryland National Guard personnel. A proposed national Commission on Army Force Structure would freeze cuts to personnel and equipment for the Army National Guard for two years while the Commission works to make a more balanced decision.  

Senator Mikulski has been a strong supporter of the National Guard and has fought to give the Maryland Guard the resources it needs to serve and protect Maryland and our nation. As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fought to ensure the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 included $12 million for the Maryland Air National Guard and over $4 million to fund the National Guard Network Warfare Center located at Fort Meade, Maryland. The bill also allocated $8 million for the Middle Cyber Intelligence Facility which supports 269 Guardsmen conducting cyber operations.

Maryland National Guard

 

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) met with members of the Maryland Army National Guard at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore to announce her support for a national Army Force Structure Commission to protect the mission of the Maryland National Guard.

Maryland National Guard

 

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) met with members of the Maryland Army National Guard at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore to announce her support for a national Army Force Structure Commission to protect the mission of the Maryland National Guard.