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Proviso Probe

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Blagojevich, Madigan & Air National Guard

Have I mentioned that Forest Park would benefit from moving five Army Reserve units from the Forest Park Reserve Center to the National Guard base north of Cermak and west of First Ave?

Oh, yeah, I did.

Blagojevich and Madigan are going to court to challenge the DOD on moving an Air National Guard unit from Illinois to Indiana. See the State Journal-Register (Adriana Colindres):
Blagojevich and Madigan maintain the Pentagon's May recommendation to move the aircraft violates federal law that requires governors to consent to any type of realignment involving a state's National Guard bases.

At the risk of wandering out of Proviso this case should be interesting.

If the courts back the feds, it makes the Air National Guard a second Air Force Reserve.

I'm not persuaded there needs to be an Air National Guard independent of the Air Force Reserves and the National Guard. Why do we need an Air National Guard? What would be different if it ceased to exist? Guys wouldn't get to fly jets on the gov't dime?

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