A Reduction of Military Forcesby Representative Ted S. Yoho
Posted on 2014-01-16
YOHO. Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague, my friend,
Congressman Perry, from the great State of Pennsylvania, for organizing
this Special Order to talk about the importance of the National Guard
to our great Nation.
The Third District of Florida is home to the Camp Blanding Joint Training Center and to over 2,000 National Guardsmen and -women and their families. And we in the Third District of Florida, as well as the State of Florida, are extremely proud of the National Guard and of their service in the past, and especially in the recent years in the wars in the Middle East. They answered the call and performed admirably.
The National Guard is a cost-effective force that is integral to the effectiveness of the United States military. Over the past 12 years, Congress has invested billions of dollars to train and equip the National Guard as an operational reserve. It would be a disservice to the taxpayers and to national security to squander this investment away.
They are that well-regulated militia, the minutemen of our Nation, which is necessary in order to have a free and secure Nation. They are ready, when called upon, to aid our Nation in times of need. Be it for national security or for national disaster, they answer the call.
We must ensure that their effectiveness and readiness is not adversely affected by a lack of our foresight. We are proud of all of our Guardsmen and -women, and we must not forget the great sacrifices that they have made in defense of our Nation.
Again, I want to thank my colleague, Mr. Perry, for arranging this Special Order. Thank you for your service, too.