Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett, Jr., continues:
"This not only squanders the opportunity to leverage the Air Guard to retain combat capability at a time when reductions must be made, it reduces the Air Force's ability to quickly respond to unforeseen contingencies in the future.
"Also troubling is the process by which Air Force officials are revealing the budget. The ink has been dry for weeks, yet details are deliberately being released in bits and pieces over several weeks, with those most affected among the last to know. The men and women who wear the uniform deserve better. So do the members of Congress, who will ultimately determine the budget's fate.
"Finally, while a few Air National Guard officials were participants in the secret Air Force deliberations to formulate this budget, it's now clear to me that the Air Guard was never allowed to be a full partner in the process."