Kentucky National Guard on the way to the Horn of Africa


 

No one in the Regular Army to send to the Horn of Africa or Kosovo? I thought we had a standing army. Under the impression that we have men and women committed to serve in foreign lands as a full-time profession? Back to Somalia after Trump removed our forces.

The Army:

It is the largest military branch, and in the fiscal year 2020, the projected end strength for the Regular Army (USA) was 480,893 soldiers; the Army National Guard (ARNG) had 336,129 soldiers and the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) had 188,703 soldiers; the combined-component strength of the U.S. Army was 1,005,725 soldiers.

Instead we apparently call on men and women to leave their families and possible jobs for extended periods. Are these rarified positions that there is a shortage? Here is just a start.

“The Kentucky National Guard says about 150 soldiers are deploying to eastern Africa.” Look’s like it’s Somalia according to the link. This after Trump removed the forces apparently- 

US troops now ‘commuting to work’ to help Somalia fight al-Shabab –  April 2020.

When President Donald Trump ordered roughly 700 U.S. troops to withdraw from Somalia late last year, it decreased the American footprint there, but not the mission to help that country’s military fight back against al-Shabab, al-Qaida’s largest affiliate.

Three months after the completed drawdown, senior U.S. Africa Command leaders say that they are essentially doing the same work, but “commuting” from Europe and other East African countries to get it done.

“There’s no denying that the repositioning of forces out of Somalia has introduced new layers of complexity and risk,” Army. Gen. Stephen Townsend, AFRICOM’s boss, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. “… our understanding of what’s happening in Somalia is less now than it was when we were there on the ground, physically located with our partners. So we’re working to make this new mode of operation work.”

The Virginia and Kentucky National Guard are deploying 1,000 troops to the horn of Africa amid a continuing shift in U.S. war efforts away from the Middle East.

The U.S. has been increasingly operating in countries like Somalia and Niger as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have drawn down

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President Joe Biden in Sept. declared that the U.S. “for the first time in 20 years” is “not at war” in a speech to the United Nations. But in a June letter to Congress the Biden administration listed 10 regions and countries including several on the African continent in which troops are still engaged in combat operations against various militant groups.

About a month before that speech, an American drone targeted al-Shabab fighters who were engaged with friendly Somali troops. It is unclear how many militants and/or civilians were killed.

The mission comes at one of the busiest times in the Guard’s history with non-stop domestic activations as the force juggles its overseas missions. As of Monday, there are nearly 27,480 guardsmen overseas, including in the Middle East and Europe, according to data from the National Guard Bureau. In the U.S. 11,480 are activated in support of pandemic-related missions and more than 340 troops are supporting wildfire response efforts in California and Colorado.

You think maybe?

How about this one: Welcome back to school. Your new driver is wearing fatigues.

Oct 7, 2021 — Faced with a shortage of school bus drivers, Massachusetts has deployed more than 200 members of the National Guard to help nine communities …
 
So now it’s back to The Horn of Africa? That sounds swell.

A ceremony Saturday at the Lexington airport honored members of the Somerset-based 149th Infantry Regiment as they entered federal active duty, the National Guard said in a news release.

The unit will deploy under the command of a task force from the Virginia Army National Guard and provide security around the Horn of Africa, the statement said.

About 200 other Kentucky National Guard members are preparing for a separate mobilization to southeast Europe in early 2022. They will work with the Virginia National Guard in a NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, the statement said.

Source: WYKL

Kentucky National Guard“Kentucky National Guard” by The National Guard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 

Do I have this? 

Kentucky Army National Guard

The Kentucky National Guard is a unique dual-status force with a federal mission to provide a combat reserve for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to fight our nation’s wars and a state mission to provide a response force that answers the call of the Governor to defend the commonwealth. Its history dates back to 1775, when Kentucky was known as Fincastle County, a part of western Virginia.
 
Since its inception, the Kentucky National Guard has not only stood ready as an alert fighting force ready to defend Kentucky and America against those who would destroy our Democratic way of life, but this voluntary citizens Army has also served in times of national disaster.
 
The Kentucky Army National Guard is authorized approximately 7,250 personnel and has an approximate strength of 7,175 as of August 29, 2019.
Click HERE for information about joining the Kentucky Army National Guard.
 
I assume they are receiving Reserve pay since they are considered dual-status. It appears that there are other State National Guardsmen elsewhere that are not as fortunate and are called ultimately to serve in foreign lands. The ads say one can supplement their income assuming one can maintain a civilian job apparently.
 
It seems way too easy to find a geographic location for these men and women waiting to defend their country or at least someone’s country. They certainly try and make it financially worthwhile for them to lay in wait.
 

There are 192 countries in the world. We give out Aid to 150 of them. This doesn’t include that we have 120 military installations world-wide with hundreds of thousands of troops in an attempt to keep the world at relative peace. This is just what finished the Roman Empire.  Are we doomed to repeat it? From a post back in 2011.

No doubt Susan Rice and Samantha Power cannot wait to have another “Africa Spring” similar to what they were instrumental in having occur in the “Arab Spring”

Perhaps Peter Doocy could ask Jen Psaki at a presser how things are going down Africa way.

 

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31 Responses to “Kentucky National Guard on the way to the Horn of Africa”

  1. EHS Says:

    Jesus left that evil place awhile back.. The fellow in charge wears black wrapped around his horns.

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  2. SeaShell Says:

    This comment was off topic and has been removed.

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  3. Baysider Says:

    “not at war” ?? Where is this man living? Has he not seen BLM on the march? And their comrades in congress who a fighting the republic too?

    Mustang raised the question of national interests. Answer: distracting the population from the Biden/Pelosi advancing impoverishment. Oh. Wait a minute. Those would be POLITICAL interests.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      “The U.S. has been increasingly operating in countries like Somalia and Niger as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have drawn down”

      Why oh why must we move on to Africa???Guess we know why. This is a mistake. Let there be one death…and sadly there will be if we ever hear about it.

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  4. Bill H. Says:

    I’m kind of elderly, so my military thinking may be outdated. My ship was powered by diesel engines, not protons and neutrons. To me if the commander says, “Take the troops out of Somalia,” that means, “Stop fighting in Somalia.” Apparently, to today’s masters of the Puzzle Palace, that means, “Start fighting in Somalia with troops stationed in Italy.”

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  5. nrringlee Says:

    From my experience I learned one thing from Somalia. Somalia is war. It is the most brutal, fanatical and heartless form of civil/tribal war. It is existential war. There is only one cure. Jesus.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Apparently we need another Black Hawk Down…. I just don’t get it.

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    • Mustang Says:

      According to the U.S. Department of State (also known as Foggy Bottom), the United States has provided more than $3 billion in humanitarian assistance for Somalia since fiscal year 2006 to address the problems of drought, famine, and refugees. Since 2011, the United States has provided an additional $253 million in development assistance to support economic, political, and social sectors to achieve greater stability, establish a formal economy, obtain access to basic services, and attain representation through legitimate, credible governance. The United States works closely with other donor partners and international organizations to support social services and the development of an effective and representative security sector, including military, police, and justice sector while supporting ongoing African Union peacekeeping efforts.

      There’s a lot about this that I do not understand. Under the aegis of “national interests,” which I am beginning to believe is no more than a catchy phrase that allows the U.S. government to circumvent the Constitution while having carnal knowledge with the American taxpayer. If we had any true concern for social services, beyond the quest for global socialism, then we might consider supporting economic, political, and social sectors within the United States to achieve greater stability, provide access to basic services, and attain representation through other than communist pieces of shit now well-ensconced in every Democratic-run U.S. city.

      My other guess is that the U.S. government looks upon taxpayer-provided $3.253 billion as chump change and people like me should just STFU. And whatever isn’t working in Somalia, well, we’ll just bring those people to America at a time when we have high unemployment. That should settle matters nicely …

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      • bunkerville Says:

        No doubt funded by the missing oil reserves that I posted about earlier. I have tracked it down and our Congress has been selling it off in various bills for years. Just follow the money don’t you know.. This is turning into one disgusting story.

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  6. Mustang Says:

    It’s probably just me … the old brain just isn’t as sharp as it used to be — but I keep wondering, what are our national interests in Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, or Turkey? And, beyond the insane amounts of American cash that flows into those countries from military bases, why in the heck would these countries want a US military presence? During the not-so-cold war, a US military presence in Germany, for example, only made that country a Soviet target.

    Although I do suppose that with such a large footprint, there are plenty of places for members of Congress to “visit” during Congressional inspections.

    Ah … never mind. I’ve figured it out.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      It seems to appear to me the government has to look for countries to deploy to….. Am I correct these Reservists make about 40K sitting around? It was hard to figure it out with their dual status.

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    • Mustang Says:

      Most guard/reserve units do sit around with their thumbs up their asses on “drill weekends,” where they get two days’ pay for one full day of “drill.” While on their annual (two weeks) of active duty, they get regular active duty pay (and allowances). How much they make in a year depends on their rank and time in service. They don’t draw their pensions until age 62, though.

      The hidden cost of the guard/reserve is the expenses associated with the people who man training centers and maintain all the unit’s equipment during non-drill periods (weapons, vehicles, radios, etc.). In the Navy and Marines, those people are regular active-duty personnel, in the Army/Air Force, they’re DoD civilians during non-drill periods and reservists on drill weekends — the double-dippers who ultimately receive pension credits for both military and civilian federal service.

      To prevent guards/reservists from becoming eligible for active duty retirement, the services make sure that they don’t exceed 179 days of active duty in any one fiscal year. If you wonder how “proficient” these people are, think of the Abu Ghraib fiasco, and that about sums up the worthiness of reservists in our national defense.

      The other problem is that by sending guard/reserve units to Africa, who’ll guard the U.S. capital against unarmed insurrectionists? Well, I suppose we can always rely on the Minnesotan Somalis.

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  7. Linda Says:

    Peacekeeping, my foot. Just saying.

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  8. markone1blog Says:

    Although it is a different military grouping (Texas State Guard), don’t forget the 10,000 Guardsmen at the border (along with the Texas state troopers and troopers from numerous states).

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  9. markone1blog Says:

    I say send Representative Omar and the portion of Minnesota was found to support al-Shabab in the 2019 study back. Just call it done.

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  10. peter3nj Says:

    How about this: There are enough Somalian “immigrants” of military age in all our cities big and small surely having been granted instant citizenship now driving cabs who could be trained and sent back to fight for their once homeland. But then we would be short Uber drivers here so nix that idea.

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