Annual Report (62nd) of the Chief, National Guard Bureau for the Fiscal Year 1968 [report]

1968 unpublished
This 62nd Annual Report of the Chief, National Guard Bureau, covers Fiscal Year 1968. It is respectfully submitted as an official record of Guard operations during this important 12-month period. Your attention is invited to the sections on the partial mobilization of the Army and Air Guard, the deployment of Air Guard units overseas, the assistance given civil authorities in the control of civil disorders, and to the reorganization of the Army Guard. The Executive Order placing 9,178 Air
more » ... meo, in three tactical wings, with 11 tactical groups and specialized support elements, on active duty as of 26 January 1968, represents the 11th time in our history that the Guard has been mobilized. This was followed on 11 April 1968 by an Executive Order mobilizing 13.633 Army Guardsmen, together with two additional tactical fighter groups and one aeromedical evacuation group from the Air Guard. We are proud of the response made by the individual Guardsmen to these orders, and we are proud of their state of training readiness on reporting for active duty. The mobilization has proven the effectiveness of the Air Guard Combat Beef, and the Army Guard Selected Reserve; Force concepts of adequate resources plus training time to produce readiness. The combat operations of the mobilized Air Guard units that have been deployed to Vietnam further bear out the Combat Beef concept. The units deployed to Korea are also a credit to Combat Beef training. We are confident that the Army Guard units, when deployed, will perform no less creditably. The account in this report of civil disorder operations covers the lessons presented in Newark and Detroit in the summer of 1967, and the Guard's success in applying these lessons in the disorders of last Spring. We believe that the Guard demonstrated once more its reliability as the military arm of the governors of the respective States for maintaining law and order, and for protecting the lives and property of the citizens. The Army Guard section of this report tells of the major reorganization that, starting on 1 December 1967, was completed as of 1 June 1968. We believe this ranks among the most significant organizational changes ever made in the Army Guard structure in that each unit is assigned a war plans mission, and is assured of the resources with which to train for this mission. The cooperation of the governors of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, and the government of the District of Columbia in reaching agreements on the troop structure made the reorganization possible. In the final analysis, all achievements of the year rest upon the support received from the Departments of Defense, Army, and Air Force, and the governors. This we gratefully acknowledge. In addition to the operations that I have mentioned, there are others recounted in the following pages that I believe merit the pride that we have in the contribution that the Guardsman makes to the security of our nation, its communities, and its individual citizens.
doi:10.21236/ada016360 fatcat:mdraunh3lngytngkrx6wfq73mu