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Navy Reserve Forces Commander meets National Guard Adjutants General at USTRANSCOM

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070409-03
Release Date: 4/9/2007 1:24:00 PM

By Lt. Col. Cliff Mirabella, U.S. Transportation Command Public Affairs

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Craig O. McDonald, Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command, met with National Guard adjutants general from across the country and the other Reserve component chiefs here at a combined conference hosted by U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), March 28-29.

“I feel honored to have hosted this first combined Reserve Component Chiefs and Adjutants General Conference,” said Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Commander of USTRANSCOM. “Guard and Reserve personnel are more than 56 percent of USTRANSCOM’s workforce,” he explained, “We simply couldn’t do our jobs without them.”

For several years, USTRANSCOM has hosted separate conferences for the Reserve component chiefs and for the National Guard adjutants general. This year, to avoid potential scheduling conflicts and because both conferences deal with many of the same issues, Schwartz decided to combine the two events.

Taking the conference theme, “Teamwork,” to heart, Air Force Reserve Maj. Gen. Harold L. Mitchell, director of USTRANSCOM’s Reserve Component Directorate, spoke about the opportunities the combined event offered.

"We must take full advantage of this conference of Reserve component chiefs, adjutants general, and USTRANSCOM to build on our relationships, build on our synergies,” said Mitchell, “and ultimately to strengthen our team, as we go about our business of supporting the warfighter."

The conference attendees received briefings on USTRANSCOM’s mission, capabilities, initiatives and components commands. They also heard an address by video teleconference from Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England. England spoke about the importance of the Guard and Reserve contribution to the nation’s defense and the global war on terrorism. He also praised the National Guard “Youth ChalleNGe” Program, a preventive rather than remedial at-risk youth program aimed at 16 to 18 year old high school dropouts.

Other presentations included Dr. John Hillen, president of Global Strategies Group and former sssistant secretary of state for political military affairs, speaking about the challenges of the global war on terrorism.

The conference participants also heard from former chief of Air Force Reserve and current commissioner with the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves (CNGR), James E. Sherrard III, who explained the CNGR and its mission.

“It’s my hope that this year’s conference attendees found the speakers and presentations on a variety of issues useful as we together face the many challenges in the execution of our mission,” said Schwartz.

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