Re: Active Duty vs. Guard in a Deployed Environment
It varies. My last deployment in Afghanistan I roomed with a Guard Chief...he was a maintenance guy from Charleston AFB but was filling a logistics requirement. He was like 58 years old, never deployed before, never worked logistics before. I got to know him before we even got there because we were in CST together. He came across as a gruff old bastard at first and initially people avoided him. After a few weeks the whole camp knew this guy and as time went by they all grew to love the guy. After his six months was up an Army General was so impressed he asked him if he could come back. He went home for 3 weeks and then went back and did another 6 months. Great guy and made things happen once he learned the job and hit his stride. The young troops really took to him as well once they got past their initial fear of him. I couldn't have asked for a better roommate either.
I've also worked with several guard units and not all were good. However, Birmingham ANG guys have come out and helped out several units I've been with since 9/11. They are a great bunch of NCOs and SNCOs. My dealings with them spanned over 3 years when all put together....they were a huge help when all I really had at the time was young Airmen just barely keeping their heads above water. I would have them all back in any unit I was at in a heartbeat. Include Otis ANG in that too.
I've had some bad experiences with other Guard unit's and I'm sure they would say the same about us. Personally, I find a Guard unit's performance more of a direct reflection of their leadership than active duty unit's would be. Why? Because their leadership...whether good or bad...stays with them forever. For example...the Birmingham unit had a CC that was all about making a difference and pitching in in anyway they could and it reflected in his troops attitudes. However, like active duty not all Guard CCs are good...and the ones that aren't usually have shitty unit's because many of these guys will never see another CC and they think that's just the way it is and always will be.
Last edited by BRUWIN; 06-09-2012 at 04:22 AM.
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