Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, underscored the critical role community support plays in sustaining the military, during remarks delivered Friday during the city of Fairbanks’ 50th Annual Military Appreciation Banquet. Lengyel flew to Alaska after changing his travel plans to attend the dignified transfer at Dover AFB of the nine Puerto Rico National Guard members killed in last week’s crash of a C-130 Hercules.
“I only know as bad as that pain is today for the Puerto Rico National Guard, it is because of families and friends and community support that runs deep that they will recover,” Lengyel said. Community support — from families and employers — is especially important in the case of the National Guard because of the dual role played by Guard members, reported Army public affairs. “[The] support, the trust, and the confidence of the American people … may well be the most important weapon in our nation’s arsenal,” he said.
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