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American Legion State Commander Ron Larose and Northern Area Commander Tom Scanlon share an elbow bump after honoring airmen with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard. (Air National Guard)

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Illustration on needed training for the National Guard by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Actor Tom Selleck served in the army as part of the California Army National Guard from 1967 to 1973

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M$ Carbine - Senior Airman Benton Pohlman, a 180th Fighter Wing security forces specialist, Ohio Air National Guard, fires an M4 carbine rifle during target practice April 12, 2017, at the Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Mich. Weapons training allows Airmen to provide protection of the homeland and effective combat power to their combatant commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)

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Beretta M9 pistol - Staff Sgt. Nathan A. Hruska fires his Beretta M9 pistol during a weapons qualification Aug. 15, 2014, at Operation Northern Strike in Alpena, Mich. Northern Strike was a 3-week exercise led by the National Guard that demonstrated the combined power of joint and multinational air and ground forces. Hruska is a tactical air control party specialist with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron. TACPs were with the Air National Guards 169th ASOS from Peoria, Ill., and more than 5,000 other armed forces members from 12 states and two coalition nations participated in the combat training. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

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Col. Frank Detorie, left, commander of the 103rd Airlift Wing at the Bradley Air National Guard Base shows Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy the cargo area of a C-130 aircraft, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in East Granby, Conn. Malloy was on hand to mark the opening of a new, $14.3 million, federally funded maintenance facility for the Connecticut Air National Guard's fleet of eight C-130s. (AP Photo/Susan Haigh)

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts greets Neb. Army National Guard soldiers as they get off a bus to a welcoming ceremony in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, July 13, 2017. About 90 Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers, members of the 1st Infantry Division Main Command Post-Operational Detachment, met their families for the first time after spending the last 9 months deployed in Iraq. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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The Oregon Air National Guard conducts an F-15 flyover during the opening ceremonies at the Olympic Track and Field Trials, Friday, July 1, 2016, in Eugene Ore. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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The Oregon Air National Guard conducts an F-15 flyover during the opening ceremonies at the Olympic Track and Field Trials, Friday, July 1, 2016, in Eugene Ore. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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Retired Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn, former Director of the Army National Guard, offers remarks about how the National Guard became involved in the nation's dropout crisis, Oct. 21, at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Ark. The National Guard honored Vaughn's leadership and vision for the GED Plus Program by renaming it the Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn National Guard GED Plus Program. (U.S. Army Photo by Speciallist Tyson Shields)

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"I was ... mind-boggled and didn't understand at all how this could be part of a strategic plan in what they're talking about," Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard and Iraq War veteran, said on CNN. "That you're not only outlining the timeline — which is troubling, but you're also talking about specifically how many troops, how many brigades, where they're coming from, and what they're going to be doing." (Associated Press)

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In this April 19, 2011 file photo, a member of the National Guard checks on his colleague inside a Border Patrol Skybox near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez, File)

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On Military Appreciation Night for Veteran's Day at the Nassau Coliseum, the 106th Rescue of the National Guard unfurled the United States flag during the singing to the National Anthem before the NHL hockey game between the New York Islanders and the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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A National Guard recruiter was barred from distributing promotional t-shirts at a New York high school after teachers realized the shirts featured the silhouette of a soldier holding a rifle. (CBS 6 Albany)

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Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 157th Field Artillery, Colorado Army National Guard fire tracer rounds from the M240B at Fort Hood, Texas. (Image: U.S. Army)

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** FILE ** A C-130 Hercules from the North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air Force)

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