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National Guard to have a seat at the Joint Chiefs Table?

No more eating at the kiddie table?

National Guard Backed For Spot On Joint Chiefs

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a voice vote, the Senate on Monday night backed expanding the Joint Chiefs of Staff to include the National Guard despite the opposition of the current chairman and service chiefs.

Some 70 co-sponsors joined Senators Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, and Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, in their effort to expand the group.

Mr. Leahy argued that the roles of the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard had changed significantly in a post-Sept. 11 world. The service chiefs said there was no compelling reason to alter the status quo.

I think that the Long War has proven the need for and the effectiveness of the Guard (National Guard and Air National Guard).