Equipment Shortfalls Still Hamper National Guard

WASHINGTON (AP) - The chief of the National Guard says after six years of war, Army National Guard units are short of the equipment they need to defend the homeland.

Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum says while Guard units heading to Iraq and Afghanistan are well-equipped, those at home have as little as one-third of the needed trucks, radios, and other gear.

Blum told reporters it will take an extra $13 billion over the next five years to get stateside Guardsmen 90 percent of what they need.

Alabama has several Army Guard units based in Iraq and surrounding countries.

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