Bush dismisses report he skipped Air National Guard service
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Texas Gov. George W. Bush on Tuesday dismissed a newspaper report
suggesting he had not fulfilled his Texas Air National Guard service.
"I spent my time and I went to the Guard. It's just not true. I did the
duty necessary...any allegations other than that are simply not true," Bush
An article in Tuesday's Boston Globe reports a one-year gap in Bush 's
service record with the Texas Air National Guard, with no record of any drill
activity from May 1972 to April 1973. Attendance at regular drills was a
requirement of part-time Air National Guard members.
Bush joined the Air National Air Guard as a pilot in 1968 and served the
first four years of his service based in Houston. In 1972, he moved to Alabama
to work on the U.S. Senate campaign of Winton M. Blount, where he said he
fulfilled his guard service locally on weekends. Upon leaving the campaign,
Bush moved back to Houston where he completed the remainder of his six-year Air
National Guard commitment.
Responding to the Globe's report that his Alabama base commander had no
recollection of Bush ever showing for drills, the governor said "I pulled duty
in Alabama and I read the comments and the guy said he didn't remember me.
That's 27 years ago, but I remember being there."
Asked about his Air National Guard attendance record, Bush told
reporters it was "spotty attendance but I did the duty necessary... I did the
time that was required in the Guard."
Bush acknowledged that he was granted special permission to fulfill part
of his Guard service in Alabama and that he was also given an early release to
attend Harvard Business School, but denied that it was due to any favoritism
because of his father's prominence.