- Wendy Anderson: National Guard is more than simply a critical component of our nation's fighting force
- It is also the connective tissue bridging the civil-military divide, she says
Wendy R. Anderson is an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a partner at Strong Eagle Media, and an Executive Producer on Citizen Soldier. From 2010-2014, she served in the Department of Defense, as Deputy Secretary Ash Carter's Chief of Staff and Secretary Chuck Hagel's deputy Chief of Staff. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)Fifteen years ago today, on September 11, 2001, members of the Air National Guard leapt into action -- scrambling F-16s, putting their lives at risk, and serving as the vanguard between our country and its enemies. This should come as no surprise. The first American militia, founded in 1636, consistently lives up to the motto "Always Ready, Always There."