On Sept. 27, there was ceremony held at the headquarters of the 135th Airlift Group of the Maryland Air National Guard. It was a very important ceremony to the members of the unit, yet there was media mention whatsoever. Wonder why?
Ask our governor, lieutenant governor and the people our votes sent to Washington. Maybe they can explain. The ceremony mentioned was the deactivation of the group. They are no longer needed. They were going to be replaced by the thousands of transfers from other bases to our Aberdeen Proving Ground. That hasn't happened.
The 135th was needed and considered worthy of going to Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. They were even considered being worthy of being stationed in Baltimore during the riots. But now, "the powers that be" find it necessary to disband them.
The 135th wasn't just a military group, they were family-oriented people who held "family day" each year, plus a Christmas party for the children of the members, and a dinner every year for the ROTC members of the city. They were called out for emergencies (train wrecks, floods, etc.) and now they are not needed?
Maybe there was no media coverage because "our leaders" now know they made a mistake. There is an old saying, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." It is especially appropriate for this situation.
Caroline Trimmer, DundalkCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun