Posted on December 8, 2004
WASHINGTON - In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today asked for details of what is being done to ensure that the 278th has the best equipment possible to aid them in the difficult missions they are undertaking in Iraq. "Tennessee's 278th is one of our nation's finest National Guard units," said Frist. "We must ensure that they are able to accomplish their mission safely and successfully. I'll continue to work with Major General Hargett of the Tennessee National Guard and the Secretary of Defense to provide adequate resources for our men and women in combat." "The 278th is Tennessee's largest National Guard unit and one of the country's most distinguished," said Alexander. "I attended two events for them in Knoxville and at Camp Shelby in connection with their deployment to Iraq. We often say that we have the best equipped fighting forces in the world, and I want to make sure that's true." Frist and Alexander are making the inquiry based on news reports of a conversation between Secretary Rumsfeld and a member of the 278th Armored Cavalry Division in which a member of the 278th expressed concerns about equipment and vehicle needs.