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DCANG Yanks its Mission Statement

Andrews Air Force Base houses the District of Columbia Air National Guard (DCANG) Units. The DCANG has a website, http://www.dcandr.ang.af.mil, with a mission statement. The mission statement was changed between April 19 and September 13, 2001, with the new version missing the earlier "To provide combat units in the highest possible state of readiness."

The removal of this key part of the mission statement was apparently first noted on the emperors-clothes.com website.

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authors: John Flaherty and Jared Israel
Consider. The military never makes public all its air defense procedures. If it did, a potential enemy could entirely circumvent defenses. So key air procedures are kept secret.

Therefore one can be sure that air defense information posted on the DCANG Website on April 19, 2001 and available to the general public excluded some key defense procedures. They would *understate*, not overstate.

When DCANG stated that its Mission was "To provide combat units in the highest possible state of readiness," they were indicating a general approach but leaving out the nitty gritty details. They were saying: 'Don't worry; we're ready. But we're not going to tell you our emergency plans.'

Given this understandable reticence, the phrase, "To provide combat units in the highest possible state of readiness," means that the DC Air National Guard at Andrews Air Force Base had fighter jets ready for an emergency.

The Internet Archive at archive.org is a publicly accessible digital library with a web spider that archives often-incomplete snapshots of websites at various points in time. Archive.org recorded www.dcandr.ang.af.mil on September 13, 2001, having last recorded it on April 19, 2001. The post-attack snapshot shows the site to have undergone a face-lift. The previous mission statement is gone.

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The mission statement of the pre-9/11/01 DCANG site contained the following.

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To provide combat units in the highest

possible state of readiness. We will support

the Air Force and other DOD agencies. We

will provide operational support to our

local communities whenever possible.


To be the premier organization in the Air

National Guard recognized as the

benchmark for fulfilling our federal, state,

and community missions.


After the facelift, the page describing the DCANG's mission read as follows:

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title: About the DCANG: Mission & Vision

Navigation Head

A b o u t t h e D C A N G

Mission & Vision

113th Wing Mission

Provide the Air Force with fighter, airlift and support units capable of world-wide deployment.

113th Wing Vision

Professionally recognized as the premier unit in the Air National Guard. Promote the growth and development of a cohesive force. Strengthen the partnership with the DC National Guard and local community. Perform new and challenging missions.

Headquarters Mission

Be the premier State Head Quarters in the Air National Guard, Critically linked to our units and influencing the future of the DCANG.

Headquarters Vision

To provide peacetime command and control and administrative mission oversight to support customers, DCANG units, and NGB in achieving the highest levels of readiness.

If you would like to join the DC Air National Guard and help us fulfill our mission, call 1-800-610-4921 (or 301-981-2820), send an email to Recruiters@dcandr.ang.af.mil, or complete our information request form.

24 Jul 2001

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