Please excuse this ignorant Canadian, but what is the role of the US National Guard in foreign wars and actions? I know that National Guard troops saw active, frontline duty in Korea and Vietnam. And, as yesterday’s “friendly fire” tragedy attests, they are currently serving in Afghanistan.
But, is the Guard not charged with preserving/defending internal security? And, even if part of its mission does have to do with particpating in overseas conflicts, would that not be superfluous given the potency of the other arms of the US Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines)?
So, what is the role and mission of the National Guard in foreign conflicts?