Weekly Wrap Up-House and Senate Both Agree to Stop Air Guard Cuts

It's certainly been a busy week of ups and downs. Thankfully, mostly ups!

What we've been up to....

  • On Monday, we discussed the DoD's latest move to relegate the Guard to second-class citizenship when they adamantly opposed an amendment offered to the House's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have given Guard members and their families full Space-A benefits. An important issue to our members, NGAUS will continue to work this issue.
  • On Tuesday, we talked about a great tool that NGAUS creates to help you understand the big pieces of legislation related to the National Guard. Our analysis documents are always available in the Legislative Action Center and are updated frequently as they move through the process.
  • On Wednesday, the National Guard and Reserves testified (video) before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense concerning FY13 funding and structure changes. 
  • On Thursday, we said a tearful goodbye to our colleague and friend, Army Program Manager, Kevin McColaugh, who will be joining a defense company in Arlington.
  • This morning, we got some BIG news! Last night, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) joined the House in rejecting the Air Force plan to cut 5,100 personnel and 134 aircraft in FY2013 to the Air National Guard! HUGE!! Another major hurdle cleared. Pause for effect.....and then read what SASC Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) had to say about it. Senators Levin and McCain both hammered the Air Force in their press releases with McCain reminding the Department of Defense to "Never underestimate the influence of the National Guard.”

We couldn't agree more.  ;)

As we close out this week, a reminder that Memorial Day is Monday. Enjoy your long weekend and reflect on why we observe this holiday- to commemorate the soldiers, airmen, sailors and marines who have bravely served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. We give thanks to their unyielding dedication and faithful service to our Nation. 

"All gave some. Some gave all."

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