Air National Guard Cuts

Washington Report (November 4, 2014) Two of the nation's leading military associations have joined together to ask Congress to get rid of automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, and retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, the... Read more
Washington Report (October 7, 2014) Rep. John Carney, D-Del., is spending the congressional recess pushing his plan to allow the Air Force to target certain upgrades to the C-130H to keep the aircraft flying. He was in New Castle, Del., Monday to discuss the issue with National Guard leadership in... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2014) Efficiency and seamless integration are the name of the game as the Air Force works to define the roles of each component in the Total Force. That's according to Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the chief of staff of the Air Force. Welsh was a featured speaker Saturday... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) Legislation introduced in the Senate would allow the Air Force to seek a more affordable overhaul of the C-130 aircraft's communication and navigation systems to keep them flying beyond a deadline for such improvements. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has bipartisan... Read more
Washington Report (July 22, 2014) A Senate panel has signed on to a request from the adjutants general to modernize the Air National Guard's C-130 aircraft so they adhere to planned changes in regulations from federal and international civil aviation authorities. The Senate Appropriations... Read more
Washington Report (June 24, 2014) The House approved last week a defense spending bill that blocks the retirement of the A-10 aircraft and approves a pay raise of 1.8 percent for military members. A detailed look at the House version of the defense appropriations bill can be viewed here. The... Read more
Washington Report (June 17, 2014) The Senate is likely to include funding for the A-10 Thunderbolt for at least another year. This comes after a House committee voted not to fund the close-air support weapon that the Air Force wants to retire.  Defense News quotes sources on Capitol Hill saying... Read more
Washington Report (May 13, 2014) The House Armed Services Committee hunkered down May 7 for a long day – and night – of debating the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Shortly after midnight the following day, the committee passed its legislation, often called the HASC mark, which... Read more
Washington Report (March 11, 2014) The Air Force's plan to retire all A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft would impact four Air National Guard wings, but those wings would receive a new flying mission.   Air Force documents released Monday show that the Guard units would not lose positions when the A-10s... Read more
In a briefing Monday afternoon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined key priorities in the fiscal 2015 defense budget. Highlights: Reduction of tactical air squadrons to include the entire A-10 fleet. Retire 80 more aircraft, including the entire KC-10 tanker fleet and the Global Hawk Block... Read more

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