Personnel & Benefits

(Aug. 21, 2013) Airmen who are a bit too big around the middle may not automatically fail the Air Force physical fitness test, according to a memo today from the service’s chief of staff. The memo from Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, which was obtained by Air Force Times, allows leniency on the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the Air National Guard director, discussed a variety of topics last week at his first All-Call. The event, part of Focus on the Force week held at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., provided... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) The Army is about to get smaller. The chief of staff and the civilian leader of the service have made that clear. Army Secretary John McHugh and Gen. Ray Odierno, the chief of staff, have given their staffs until Sept. 11 to create a plan to trim funding and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) The Defense Department will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and  civilian employees. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that part of the Defense of Marriage Act is... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) More than 600,000 members of the National Guard and the Reserves would benefit from a bill introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and supported strongly by NGAUS. The National Guardsmen and Reservists Parity for Patriots Act, or H.R. 2907, would provide... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) President Barack Obama told a gathering of disabled veterans Saturday that the budget battle looming in Washington, D.C., puts care for veterans at risk. Although the Department of Veterans Affairs was exempted from the across-the-board cuts known as... Read more
NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The Associated Press has learned that furloughs facing Defense Department civilians, including 48,000 uniformed National Guard dual-status technicians, have been cut from 11 days to six. The report was circulated early this afternoon. The AP quotes officials... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 6, 2013) The Department of Veterans Affairs is defending itself against charges that it inappropriately denies claims from C-123 crew members who say they were exposed to Agent Orange after the Vietnam War. According to a lengthy article in The Washington Post Sunday... Read more
NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The first few months of 2013 saw a drop in military suicides from the previous year, but officials are not ready to say the decline is a trend, according to a report in Army Times. The Defense Department Suicide Prevention Office reported 157 suicide deaths... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 30, 2013) NGAUS believes an amendment to the fiscal 2014 National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 2397, is an important first step to ending the current furlough of National Guard dual-status military technicians and preventing their recurrence in the future. The... Read more

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