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May 31, 2012

For members of the National Guard, who are sometimes called on to respond to domestic disasters or deploy overseas, it's critical that they know and understand their reemployment rights once they return from duty.

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May 30, 2012

In a closed door session late last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee marked up their version of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Since it was closed and staffers are typically very tight-lipped about the details until the actual bill emerges, which by the way can take days or weeks, we have to wait. Listening through the walls just makes us look silly.

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May 29, 2012

Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! 

We've been over the moon at the great response we've had for our blog with over 2,100 views to date! That's amazing! If you enjoy our stuff, we want you to...

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May 25, 2012

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...
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May 24, 2012

It's with heavy hearts that we write that it's one of our very dear colleague's last day here at NGAUS. 

Kevin McColaugh, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager for Army Programs, has been with NGAUS  for 3 years and has worked tirelessly for the National Guard for over 5 years. He leaves us to join the government relations team at a defense company. If you've had the...

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May 22, 2012

Here at NGAUS, we love analyzing things. I guess you could call us "left-brainers". As we mentioned in our very first blog post, our job is to help you understand what's going on in the National Guard and in Congress in simple, understandable ways. We pore through a lot of bills and legislative proposals and try to make...

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May 21, 2012

An amendment offered to the House FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), and Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) to extend full Space Available (Space-A) benefits to members of the National Guard and their dependents was...

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May 18, 2012

Today marked the, somewhat epic, conclusion of the House National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 4310). Over the past few weeks, the NGAUS legislative team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the voices of the the men and women of the National Guard were heard. We are please to say, we did just...

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May 17, 2012

The House Appropriations Committee approved the defense spending bill for the coming fiscal year today.

The panel adopted a number of amendments to the $607.7 billion draft measure for fiscal 2013, including:

Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) – The amendment adds report language to clarify that the Air Force should refrain from reducing any Air National Guard or Air Force...

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May 16, 2012

The House Appropriations Committee on Defense released the report to accompany their draft FY13 funding bill today.

The bill is very positive for the National Guard.

For the Air National Guard, the bill would prohibit the retirement or transfer of all aircraft...

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May 15, 2012

KC-46A Basing Announcement Includes One ANG Wing

The NGAUS Air Team spent the morning reviewing the official basing criteria announcement for the KC-46A. According to the Air Force’s press release they will begin fielding the aircraft in 2016 starting with the Formal Training Unit (FTU) and one main...

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May 14, 2012

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a happy Mother's Day! Another busy week here at NGAUS as the House takes up the defense authorization bill as soon as Wednesday and will need a couple days to finish it. The full House Appropriations Committee is slated to mark up the Military Construction measure on Wednesday. Military Construction appropriations will see subcommittee and full-...

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May 11, 2012

We bring this second week of May (already?) to a close with a weekly wrap up, our new Friday feature summarizing everything that's happened this week and a preview of what to expect next week.

What we've been up to....
-On Monday, NGAUS started a blog. Obviously. (Thanks for reading!)
-On Tuesday, the House Appropriations...

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May 10, 2012

After a grueling battle of amendments, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed their version of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of committee this morning at 2 a.m. The bill includes several NGAUS priorities, including halting cuts to the Air National Guard. The bill will now go to the full House for consideration.

Representatives Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and...

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May 9, 2012

It's been a crazy couple of months here at NGAUS! But if you know us, you know we live for this kind of stuff.

This year, our main focus has been trying to halt the Air National Guard cuts (191 aircraft, 5,100 personnel). Thankfully, our message has been echoed and carried through a groundswell of outspoken opposition to these cuts from...

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May 7, 2012

Welcome to the NGAUS Legislative Corner – our new blog about what’s happening at the intersection between the National Guard, Congress and your daily lives (it's a 3-way stop). We plan to make this blog a conversation. We understand that what goes on in Washington can be confusing and sometimes even overwhelming. Many times, it even leaves us scratching our own heads, but as your...

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