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June 29, 2012

House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Buck McKeon (R-CA), sent a letter yesterday to the House Rules Committee arguing that the provision in the Appropriations bill related to prohibiting the use of funds for sports sponsorship is subject to a point of order.  In essence, he is arguing that the provision is authorizing in an appropriations bill, which he believes goes beyond what the...

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June 27, 2012

Last week the Department of Defense in a letter to Congressional members announced that it will stop scheduled Air Force transfers until Congress finalizes the 2013 budget. This is long overdue considering both the House and Senate months ago included language in the National Defense Authorization Act...

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June 26, 2012

"Hurry up and wait." - It's a familiar expression long associated with life in the armed forces: the endless lines, the delays...

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June 22, 2012

Don't worry, loyal readers. We didn't die of heat stroke this week when temps shot up to "ZOMG, do we live on the sun!?" However, we're convinced that someone should engineer suits made of that Under Armour Heat Gear stuff since wool suits are crazy hot, and we've...

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June 21, 2012

The Air Force announced yesterday that it has withdrawn two C-27J cargo planes from Afghanistan and plan to replace them with C-130s to pick up the slack, presumably though the...

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June 20, 2012

Last week Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Co-Chairs of the Senate National Guard Caucus, reached out to the nominee for the next Chief of Staff of the Air Force,...

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June 19, 2012

Members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate circulated a letterto their colleagues in Congress asking them to co-sponsor a Concurrent Resolution honoring the National Guard’s 375 years of...

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June 18, 2012

An exciting start to a Monday! As you all may know, last year's National Guard Empowerment bill that passed in the FY12 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included the creation of the Vice Chief, National Guard position. Today, we can confirm that ...

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June 15, 2012

As another busy but productive week draws to a close, we have to wish a happy (belated) 237th birthday to the Army! We blame the delicious creole food, courtesy of the Louisiana National Guard, wafting up the stairs at 3pm yesterday for the brain hiccup. 

What we've been up to....

  • On Monday, we...
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June 14, 2012

Senate Appropriators on the Subcommittee on Defense (SAC-D) met yesterday morning to hold a hearing on the FY13 Defense spending bill. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Undersecretary of Defense...

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June 13, 2012

Yesterday, we hosted 57 officers from 31 different states here at NGAUS for the Air National Guard Commanders Development Course. It was a great day filled with presentations, NGAUS and NGB briefings and panel discussions with Hill Guard fellows as well as Military Legislative Assistants (MLAs) from the House and Senate.

As you can imagine, a lot of the discussion...

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June 11, 2012

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder triggered by exposure to a traumatic experience such as an interpersonal event like physical or sexual assault, exposure to disaster or accidents, combat or witnessing a traumatic event. This month is ...

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June 8, 2012

Hope everyone has had an amazing first week of June. Temps may be creeping up in the 80s and 90s across the country, but the average temperature in most Washington, DC offices is hypothermic tundra. That's a fact. The summer snuggie is actually a "thing".

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June 7, 2012

Sometimes you see a picture like this, and it just melts your heart. And this is probably the only time you'll see a Black Hawk helicopter look this adorable, so we had to share.

It's rare to find the words "I'm Cute And Loving It" anywhere near a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter...

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June 6, 2012

Today, Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) introduced the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (S. 3228), which would require "the President to provide a report detailing the sequester required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on January 2, 2013."

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June 5, 2012

Last night, the Senate Armed Services Committee published the finalized bill and committee language for the FY13 National Defense Authorization (NDAA). As we discussed last Wednesday, the bill includes a lot of great things for the Guard. However, after further reviewing the...

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June 4, 2012

A once partisan amendment known for it's continual failure and opposed by the National Guard Association of the United States has recently passed the House Defense Appropriations Committee. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) convinced Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) to join her effort this year to restrict the way the Department of Defense focuses their recruiting and retention operations. The...

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June 1, 2012

Coming back from a warm and sunny holiday weekend, the NGAUS legislative team was ready for action.

  • On Tuesday, we came back fresh off a long and beautiful holiday weekend, celebrating all those service members who bravely served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. With the Senate in recess this week, we were watching the House floor.
  • On Wednesday, we got a...
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