EANGUS Workshop Gathers at NGAUS

NGAUS Washington Report

(Feb. 5, 2013) The 2013 EANGUS legislative workshop met this morning at NGAUS, with talks from National Guard Bureau leadership and members of Congress on the agenda.

Attendees arrived in the nation’s capital Saturday evening for three full days of meetings to determine the legislative efforts of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. The group met Sunday and Monday at a local hotel before coming to the National Guard Memorial today.

Presentations today included a discussion of the modernization of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and discussion about pertinent legislation on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., who retired in 2009 as a colonel in the Arkansas National Guard, talked about the active component’s attempt to make disproportionate cuts to the National Guard to save money.

“I just think that’s a terrible miscalculation,” he said.

At a time of diminishing resources, he said, “it just makes sense” to protect the most cost-effective resources, which includes the Guard.

Asked about folding the Army and Air Force Reserves into the Guard, he said, “I see some wisdom in that.” He said it makes sense from a command-and-control perspective as well as from a logistical perspective.

The EANGUS Congressional Awards reception is scheduled for tonight in the Hall of States at the NGAUS headquarters. Learn more about EANGUS at www.eangus.org.

NGAUS will hold its annual legislative liaison workshop next week. Click here for more information.