Equipment for Guard Included in Omnibus Bill

NGAUS Washington Report

(Jan. 22, 2014) Congress provided the National Guard with significant money for equipment in the $1.1 trillion funding bill passed this month for fiscal 2014. The omnibus bill, which includes all 12 appropriations bills, was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama.

Lawmakers gave the Army Guard an additional $100 million for Humvee upgrades, $75 million for UH-72 Lakota aircraft and $60 million for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

The Air Guard receives $40 million to ensure the six units transitioning to the MQ-1 Predator and the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft. The money ensures the units will be properly equipped for the new mission.

Also, the law provides more than $47 million for the C-130 avionics modernization program.

The National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account will receive $315 million each for the Air Guard and the Army Guard.

A complete NGAUS analysis of the law can be found here.