NGAUS Washington Report
(Feb. 12, 2013) Two members of Congress elected in November who are officers of the National Guard addressed the National Guard Educational Foundation Legislative Workshop Monday in Washington, D.C.
Briefings delivered at the 2013 Legislative Workshop (PowerPoint format)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, addressed the workshop at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters, in the afternoon, and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., spoke at a reception on Capitol Hill in the evening.
Gabbard, a captain in the Hawaii National Guard, told about 100 legislative action officers from around the Guard and industry representatives that sequestration is still up in the air. She said it was being used by some as a “political tool.”
“I wish I could give you some kind of secret insider info,” she said.
Duckworth is a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Guard who lost both legs when the helicopter she was flying was shot down in Iraq in 2004. In remarks, she pledged her support for the Guard while serving in Congress.
The workshop also heard from Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, a panel of congressional staffers and Col. Robert Preiss, who discussed the recent study by the Reserve Forces Policy Board citing the cost-effectiveness of the reserve component.
Pete Duffy, the NGAUS acting legislative director, said it was the best workshop in recent memory.
“The value of the legislative workshop is in providing attendees with insights in how to build effective relationships with congressional staff and others who have the influence to impact the Guard,” he said.
The workshop was sponsored by Sikorsky, AM General, Cobham, EADS North America, Jacobs, LORD Corporation, Northrop Grumman, AgustaWestland North America, Alenia Aermacchi, Chris Mears & Associates, Inc., Elbit Systems of America and Lockheed Martin.