WASHINGTON (May 22, 2014) ― The National Guard Association of the United States today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, on today’s final House passage of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act:
“National Guardsmen across the country owe a debt of gratitude to the U.S. House of Representatives today for including a provision in the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that would create a National Commission on the Future of the Army.
“This action represents more progress toward our goal of getting America’s Army right for 2020 and beyond.
“More than 200 members of the House co-sponsored legislation to create a commission, but a few deserve special thanks. They include Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina, who introduced the original bill in January, and Representative William Enyart of Illinois, who worked with Representative Wilson to move concept of an independent look at future Army force structure through the House Armed Service Committee.
“We also greatly appreciate the seven members who co-authored the commission amendment that won approval on the House this week: Representative Sam Graves of Missouri, Representative Andy Barr of Kentucky, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Representative Candice Miller of Michigan, Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Representative Nick Rahall of West Virginia and Representative Tim Walz of Minnesota.”
“Today we also learned that the Senate Armed Services Committee has included language in its version of the fiscal 2015 bill that would create an Army commission.
“As Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus, told reporters this afternoon, today was ‘a good day for the Guard.’ Today is also a good day for America’s Army―all of America’s Army.”
Reporters, Editors & Producers: Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett is available for interviews or to appear as a subject matter expert on defense issues related to the National Guard. Contact John Goheen at 202-789-0031 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview or appearance.
About NGAUS: The association includes nearly 45,000 current or former Guard officers. It was created in 1878 to provide unified National Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by petitioning Congress for more resources. Today, 136 years later, NGAUS has the same mission.