NGAUS Seeks Lawmaker Input to AF Panel

NGAUS Washington Report

(July 9, 2013) NGAUS wants congressional involvement in an upcoming meeting of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. The association is sending to Capitol Hill this week a notice about the meeting to encourage lawmakers to take part.

The meeting will be held July 23 in Crystal City, Va., and is to include think tank representatives, Air Force leadership and officials from the Congressional Budget Office.

NGAUS thinks input from lawmakers, either in person or in statements submitted to the panel, is important for the commission’s understanding of the issue.

Mary Catherine Ott, the NGAUS legislative affairs manager for Air and cyber programs, said, “Congress created the commission and should be provided the opportunity to publicly address the commission to advocate on behalf of its constituents. Testimony from members of Congress will give the commission the full spectrum view it has been tasked to undertake.”

Another meeting of the panel is set for July 16 in Toms River, N.J. It will hear from military and civilian representatives from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.  

The commission was created by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. Its goal is to prepare a report by Feb. 1, 2014, that details the best makeup of the Air Force to address current and future mission requirements given the available resources.

For more information, contact Marcia Moore at 703-545-9113 or via email at dfoafstrucomm@osd.mil.