The NGAUS Blog

Commentary on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., at NGAUS, and around the globe that pertains to our members and the National Guard.

By Mary Catherine Ott | August 29, 2013 | Air National Guard, Department of Defense, Domestic Response
Wildfires this summer are showing why the National Guard should remain the go-to force in the U.S. military when additional help is needed to stem these raging blazes. Yet the Defense Department has made noises about removing this effort from the Air National Guard and transferring it to active-component units. But the ongoing battles with wildfires in western states right now show why that... Read Full Story
By Col. Eric D. Ahlness | August 27, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, House of Representatives, membership, personnel, retirement, Senate, TRICARE
“Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight.”  This was a recent lead in a Defense News story discussing the potential for continued sequestration measures, which will be implemented in fiscal 2014 if the... Read Full Story
By Anne Armstrong | August 1, 2013 | NGEF
I was part of a small delegation that was sent last month to Normandy, France, by the National Guard Educational Foundation.  It was my first time seeing the National Guard Monument which was dedicated by NGAUS on June 6, 1969, to pay tribute to the Guardsmen who fought in France in World War I and World War II.  The monument, located in the French village of Vierville-sur-Mer,... Read Full Story
By Annie Lively | July 26, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, equipment, funding, House of Representatives, Mental Health Care
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed their version of the Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Appropriations bill, H.R. 2397, which includes robust funding to ensure the National Guard remains fully operational and engaged in domestic and overseas operations.   NGAUS is thankful for the hard work of House members and their staff who were able to include language in the bill... Read Full Story
By Jake Jacobs | July 16, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Domestic Response
While the National Guard continues to carry out its dual mission as an operational force at home and abroad, increasing response of Guardsmen to natural disasters has highlighted the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) as integral to providing affected states with assistance.    Since its enactment by Congress in 1996, largely as a response to the devastation of... Read Full Story