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 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
By Adam Lutterloh | July 15, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Mental Health Care, personnel
The National Guard Bureau recently launched a campaign aimed at slowing the alarming sexual assault increases throughout the military. The campaign, part of a DoD-wide effort, has three phases aligning with the Secretary of Defense’s goals. The first phase began on June 28 with mandatory training for the entire National Guard Joint staff and requires all Sexual Assault Response... Read Full Story
By Grace Washbourne | July 9, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, Employment, Families, Joint Forces, White House
I read with interest the opinion piece by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in The Washington Post last week. In The Military Needs to Reach Out to Civilians, the general remarked on the need for a better relationship between the military and the civilian population. I am not quite sure I understood this observation given the tremendous amount of support... Read Full Story
By Adam Lutterloh | July 1, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, House of Representatives, NGAUS Conference
Civil war in Syria, intelligence leaks, tenuous relations with foreign powers, and heated budget debates have created an aura of uncertainty and skepticism throughout the U.S. defense and intelligence community. News stories often focus on conflict, not on quiet diplomacy and nation-building programs. The National Guard operates a program that is worthy of attention for its positive impact... Read Full Story