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 Anne Armstrong | October 9, 2013 | NGEF
Since the start of the federal government shutdown last week, NGAUS has been “always ready, always there” for disappointed tourists and wayward delegations without a museum to visit or a venue for an important meeting. When the government partially closed on Oct. 1, myriad federal offices and institutions locked their doors, turned out the lights and wound down electronic contact... Read Full Story
By Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig | September 6, 2013 | Army National Guard, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, Pay and Benefits, personnel
A review of all courses of action currently under discussion for the total Army in the Program Objective Memorandum for fiscal years 2015 to 2019 show they are all versions of proportional reductions of all three components. These proposals reduce our national defense capability and put homeland security and emergency domestic response at risk. It is time for a different approach, capitalizing on... Read Full Story
By Anne Armstrong | September 5, 2013 | NGEF
Next time you visit the museum, make sure to stop by our new temporary exhibit celebrating the 60th anniversary of National Guard service during the Korean War. The exhibit focuses on one individual whose work with Korean factory workers during the war made a lasting impression. Read more on the NGEF website.
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