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 Andrew Waldman | May 3, 2013
Samsung smartphones and Blackberry 10 phones are now OK to use on DoD networks.  Furloughs may not affect some National Guardsmen as badly as expected. It seems that at least one state expects military technician furloughs to be less severe than originally thought.  United HealthCare, the largest provider of TRICARE for military families, is under fire for failures... Read Full Story
By NGAUS | April 30, 2013 | Congress, Department of Defense, funding, personnel
The Reserve Forces Policy Board’s January 2013 report entitled: “Eliminating Major Gaps in DoD Data on the Fully-Burdened and Life-Cycle Cost of Military Personnel: Cost Elements Should be Mandated by Policy”,  found that the cost of a reserve component (RC) service member when not activated is less than one third that of their active component (AC) counterparts.  ... Read Full Story
By Sarah Allison | April 26, 2013
If you had to carry an entire day’s worth of food with you, what would you pack? What if you had to plan for weeks or months and for thousands of people?  These are questions the military must consider when preparing to send troops overseas, and when members of the National Guard are deployed in the service of the federal government, they are affected by these preparations. “... Read Full Story
By Amelia Meyer | April 18, 2013 | Army National Guard, NGEF
Sixty-two years after the start of the American Revolution, on July 4, 1837, at the Independence Day celebration in Concord, Mass., the phrase the “shot heard round the world” was first uttered.   Coined by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his poem “Concord Hymn,” it refers to the first shot fired at the North Bridge in Concord when British soldiers faced off against... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | April 11, 2013
The President's Budget was submitted to Congress Wednesday, and it looks like the administration is requesting a little less for the Guard than was in the budget last year. And there are several major cancellations in the budget that could affect the Guard, including C-27Js, AH-64 Apache upgrades and the C-130 avionics modernization program. Military construction and the National Guard's... Read Full Story