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 | April 8, 2013 | Air National Guard, Domestic Response
The Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) is a self-contained unit used for aerial firefighting. For the Air National Guard (ANG), the operator of six MAFFS C-130s, this means a critical partnership with the U.S. Forest Service in response to domestic emergencies – the core mission of the National Guard. ANG C-130 crews who operate the MAFFS are highly experience and trained. They... Read Full Story
By Annie Lively | April 5, 2013
Have you heard there is a backlog for processing claims at the VA? Just kidding. By now, almost everyone in the country knows about the problem. But a recent investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting quantifies how serious it is.   The CIR's report also showed that the average wait time for a disability claim to be resolved is 279 days. First time claims take longer,... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | April 3, 2013 | Congress, Pay and Benefits, personnel
The National Guard and Reserve full-time workforce has been in the news lately because of the furloughs that they are facing due to sequestration.  The original furlough has been cut from 22 to 14 days. That is okay news for the Guard, though it's far from optimal. Another announcement was made this week that could greatly affect future Guard readiness: The Defense Department Department... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | March 28, 2013 | Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, Domestic Response, modernization, Pay and Benefits
A quick look back at National Guard stories from this week:  Tuition assistance is on its way back, hopefully. The recently-signed continuing resolution reinstates tuition assistance, but there is no timeline attached. (via Stars and Stripes) Death by 1,000 cuts. Is the active Army trying to poach the operational capability from the Guard and Reserves? Some states believe so. (via... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | March 22, 2013 | Congress, Cyber Security, personnel, Senate
This afternoon, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., David Vitter, R-La., Chris Coons, D-Delaware, Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced bipartisan legislation to expand cyber security capability in the National Guard. It focuses on recruiting, training and maintaining cyber experts while protecting national and... Read Full Story