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 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
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