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 Corbett | February 6, 2013 | Families
I don’t like surprises. Even good surprises. They make me nervous. And being the center of attention during any type of public surprise would be the worst possible scenario. But I wonder if I’m alone in my distaste for public feel-good moments because there sure seem to be a lot of them. Andy Warhol was right: "In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | January 31, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, funding, military construction
Budget sequestration has been a major discussion topic in the defense community for some time. The Defense Department resisted even planning for sequestration for many months, but it now seems more and more likely that it will happen.  Cuts will affect the Guard. That much is certain. But what exactly does the Guard stand to lose if sequestration becomes a reality?  Here are a few... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | January 23, 2013 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Department of Defense, personnel
Media outlets in Washington are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to lift the ban on women serving in combat-graded positions.  In reality, women have been engaging in close-quarters combat for many years, including the entire duration of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Women already serve as combat pilots, military police officers and in a variety of other... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | January 15, 2013 | Air National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, funding, modernization, personnel
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we are trying to replace them." Last Friday, Sec. Donley and Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | January 9, 2013 | Employment, personnel, Veterans
A new analysis from Lauren Bailey at the Department of Veterans Affairs breaks down the falling unemployment rates for all veterans across the nation. The unemployment rate for all Veterans was 7.0 percent—still below the national average of 7.8 percent.  For post-9/11 veterans, the rate was 10.8  percent. Most importantly, the annual jobless rate for post-9/11 Vets was 9... Read Full Story