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 | 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
By Mary Catherine Ott | January 4, 2013 | Air National Guard, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, modernization, personnel
Today the National Guard Bureau released its 2013 Air National Guard Weapons Systems Modernization Priorites book, illustrating the top funding priorities and requirements for this year. In October, warfighters from across the U.S. gathered in Tuscon, Ariz. for the 31st annual Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC). This year's theme was "Persistent Conflict - Enabling the Warfighter,... Read Full Story
By Annie Lively | December 31, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, funding, military construction, modernization, Pay and Benefits, TRICARE
As we close out another great year at NGAUS and wave goodbye to 2012, we look back on what we set out to accomplish for the National Guard this year and reflect on our victories.  In January, the NGAUS legislative staff developed the Top Priorities, our annual list of issues that would be leading our legislative agenda. Our priorities are guided by input from our members, through the... Read Full Story
By Amelia Meyer | December 28, 2012 | Joint Forces
It’s not every day you walk through a military museum and find a beekeeping uniform on display.  But that is what you’ll find when you walk through the new 9/11 Era Gallery at the National Guard Memorial Museum. The uniform highlights a mission completely unique to the National Guard, one that embodies the tradition of the citizen-soldier. Sgt. Robert Moore donated the uniform,... Read Full Story
By Adam Maisel | December 20, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization
This week, House and Senate Armed Services Committee panels agreed to a $633.3 billion defense authorization bill, after a weeklong conference committee to resolve contentious policy divisions. The final authorization bill is expected to go to the House floor later this afternoon and considered by the Senate shortly thereafter. The bill typically passes both chambers with wide bipartisan... Read Full Story