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 | December 18, 2012 | Senate
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, a decorated war hero, senator and fervent National Guard supporter, died Monday at the age of 88.  Inouye was well-known in the halls of the Capitol as a quiet but effective senator. He was first elected to Congress as a House member in 1959, the same year Hawaii became a state. He tirelessly worked on behalf of the National Guard, helping to secure billions for... Read Full Story
By Mary Catherine Ott | December 17, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Defense Authorization
The House and Senate are now in the final stages to pass a National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (NDAA). The Senate has approved their version of the NDAA which included provisions to establish a National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, a Transition Assistance Advisor Program, and space available travel for members of the reserve component and their dependents.In May, the... Read Full Story
By Andrew Waldman | December 12, 2012
If you are a repeat visitor to the NGAUS website, you probably noticed some improvements today.  After nine months of hard work, NGAUS has launched this updated version of the website. Visitors will now be able to access information much more easily than they could before, and new additions -- like this blog -- will allow NGAUS to better communicate with members and the public.  So, I... Read Full Story
November 29, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Authorization, Employment, equipment, funding, Joint Forces, Mental Health Care, modernization, Pay and Benefits, personnel, Senate, TRICARE, Veterans
Yesterday the Senate began debate and consideration of S.3254, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The managers of the bill and ranking members on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) brought the bill to the floor in the hopes that they could move through the bill within three days. Levin and McCain asked that their... Read Full Story
By NGAUS | November 12, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard
Contributed by Andrew Waldman On Dec. 13, 1636, a decree from the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony ordered the formation of the North, South and East regiments of the Massachusetts militia. All men, aged 16 to 60, were required to take up arms and serve in defense of their homes and communities. At the time, the Pequot Indians posed the gravest threat to the colonists, who had... Read Full Story