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August 24, 2012 | Congress, Employment, Veterans
Last year, Congress included a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Senators Blunt (R-MO) and Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect members of the National Guard under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. This amendment extends the same reemployment rights to men and women of the National Guard ordered to duty... Read Full Story
August 22, 2012 | Congress, funding
A pro-defense think tank has issued a new report that shows by congressional district the impact on local businesses of the potential $500 billion in across-the-board budget cuts looming in January. The report does not include any assumptions about potential military or civilian personnel reductions, nor does it try to factor in the threat of furlough of civilian workers, which also... Read Full Story
August 21, 2012 | Army National Guard
Today NGAUS hosted four Army National Guard Outstanding Soldiers/Non-Commission Officers of the Year. Earlier this month, seven Soldiers and seven non-commissioned officers competed in a head to head in the Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition to see who was the best of the best. The four day competition pitted the 14 participants against one another under stressful situations... Read Full Story
August 20, 2012 | Air National Guard, Congress
Broken Reserve System Needs To Be Fixed By Gus L. Hargett, Jr., president, National Guard Association Originally appeared in The Hill's Congress Blog on 8/17/2012 Now is the time to merge the National Guard and the Reserve into one force because, despite a claim in an earlier Congress blog, the system is broken. It does need to be fixed. Doing so would save billions of dollars by... Read Full Story
August 17, 2012 | Congress, funding
Severe cuts to the military that may come as a result of sequestration next year may adversely impact the National Guard, and by extension, domestic security, former Pentagon leaders said. Paul McHale, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who also served as assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, warned that sequestration would affect Title 32 funding, which allows... Read Full Story

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