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.

August 14, 2012 | Air National Guard
General Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s 20th Chief of Staff, introduced himself to the nation's airmen and women on Friday in his first official letterafter being sworn in by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. NGAUS applauded the Senate for confirming Gen. Walsh to be the next Air Force Chief of Staff on August 2nd. We look forward to working with Gen. Welsh to ensure the Air Force... Read Full Story
August 9, 2012 | Air National Guard
In case you missed it, the Air National Guard was featured in a great piece last night on CBS Evening News that discusses how the Air National Guard has significantly improved its recruiting numbers by participating in national Air Shows and showing off rock star Air Guard pilots performing dynamic maneuvers before crowds of young potential recruits. Awesome clip....check it out! When we... Read Full Story
August 7, 2012 | Air National Guard, Congress, Senate
In June, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S. 3441, the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 2012, which would transfer C-27J aircraft from the Air National Guard to the Forest Service. Last week, Representative Ken Calvert (R-Calf.) introduced a companion bill in the House, H.R. 6248 to provide for the transfer of excess Department of Defense aircraft to the Forest Service for... Read Full Story
August 3, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Defense Appropriations, Senate
Appropriations Bill Status The House completed work on their version of the bill on July 19, however, Senate leaders have acknowledged they will likely be unable to complete work on FY13 spending measures until after the November elections.  As a result, House and Senate leaders announced that they have worked out an agreement on a six-month Continuing Resolution (CR) to continue... Read Full Story
August 2, 2012 | Congress, Cyber Security
Cyber Security The Senate failed to advance legislation today aimed at protecting American computer networks from cyber attacks (S.3414). A cloture vote, which would end debate on the bill, fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward towards a final vote. Much of the debate on the floor for the past week surrounded whether or not proposed legislation went to far in regulating... Read Full Story