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 Andrea Peterson | March 23, 2015 | Army National Guard, Congress, Domestic Response, equipment, funding, MCRMC, military construction, personnel
The White House and leaders of the House and Senate armed services committees named their picks to the National Commission on the Future of the Army last week. While NGAUS regrets no National Guard general officers were selected, we look forward to engaging with the commission and its staff. So what’s next? By law, commissioners have 30 days after their appointments to hold an... Read Full Story
By Peter Duffy | February 5, 2015 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Families, House of Representatives, Mental Health Care, Senate, Veterans
The National Guard continues to have the highest reported rate of suicides in the military.   The 2013 Defense Department Suicide Event Annual Report released last month said that rates of suicides for the National Guard and Reserve components were 28.9 and 23.4 per 100,000, respectively. And due to delays in suicide determination by civilian coroners and medical examiners, the report... Read Full Story
By Charles Martin | January 21, 2015
The relationships and knowledge generated through the National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) are of great and lasting benefit to not only the National Guard, but the nation as a whole.  There are few other programs in which intermittent cooperative knowledge sharing events involving foreign militaries occur with such successful regularity.  The SPP is truly a cultural and... Read Full Story
By Grace Washbourne | December 19, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Department of Defense, Domestic Response
The National Guard Bureau (NGB), Air National Guard, hosted a Domestic Capabilities Priorities Conference August 4-8, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This conference, formerly known as the Joint Domestic Operations Equipment Requirements (JDOERS) meeting is held as a means for field level experts to indentify critical capability shortfalls in the domestic response arena and develop both materiel... Read Full Story
By Rebecca Autrey | November 25, 2014 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard
Witnessing a family reunion at the 50-yard line or watching feel-good videos of deployed soldiers reuniting with their dogs is the biggest glimpse many Americans ever get into life in the U.S. military. One percent of people in this country fight 100 percent of its wars. A vast majority of Americans have no direct tie to the armed forces and don’t understand the trials and... Read Full Story