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.

July 19, 2012 | Joint Forces, Senate
Today the Senate Armed Services Committee met to consider the following nominations: General Mark A. Welsh III, USAF for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Chief of Staff, United States Air Force Lieutenant General John F. Kelly, USMC to be general and Commander, United States Southern Command  Lieutenant General Frank J. Grass, ARNG to be general and Chief,... Read Full Story
July 18, 2012 | Army National Guard, funding, House of Representatives
The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and National Guard officers across the country appreciate the trust and confidence members of Congress showed today in the ability of the Guard to recruit and retain the soldiers and airmen that fill its ranks. By striking down an amendment that would have ended professional sports sponsorships as a recruiting tool, lawmakers in the... Read Full Story
July 17, 2012 | Air National Guard, funding
MSNBC reports today that the Air National Guard plans to phase out six of its eleven regional concert bands. One particular rock band, Sidewinder, became an internet and media phenomenon almost overnight, making it all the way to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Sidewinder's front woman, Tech. Sgt. Angie Johnson even competed on NBC's "The Voice" last year.  Even... Read Full Story
July 16, 2012 | Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense, House of Representatives
House lawmakers this week are set to move two of the largest annual appropriations bills, the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending bills, and will also take a step toward finding a way to halt automatic spending cuts due early next year. By week’s end, the House is expected to pass the annual defense measure (H.R. 5856) that contains $519.2 billion for base Pentagon spending, which is... Read Full Story
July 12, 2012 | Air National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense
Today, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness met to hold a hearing on the Department of the Air Force aircraft force structure reductions proposed in the 2013 President's budget request. The witnesses included Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa, Major General Timothy Lowenberg – TAG of the Washington National Guard and Director of the Washington Military Department, and... Read Full Story