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 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
July 10, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Pay and Benefits, Veterans
Tying into last week's post, and in response to a growing interest from our member, NGAUS has further analyzed further flaws in the Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation (QRMC).  Issue in Focus: Pay Current drill pay structure already compensates for significant differences between active forces and reserve component.  Current 1/30th rule allows for simple and... Read Full Story
July 9, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Defense Appropriations, TRICARE
The final piece to be revealed in the defense legislative puzzle is the Defense Appropriations bill. Thus far, the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to approve their version of the defense spending bill, while the House is moving towards full floor consideration, most likely next week. In the meantime, we continue to wait to see what funding the Senate Appropriations Committee on Defense (... Read Full Story