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.

June 20, 2012 | Air National Guard, Senate
Last week Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Co-Chairs of the Senate National Guard Caucus, reached out to the nominee for the next Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh. They congratulated him, expressed their concerns about the current Air Force leadership and processes, and asked him to reply to this series of questions: 1. What is your... Read Full Story
June 19, 2012 | Air National Guard, House of Representatives, Senate
Members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate circulated a letterto their colleagues in Congress asking them to co-sponsor a Concurrent Resolution honoring the National Guard’s 375 years of service and affirming congressional support for ‘maintaining an Operational Reserve as a component of the Armed Forces.’ (In the House – H.Con.Res.129 and in the Senate... Read Full Story
June 18, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress
An exciting start to a Monday! As you all may know, last year's National Guard Empowerment bill that passed in the FY12 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included the creation of the Vice Chief, National Guard position. Today, we can confirm that Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel's nomination for this position was approved. The DoD press release reads... Read Full Story
June 15, 2012 | Army National Guard, Mental Health Care
As another busy but productive week draws to a close, we have to wish a happy (belated) 237th birthday to the Army! We blame the delicious creole food, courtesy of the Louisiana National Guard, wafting up the stairs at 3pm yesterday for the brain hiccup.  What we've been up to.... On Monday, we talked about PTSD and its prevalence in the National Guard, in honor... Read Full Story
June 14, 2012 | Congress, Defense Appropriations, Department of Defense
Senate Appropriators on the Subcommittee on Defense (SAC-D) met yesterday morning to hold a hearing on the FY13 Defense spending bill. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller Robert Hale were present to give testimonies and answer questions.  There were a few moments worth noting in the hearing... Read Full Story