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 26, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, military construction
"Hurry up and wait." - It's a familiar expression long associated with life in the armed forces: the endless lines, the delays while an assignment is being readied, or the long night before a major event. It's an expression we're becoming pretty familiar with, as well. NGAUS came out of the gate strong this year after the President's Budget was released in... Read Full Story
June 22, 2012
Don't worry, loyal readers. We didn't die of heat stroke this week when temps shot up to "ZOMG, do we live on the sun!?" However, we're convinced that someone should engineer suits made of that Under Armour Heat Gear stuff since wool suits are crazy hot, and we've never been able to pull off the Seersucker.Actual temp. reading in Dupont Circle on WednesdayWhat we've been up to....On Monday, we ... Read Full Story
June 21, 2012 | Air National Guard, Senate
The Air Force announced yesterday that it has withdrawn two C-27J cargo planes from Afghanistan and plan to replace them with C-130s to pick up the slack, presumably though the end of operations. This rings funny considering these two C-27Js, operated by the Maryland Air National Guard, were scheduled to remain in Afghanistan through 2014.       With the maintenance... Read Full Story
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