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 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
June 13, 2012 | Air National Guard, Congress, equipment, funding
Yesterday, we hosted 57 officers from 31 different states here at NGAUS for the Air National Guard Commanders Development Course. It was a great day filled with presentations, NGAUS and NGB briefings and panel discussions with Hill Guard fellows as well as Military Legislative Assistants (MLAs) from the House and Senate. As you can imagine, a lot of the discussion focused on the cuts to the... Read Full Story
June 11, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, personnel
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder triggered by exposure to a traumatic experience such as an interpersonal event like physical or sexual assault, exposure to disaster or accidents, combat or witnessing a traumatic event. This month is PTSD Awareness Month, and the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs are... Read Full Story