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 27, 2012 | Air National Guard, Defense Appropriations, Defense Authorization, Senate
Last week the Department of Defense in a letter to Congressional members announced that it will stop scheduled Air Force transfers until Congress finalizes the 2013 budget. This is long overdue considering both the House and Senate months ago included language in the National Defense Authorization Act and Defense Appropriations to halt any FY13 transfers or cuts denoted in this year’s Air... Read Full Story
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The Air Force announced yesterday that it has withdrawn two C-27J cargo planes from Afghanistan and plan to replace them with C-130s to pick up the slack, presumably though the end of operations.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