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 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
June 8, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Defense Appropriations
Hope everyone has had an amazing first week of June. Temps may be creeping up in the 80s and 90s across the country, but the average temperature in most Washington, DC offices is hypothermic tundra. That's a fact. The summer snuggie is actually a "thing". What we've been up to.... On Monday, we discussed the inane provision from Reps. Betty McCollum (D-MN... Read Full Story
June 7, 2012 | Army National Guard
Sometimes you see a picture like this, and it just melts your heart. And this is probably the only time you'll see a Black Hawk helicopter look this adorable, so we had to share. It's rare to find the words "I'm Cute And Loving It" anywhere near a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. This hilarious moment captured by 1st Lieutenant Christian Venhuizen of the Wyoming... Read Full Story