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 5, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Defense Authorization, equipment
Last night, the Senate Armed Services Committee published the finalized bill and committee language for the FY13 National Defense Authorization (NDAA). As we discussed last Wednesday, the bill includes a lot of great things for the Guard. However, after further reviewing the committee language, it also leaves a few key priorities out. In an effort to not rewrite everything we discussed in... Read Full Story
June 4, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, funding
A once partisan amendment known for it's continual failure and opposed by the National Guard Association of the United States has recently passed the House Defense Appropriations Committee. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) convinced Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) to join her effort this year to restrict the way the Department of Defense focuses their recruiting and retention operations.... Read Full Story
June 1, 2012 | Congress, personnel
Coming back from a warm and sunny holiday weekend, the NGAUS legislative team was ready for action. On Tuesday, we came back fresh off a long and beautiful holiday weekend, celebrating all those service members who bravely served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. With the Senate in recess this week, we were watching the House floor. On Wednesday, we got a preview of the... Read Full Story
May 31, 2012 | Employment, personnel, Veterans
For members of the National Guard, who are sometimes called on to respond to domestic disasters or deploy overseas, it's critical that they know and understand their reemployment rights once they return from duty. Two girls welcome their dad, a member New Jersey National Guard 119th Combat Service Support Battalion, returning home from deployment in Afghanistan. The Uniformed Services... Read Full Story
May 30, 2012 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Defense Authorization, equipment, personnel
In a closed door session late last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee marked up their version of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Since it was closed and staffers are typically very tight-lipped about the details until the actual bill emerges, which by the way can take days or weeks, we have to wait. Listening through the walls just makes us look silly. However, there... Read Full Story