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 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
June 6, 2012 | Congress
Today, Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) introduced the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (S. 3228), which would require "the President to provide a report detailing the sequester required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on January 2, 2013." Similar legislation was introduced as part of a Senate Armed Services Authorization bill, and earlier today Sen.... Read Full Story
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