Air National Guard

Washington Report (January 20, 2015)  Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week tried to minimize the role the A-10 fighter is playing in the war against the Islamic State. She said other aircraft are being used more often in the campaign against the militant group, but pointed out that 11... Read more
By Ron Jensen January 16, 2015 The National Guard lost 133 soldiers and airmen to suicide in 2013, according to a Defense Department report released Friday. That includes 119 soldiers and 14 airmen and represents an overall increase from 2012 when 130 Guardsmen took their own lives. That figure was... Read more
The Combat Support/Mission Support (CS/MS) Task Force will: facilitate a strategy for fully equipping the communications and intelligence needs and the mission support needs throughout the Air National Guard; provide expert input to the resolutions process; and establish priorities that will ensure... Read more
Washington Post (January 13, 2015) A bill addressing the issue of military suicides passed the House Monday. The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act is named for a Marine veteran who took his own life in 2011. If the bill becomes law, veterans will have greater access to mental health care, and... Read more
Washington Report (January 13, 2015) One reason the Air Force is running low on trained and ready drone pilots is because many of them are taking their skills to the Air National Guard, an Air Combat Command official said last week. But a spokesman for the command said there are a number of reasons... Read more
Washington Report (January 13, 2015)  The NGAUS legislative team continues to grow. One week after the inaugural participants in the NGAUS Fellowship Program started their tour in D.C., Delaware native Matt Pincus has joined the staff as the legislative manager for Air Guard programs. In this role... Read more
Washington Report (January 6, 2014) Republicans in the House are using jobs for veterans to undermine the Affordable Care Act. They plan to introduce today, the first day of the 114th Congress, the Hire More Heroes Act which would allow employers to hire veterans but not count them as full-time... Read more
Washington Report (January 6, 2014) The Department of Veterans Affairs likely will not eliminate a backlog in benefits claims by the end of 2015, according to Army Times. Despite cutting the backlog in half since the start of 2013, the agency is not processing the claims fast enough to reach what... Read more
Washington Report (December 30, 2014) The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is recommending modernizing the military's array of benefits for its members, according to the panel's spokesman. Jamie Graybeal told The Hill Monday that the report due at the White House Feb. 1... Read more
Washington Report   (December 30, 2014) The war in Afghanistan was officially ended Sunday after 13 years of combat, although more than 10,000 American troops will remain for now and the coalition that has battled the insurgency will still provide air support when it is deemed necessary. In a... Read more

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