Air National Guard

Washington Report (April 26, 2016) The Army National Guard will grow to 350,000 soldiers if the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee gets his way. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, included the figure in his “chairman’s mark” of the House version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act... Read more
Air National Guard units that fly remotely piloted aircraft would breathe a bit easier if a provision included in the Senate’s version of the long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration becomes law. The provision would diminish the likelihood that RPA units operating from... Read more
Washington Report (April 26, 2016) The Air National Guard is a winner in the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal 2017. The Army Guard has little to cheer about. The budget developed by the Defense Department is analyzed from a Guard perspective in the annual legislative issue of National Guard.... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) The Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., added their voices to the chorus opposing cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, which are in a House bill that includes other services for veterans.... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the president of NGAUS, added his signature to a letter pushing for increased benefits for National Guardsmen and Reservists and sent today to House and Senate leadership on defense issues. The letter sent to the chairmen and ranking... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) Lawmakers have addressed a variety of issues of interest to veterans and service members, from access to medical marijuana to footwear to fertility assistance. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., added an amendment to the Department of Veterans Affairs appropriations bill... Read more
Washington Report (April 12, 2016) The Air Force is creating a list of requirements for an aircraft to take over the close-air-support mission once the A-10 Thunderbolt II is retired. Lt. Gen. Mike Holmes, the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, said last week that the... Read more
  I was in the room Wednesday as Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed his plan to reform the structure of the military at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C. In his talk, “Breaking New Ground: Preparing the DOD for the Future,” Carter said it was... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the new Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal for the battle against ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, during the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony last week. The medal is retroactive to June 15, 2014,... Read more
By Heather Bennett and Aaron Wood (EDITOR’S NOTE: 1st Lt. Heather Bennett of the Mississippi National Guard and 1st Lt. Aaron Wood of the West Virginia National Guard are participating in the NGAUS Fellows Program. They will spend this year on the NGAUS staff for a close look at the federal... Read more

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