Air National Guard

(Aug. 3, 2016) The National Guard Bureau has a new chief. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel accepted the role today minutes after pinning on his fourth star at a ceremony in the Pentagon. “It’s the greatest honor of my military career,” said the former fighter pilot who served 10 years in the active component... Read more
Washington Report (August 2, 2016) The Air Force is short on experienced maintainers and a program offering re-enlistment bonuses to close the gap will take years to do the job, the service’s civilian boss said last week. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said an end-strength boost from 311,000... Read more
Washington Report (August 2, 2016) Legislation now being negotiated by the House and Senate armed services committees would reduce a divorced spouse’s share of military retirement pay. The amendment to the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act would base a divorced spouse’s share of... Read more
Washington Report (August 2, 2016) Thirty-three U.S. troops serving overseas have contracted the Zika virus, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday. Maj. Benjamin Sakrisson said the military is monitoring installations in the U.S. at risk for mosquito-borne diseases, including actively testing mosquitoes... Read more
Washington Report (July 26, 2016) The civilian and uniformed leaders of the Air Force want to increase annual bonuses for fighter pilots to stop them from leaving the service and creating a severe shortage. Deborah Lee James, the Air Force secretary, and Gen. David L. Goldfein, the service's chief... Read more
Washington Report (July 26, 2016) Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has reminded service members that the military is not a political institution and cautioned them not to make it one with poorly chosen words. Writing in the current issue of Joint Force... Read more
Washington Report (July 26, 2016) Veterans with mental-health problems still shy away from treatment because they fear it will hurt their chances for employment and because they remain embarrassed by their problems, a survey found. The survey by the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service... Read more
Washington Report (July 26, 2016) About 1,000 American service members died in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2011 because military doctors lacked sufficient skills in caring for trauma patients, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. When not... Read more
WASHINGTON (July 20, 2016) — Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the president of the National Guard Association of the United States, released the following statement on the death today of Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, from cancer: "This is news that saddens all members of NGAUS, but particularly the... Read more
Washington Report (July 19, 2016) Lawmakers left town until September last week with the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the budget still far from complete. While both chambers have approved versions of the bills, they must be reconciled before being sent to the president for his... Read more

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