Air National Guard

General Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s 20th Chief of Staff, introduced himself to the nation's airmen and women on Friday in his first official letterafter being sworn in by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. NGAUS applauded the Senate for confirming Gen. Walsh to be the next Air Force Chief... Read more
In case you missed it, the Air National Guard was featured in a great piece last night on CBS Evening News that discusses how the Air National Guard has significantly improved its recruiting numbers by participating in national Air Shows and showing off rock star Air Guard pilots performing dynamic... Read more
In June, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S. 3441, the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 2012, which would transfer C-27J aircraft from the Air National Guard to the Forest Service. Last week, Representative Ken Calvert (R-Calf.) introduced a companion bill in the House, H.R.... Read more
Appropriations Bill StatusThe House completed work on their version of the bill on July 19, however, Senate leaders have acknowledged they will likely be unable to complete work on FY13 spending measures until after the November elections.  As a result, House and Senate leaders announced that they... Read more
After months of waiting, the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (SAC-D) finally approved by voice vote their Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) as well as legislation passed in the House, in terms of the National Guard. In his opening statement, Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) stated “... Read more
Yesterday the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on the “Digital Warrior: Improving Military Capabilities for Cyber Operations." Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.) and Ranking Member Jim Langevin (D-RI) questioned at length on the recruiting,... Read more
For the past few years, there's been a lot of talk about merging the National Guard and the Reserves--in military circles, in the Pentagon, and even on Capitol Hill. In the wake of shrinking budgets, it should come as no surprise to anyone that creative ways to trim costs are being discussed. And... Read more
General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, has sure had a lot to say these days. For the past few days the Air Force Association has put out a few blurbs from Gen. Schwartz’s exit interview, many of which strike us as strange. Subjects have ranged from the future of the Total... Read more
Air Force Backpedals on Air National Guard Cuts Should we get our ears checked!? Are we hearing that correctly?\ Well, it appears it's not all just a dream after all. In his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, Air Force Chief of Staff nominee, Gen. Mark Welsh... Read more
MSNBC reports today that the Air National Guard plans to phase out six of its eleven regional concert bands. One particular rock band, Sidewinder, became an internet and media phenomenon almost overnight, making it all the way to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Sidewinder's front woman, Tech. Sgt.... Read more

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