Air National Guard

The Air Force for the past month, along with the other services, has been vocal on the devastating impact sequestration will have across the board. After testifying last week on the Hill, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh has continued to clarify and warn of what sequestration will do... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 19, 2013) Sequestration and a yearlong continuing resolution would significantly hinder the National Guard’s ability to protect and defend the homeland, Gen. Frank J. Grass told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week. “Sequestration will be devastating to the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 5, 2013) Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman, the head of the Ohio Air National Guard, represents the National Guard on an Air Force task force that is designed to better merge the active component and the two reserve components of the force. The Total Force Task Force was... Read more
Budget sequestration has been a major discussion topic in the defense community for some time. The Defense Department resisted even planning for sequestration for many months, but it now seems more and more likely that it will happen.  Cuts will affect the Guard. That much is certain. But what... Read more
(Jan. 28, 2013) Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, the Air National Guard director, is scheduled to retire during a ceremony Tuesday hosted by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin at the 201st Airlift Squadron in Hangar 8, Joint Base Andrews, Md. Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III... Read more
Media outlets in Washington are reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to lift the ban on women serving in combat-graded positions.  In reality, women have been engaging in close-quarters combat for many years, including the entire duration of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.... Read more
Last week, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley published four opinion pieces on the future of the Air Force. Donley focused on three main areas: force structure, readiness and modernization. The theme: "We are smaller and likely to get even smaller at a time when our weapons are old and we... Read more
(Jan. 10, 2012) Five Air National Guard bases are on the list to possibly be the first in the Guard to receive the KC-46A aerial tankers, according to a news release Wednesday from the Air Force. Four active-component bases are candidates to be main operating bases for the new aircraft in the... Read more
(Jan. 9, 2013) Chief Master Sgt. James Hotaling from the Continental U.S. NORAD Region-1st Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., was named as the Air National Guard's next command chief Tuesday. As Air National Guard command chief, Hotaling will serve as the senior advisor to Lt. Gen. Sid... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 8, 2013) The picture of airlift structure in the Air Force is still cloudy, but the service has created an Intra-Theater Airlift Working Group to address a demand from Congress that the Air Force maintain 32 cargo aircraft it wanted to retire. The group includes... Read more

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