Air National Guard

Washington Report (June 21, 2016) While the Air Force will keep flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the man nominated to be the service’s next chief of staff discussed the aircraft’s weaknesses in his testimony last week before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Why is it I only get a minute and a... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter would like to sidestep the "up-or-out" method of military promotions, saying it has been "highly successful" but has flaws. He is pushing for a promotion system based on merit, according to an article in Politico, a publication that... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) In a written editorial, Rep. Martha McSally, R- Ariz., explains how the Air Force must conduct a "fly-off" between the A-10 and the F-35 to determine if the newest fighter can replace the old warhorse. The House version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) Experts say the increased suicide rate in the military may never return to lower levels it saw just after 9/11. They told USA Today that the current pace of suicides in the ranks may be the "new normal." The Army's suicide rate for active-duty soldiers averaged... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) Defense Department officials announced last week the launch of the "Leader Course," a tool designed to educate service senior leaders and financial advisors about the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that goes into effect, Jan. 1, 2018, according to a Pentagon... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) Two years after a top official with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service proposed that all honorably discharged veterans be allowed to shop at the exchange online store, the Pentagon has still not moved forward. “The policy has identified some things that need to... Read more
Washington Report (May 31, 2016) The Air Force needs 40,000 to 60,000 more airmen, Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III, the service’s chief of staff, said last week. “Every problem we have in growing, in modernizing, increasing mission capability, is manpower related,” he said at an Air Force Association... Read more
Washington Report (May 31, 2016) The first 18 KC-46 tankers will not be on the flight lines of Air Force bases by the deadline promised in the contract. An ongoing issue with the refueling system of the aircraft set to replace the aging KC-135 is the reason, according to Defense News. Boeing was to... Read more
Washington Report (May 24, 2016) The National Guard would share the deputy-commander slot at U.S. Northern Command with the Reserves if the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the defense authorization bill becomes law. Released late last week, the bill will be discussed by the full Senate... Read more
Washington Report (May 24, 2016) The Government Accountability Office would study the cost and size of military bands under the defense authorization bill passed last week by the House. The study could lead to moving some positions now held by clarinet players to combat roles. The same legislation... Read more

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