Air National Guard

NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 26, 2013) The Air National Guard may be forced to ground aircraft this week due to shortfalls in the operations and maintenance accounts under the current continuing resolution that is funding the government at 2012 levels for lack of a fiscal 2013 budget. Gen. Frank... Read more
Yesterday, Mary Catherine Ott ran down some of the cuts that could come to the Air Force and its components if the sequester goes into effect March 1. The National Guard Bureau has been hitting this theme all week with stories on its website and even a special "Sequestration: Across-the-Board Cuts... Read more
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

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