Air National Guard

The Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) is a self-contained unit used for aerial firefighting. For the Air National Guard (ANG), the operator of six MAFFS C-130s, this means a critical partnership with the U.S. Forest Service in response to domestic emergencies – the core mission of the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 26, 2013) Lt. Gen. Stanley E. "Sid" Clarke III hit the ground running last week as he laid out his priorities as Air Guard Director even before he was officially sworn into the job. Clarke testified at two hearings days before he was formally accepted as the new... Read more
On March 20, 2003 -- ten years ago today --  the ground invasion of Iraq began. National Guard troops were a crucial part of the initial invasion, and by the time U.S. troops were withdrawn in December 2011, more than 286,000 Army and Air Guardsmen had served in Iraq. The Guard’s crucial... Read more
  On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee released draft language for a full-year Continuing Resolution and a Fiscal Year 2013 Defense spending bill agreed to by House and Senate defense appropriators. This bill would provide stop-gap funding for the federal government through the end of... Read more
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

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