Army National Guard

A quick look back at National Guard stories from this week:  Tuition assistance is on its way back, hopefully. The recently-signed continuing resolution reinstates tuition assistance, but there is no timeline attached. (via Stars and Stripes) Death by 1,000 cuts. Is the active Army trying to poach... 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 National Guard troops were a crucial part of the initial invasion, and by the time U.S. troops were withdrawn in December 2011, more than 286,000 Army and Air Guardsmen had served in Iraq.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
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
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 5, 2013) The chief of the National Guard Bureau told Army National Guard leaders recently that uncertainty over the budget is the greatest threat facing the Guard. Speaking in North Little Rock, Ark., at the Army National Guard Senior Leaders Conference, Grass said... 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
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
As we close out another great year at NGAUS and wave goodbye to 2012, we look back on what we set out to accomplish for the National Guard this year and reflect on our victories.  In January, the NGAUS legislative staff developed the Top Priorities, our annual list of issues that would be leading... Read more
(Dec. 21, 2012) As 2012 comes to a close, the National Guard ends a year in which it was kept busy throughout with several natural disasters, including battling raging wildfires, picking up the pieces after multiple tornadoes and evacuating citizens in the wake of two hurricanes. When springtime... Read more
This week, House and Senate Armed Services Committee panels agreed to a $633.3 billion defense authorization bill, after a weeklong conference committee to resolve contentious policy divisions. The final authorization bill is expected to go to the House floor later this afternoon and considered... Read more

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