Army National Guard

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 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
“It turned darker than midnight.” On the morning of May 18, 1980, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mt. St. Helens, causing an eruption of hot smoke and ash to shoot 80,000 feet into the air over the southwestern part of Washington state.   Pete Holmberg, a former aeroscout in a cavalry unit in... Read more
(May 11, 2016) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of NGAUS and former Iowa National Guardsman, keeps appearing on the list of possible running mates for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Longtime Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said he intends to tell Trump that Ernst would be... Read more
Washington Report (May 3, 2016) The House Armed Services Committee passed its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act last week, including some items of interest to National Guardsmen, such as a delay in converting dual-status technicians to federal civilian employees and... Read more
Washington Report (May 3, 2016) Financial experts are telling the Pentagon that the reformed military retirement plan would shortchange career service members, especially those in the enlisted ranks, according to a report this week from Military Times. While National Guard members continue to wait... Read more
Washington Report (April 26, 2016) The Army National Guard will grow to 350,000 soldiers if the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee gets his way. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, included the figure in his “chairman’s mark” of the House version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act... Read more

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