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By Ron Jensen Sept. 10, 2014 Army National Guardsmen may have a drill weekend this month after all. Several states canceled the training for September because of a lack of money. But the National Guard Bureau has requested permission to shift money from one fund to the personnel account that... Read more
Washington Report (Sept. 9, 2014) Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, is seeking support among his colleagues for a section of the fiscal 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee defense bill that would provide National Guardsmen with an easier path toward an earlier retirement. He is requesting that his... Read more
Washington Report (September 3, 2014) A budget shortfall is forcing most if not all states to postpone drill this month for members of the Army National Guard. According to Guard officials, there is not enough money in the fiscal 2014 budget to pay for September training.  The National Guard... Read more
Washington Report (September 3, 2014) Video of speeches from the 136th General Conference & Exhibition can now be found on the NGAUS YouTube page. Click here to view photos from the conference. Clips include remarks by Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the Air Force. In his speech during the... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2014) A co-chairman of the Senate National Guard Caucus says the country may be overlooking the severity of the current threats because it is tired of war after 13 years and asked NGAUS to help him convince citizens and lawmakers that now is not the time to cut the... Read more
Washington Report (August 19, 2014) Before the state's governor called up the National Guard in an attempt to settle unrest in Ferguson, Mo., civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said the Guard should be called on to protect protesters. "Federalize the Missouri National Guard to... Read more
Washington Report (August 12, 2014) Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., remembered National Guardsmen past and present when he accepted the Harry S. Truman Award from NGAUS recently in Monticello, Ky. Click here to see photos. "I dedicate this award to all the brave men and women who continue to fight for... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law a reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs that easily passed Congress last week. The reform includes several items of interest to National Guard members who live far from VA facilities or have been the... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) Legislation introduced in the Senate would allow the Air Force to seek a more affordable overhaul of the C-130 aircraft's communication and navigation systems to keep them flying beyond a deadline for such improvements. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has bipartisan... Read more
Washington Report (August 5, 2014) A 10-member panel that includes retired generals, former Pentagon officials and former members of Congress says the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review describes a military underfunded for the world it faces and blames sequestration for the problem. The National... Read more

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