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The National Guard and Reserve full-time workforce has been in the news lately because of the furloughs that they are facing due to sequestration.  The original furlough has been cut from 22 to 14 days. That is okay news for the Guard, though it's far from optimal. Another announcement was made... Read more
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
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
NGAUS Washington Report (March 26, 2013) Arkansas is leading the effort in the Senate to grant veteran status to all National Guard and Reserve retirees. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., last month reintroduced the Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act, which would give... Read more
This afternoon, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., David Vitter, R-La., Chris Coons, D-Delaware, Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced bipartisan legislation to expand cyber security capability in the National Guard... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 19, 2013) The National Guard State Partnership Program is an extraordinarily effective, enduring, low-cost tool to advance the national security objective of building partnership capacity, two veteran combatant commanders told Congress Friday. “You probably have the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 12, 2013) Bowing to criticism, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering a 30-day review of the order of precedence for the Pentagon’s new Distinguished Warfare Medal, which critics have ripped because the award for actions far from combat ranks above others that can... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 12, 2013) The NGAUS president told a congressional panel last week that employers discriminate against National Guard and Reserve members. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. told a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees that current... 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 (March 5, 2013) The National Guard should be pleased with a $982 billion funding bill released Monday by the House Appropriations Committee designed to keep the government open past March 27. In all areas except Army Guard personnel, the committee funds the Guard at or... Read more

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