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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
This week, the National Guard Association of the United States sent a letter of support to Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, for her leadership in introducing H.R. 641, the National Guard State Partnership Program Enhancement Act. This bill would would create funding stability for the National... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 26, 2013) NGAUS is asking Congress to find an alternative to sequestration, which would cause great harm to the National Guard if the $85 billion in cuts for the current fiscal year kick in Friday. Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, has... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Feb. 26, 2013) A member of Congress has added his voice to those unhappy with the Pentagon’s decision to rank a new medal above those that can only be earned in combat. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., an Army veteran, has asked the Defense Department to reconsider the importance... 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

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