Department of Defense

By Ron Jensen January 30, 2015 NGAUS sees much that National Guardsmen might like in the report released Thursday by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, but the 15 recommendations made by panel members after two years of study and input from 150,000 interested parties... Read more
Washington Report (January 27, 2015) Army National Guard soldiers who were set to replace forces in Senegal and Liberia fighting West Africa's devastating Ebola outbreak will not be needed in that effort, Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said Friday. Soldiers from four Guard units would have... Read more
Washington Report (January 27, 2015) The Air Force Inspector General's Office is investigating remarks reportedly made by a two-star general who said speaking highly of the A-10 aircraft to Congress is "treason." According to a blog post by a former Air Force officer, Maj. Gen. James Post, the vice... Read more
Washington Report (January 20, 2015)  Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week tried to minimize the role the A-10 fighter is playing in the war against the Islamic State. She said other aircraft are being used more often in the campaign against the militant group, but pointed out that 11... Read more
By Ron Jensen January 16, 2015 The National Guard lost 133 soldiers and airmen to suicide in 2013, according to a Defense Department report released Friday. That includes 119 soldiers and 14 airmen and represents an overall increase from 2012 when 130 Guardsmen took their own lives. That figure was... Read more
Washington Report (January 13, 2015) One reason the Air Force is running low on trained and ready drone pilots is because many of them are taking their skills to the Air National Guard, an Air Combat Command official said last week. But a spokesman for the command said there are a number of reasons... Read more
01.06.15 Letter to Committee Leadership
01.06.15 letter to POTUS
Washington Report (December 30, 2014) The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is recommending modernizing the military's array of benefits for its members, according to the panel's spokesman. Jamie Graybeal told The Hill Monday that the report due at the White House Feb. 1... Read more
Washington Report   (December 30, 2014) The war in Afghanistan was officially ended Sunday after 13 years of combat, although more than 10,000 American troops will remain for now and the coalition that has battled the insurgency will still provide air support when it is deemed necessary. In a... Read more

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