Department of Defense

Washington Report (January 5, 2016) Thirty-two National Guard members killed themselves during the third quarter of last year, according to the Pentagon's latest report released Monday. The Quarterly Suicide Report shows five Air Guard members and 27 Army Guard troops committed suicide during the... Read more
Washington Report (January 5, 2016) The two New York Air National Guardsmen killed last month by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan have been named Honorary Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agents by Brig. Gen. Keith M. Givens, the OSI commander.    Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, and... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, released the following holiday message on Christmas Day:   My Fellow Guardsmen,   As we celebrate this holiday season and draw 2015 to a close, I extend my warmest greetings, deep gratitude and best... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) President Barack Obama and the first lady spent part of Christmas with Marines, sailors and family members at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The president and Michelle Obama are on holiday with their daughters in Hawaii, where the president was born.   "This is one... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) Following a two-year review of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Defense Department Monday forwarded to Congress a legislative proposal outlining a number of reforms.   According to a news release announcing the proposed changes, the proposal is based... Read more
A New York Air National Guard member was one of six American service members killed Monday in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Joe Lemm, 45, a New York City police detective, is the only victim of the attack identified as of this morning. A second New York Air Guardsman also died in the... Read more
Congress completed its work on the fiscal 2016 federal budget Friday and President Barack Obama signed the measure into law the same day. It provides funding for all government agencies, including the Defense Department, through Sept. 30, 2016.  The budget, which is for $1.1 trillion, includes $514... Read more
(Dec. 18) Enlisted airmen will be trained to fly the unarmed RQ-4 Global Hawks, remotely piloted aircraft that fly high-altitude missions for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the announcement Thursday. “Our enlisted force is the best in the world... Read more
Washington Report (December 8, 2015) It was a bustling morning today at the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C., with more than 200 corporate partners at NGAUS headquarters for the association's 19th annual Industry Day. Click here to view presentation slides.   Attendees mingled for... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2015) — A representative for three military associations that give voice to 1.1 million National Guardsmen and Reservists told a House panel this morning that military health-care reform must address the unique challenges faced by reserve-component service members. “Most... Read more

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