Department of Defense

NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed last week to protect the GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans, which he helped write when he was a U.S. senator. He was answering a question from a Marine during a visit to Hawaii about a specific part of the law, but chose to... Read more
“Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight.”  This was a recent lead in a Defense News story discussing the potential for... Read more
(Aug. 21, 2013) Airmen who are a bit too big around the middle may not automatically fail the Air Force physical fitness test, according to a memo today from the service’s chief of staff. The memo from Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, which was obtained by Air Force Times, allows leniency on the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) For the first time, the Pentagon has given an Air National Guard unit the certification to drop nuclear bombs. The 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., passed the Defense Department’s Initial Nuclear Surety Inspection and may assist with the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) The Defense Department will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and  civilian employees. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that part of the Defense of Marriage Act is... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 13, 2013) The Defense Department is putting together a working group to look into the epidemic of child abuse in the military. The Prevention and Coordinated Community Response to Child Abuse, Neglect and Domestic Abuse Working Group was reported this week in Army... Read more
NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The Associated Press has learned that furloughs facing Defense Department civilians, including 48,000 uniformed National Guard dual-status technicians, have been cut from 11 days to six. The report was circulated early this afternoon. The AP quotes officials... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 6, 2013) The Department of Veterans Affairs is defending itself against charges that it inappropriately denies claims from C-123 crew members who say they were exposed to Agent Orange after the Vietnam War. According to a lengthy article in The Washington Post Sunday... Read more
NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The first few months of 2013 saw a drop in military suicides from the previous year, but officials are not ready to say the decline is a trend, according to a report in Army Times. The Defense Department Suicide Prevention Office reported 157 suicide deaths... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 6, 2013) President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next secretary of the Air Force once served in the Pentagon as the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs. The president last week announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to succeed Michael B.... Read more

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