Department of Defense

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
NGAUS Washington Report (July 30, 2013) The Army National Guard was the victim of another round of hyperbole from Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president. "Yesterday, during a seminar at the American Enterprise Institute in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 30, 2013) NGAUS believes an amendment to the fiscal 2014 National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 2397, is an important first step to ending the current furlough of National Guard dual-status military technicians and preventing their recurrence in the future. The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 30, 2013) The House included several provisions to bolster National Guard readiness and capabilities in the version of the fiscal 2014 National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 2397, it passed July 24. The defense spending bill provides funding over the president... Read more

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