Department of Defense

NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) Secretary of the Army John McHugh warned last week that sequestration continues to threaten military readiness. "The furlough will have a degrading effect on the readiness of the Guard. That's inescapable," McHugh said during a visit Friday to the District... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 9, 2013) A comprehensive campaign aimed at helping National Guard units combat sexual assault has been launched by the National Guard Bureau in an effort to protect victims and eradicate the behavior from its ranks. "We are helping the states with training and... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 9, 2013) NGAUS wants congressional involvement in an upcoming meeting of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. The association is sending to Capitol Hill this week a notice about the meeting to encourage lawmakers to take part. The meeting will be... Read more
I read with interest the opinion piece by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in The Washington Post last week. In The Military Needs to Reach Out to Civilians, the general remarked on the need for a better relationship between the military and the civilian population... Read more
WASHINGTON (July 8, 2013) ― NGAUS today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president: “The National Guard in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia this week will begin furloughing nearly all of its... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Monday issued a message to the men and women of the Defense Department to mark the 40th anniversary of the nation’s all-volunteer force. Here is the text of the secretary’s message: “Forty years ago today, the Department of Defense implemented... Read more
Pentagon leaders exempted uniformed personnel from the sequester to limit the impact of ongoing budget debates on military readiness. However, they did not include the approximately 53,000 National Guard military technicians in that exemption. These technicians support the readiness of troops not... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) The winners of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award have been announced. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency, honors the top employers each year with the award. ESGR had 2,899 nominations from Guard... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 25, 2013) Pete Duffy, the NGAUS legislative director, blamed the stubborn rate of suicides in the military on a lack of interest and funding. He took part Saturday in an event marking National PTSD Awareness Day in the shadow of the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 18, 2013) The chief of the National Guard Bureau said Monday a proper mix of forces in the active and reserve components will best serve the nation. Gen. Frank J. Grass said, “I try not to say one or the other. We have to find a balance.” Grass spoke Monday morning... Read more

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