Department of Defense

NGAUS Washington Report (June 18, 2013) Funerals for Air Force retirees and Air National Guardsmen who die while not on active duty have become victims of the budget woes in the Pentagon.  The honor team sent by the service to attend the funeral will include only two airmen instead of the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 11, 2013) The nation's governors have asked congressional and Pentagon leadership to maintain the National Guard's capabilities while shrinking the military's overall size. In letters last week, the National Governors Association asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304. The House Armed Services committee passed H.R.... Read more
This week is a busy week – the House of Representatives will be considering its version of the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R 1960, on the floor. Meanwhile, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking its version S.1304 tomorrow. The House Armed Services committee... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 4, 2013) The chief of the National Guard Bureau has told the chiefs of the Army and Air Force that the National Guard is available and asks the two leaders to use them. “The National Guard is all in,” Gen. Frank J. Grass says in the two memos sent May 31.    The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 4, 2013) Pete Duffy, the acting NGAUS legislative director, told the Commission on the Structure of the Air Force today that the Air National Guard can play a valuable role in the flying service’s future.   The commission was created by Congress a year ago in the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (June 4, 2013) Male and female service members are united by the uniform they wear and by a single, shared standard, the senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau said in Arlington, Va., recently. "We do not serve based on gender, race or creed,"... Read more
In the current fiscally constrained environment, our federal government is facing difficult choices in prioritizing federal programs. Some of the most contentious discussions are taking place within the Department of Defense as they grapple with the drawn down of the wars and settle on new... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (May 28, 2013) In what may be a sign of things to come, the Pentagon’s request for higher fees for TRICARE users was quickly deep-sixed last week by the first group of lawmakers to consider it. The House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel rejected nearly all... Read more
The challenges and opportunities of the National Guard's changing environment suggest the need for enhanced capacity to act as one voice - that is, to chart strategic directions and mobilize the National Guard community around those directions. The NGAUS strategic plan sets the direction for... Read more

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