Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2013) NGAUS today released the following statement by retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president: “The House of Representatives sent a clear message to the Pentagon this week in its version of the fiscal 2014 Defense Appropriations Act: Keep the National Guard... Read more
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed their version of the Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Appropriations bill, H.R. 2397, which includes robust funding to ensure the National Guard remains fully operational and engaged in domestic and overseas operations.   NGAUS is thankful for the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 23, 2013) Guard members who want to transfer their GI Bill benefits to a family member after Aug. 1 will be required to spend six more years in uniform. Active-component members will have a four-year obligation. The Army Times explained the benefit this week. The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 23, 2013) Funding for the top Defense Department staffs will be cut by 20 percent as Pentagon officials work to craft a strategy-based spending plan that accounts for likely future spending cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said last week. Hagel said the cuts will... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 23, 2013) In his address Monday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on the nation’s 22 million veterans to become partners in helping the Defense Department work through “historic transition and change.” Every... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 16, 2013) The NGAUS president planned to tell an influential group today to stem the fiscal crisis affecting the government and the Pentagon by growing the National Guard and shrinking the active-component force. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr. told a Reserve... Read more
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

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