Department of Defense

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
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

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