Department of Defense

Letters to Congress and the Executive Branch On behalf of the nearly 460,000 men and women of the National Guard, NGAUS regularly reaches out to members of Congress and the Executive Branch on issues of importance. Below is an archive of the letters that have been sent on your behalf.  2014... Read more
The Reserve Forces Policy Board’s January 2013 report entitled: “Eliminating Major Gaps in DoD Data on the Fully-Burdened and Life-Cycle Cost of Military Personnel: Cost Elements Should be Mandated by Policy”,  found that the cost of a reserve component (RC) service member when not activated is... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Overseas deployments for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve to places like Kosovo and the Sinai may end as the Army looks for ways to save money. The service’s Office of Legislative Liaison delivered a memo last week to both chambers of Congress... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Traditional assumptions about force structure deserve reconsideration in the current fiscal environment, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said last week. During testimony on Capitol Hill, Gen. Frank J. Grass was asked about the optimum mix of active... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 16, 2013) There will be no medal for drone pilots and cyber warriors no matter how well they perform. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel scrapped the Distinguished Warfare medal Monday in favor of a device that can be attached to existing medals. The medal was announced... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 9, 2013) An effort has begun in the Pentagon to move the fire-fighting mission now performed by the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve to Title 10 status under active-component command. A memorandum making this recommendation was obtained by NGAUS. It was... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 9, 2013) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will ask Congress to change military law so that commanders cannot overturn major convictions, the secretary announced in a written statement issued Monday. Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice currently gives... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 2, 2013) Pulling the plug on a deployment of Indiana Army National Guardsmen last month does not signal a change in how the Army intends to use the Guard, an Army official says. But some view with foreboding the late cancellation of deployments in June by four... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (April 2, 2013) National Guard and Reserve military technicians, who are facing 14 days of possible furlough later this year, will soon be asked to evaluate how valuable they are to their units. A letter sent last week from the office of the deputy assistant defense... Read more
A quick look back at National Guard stories from this week:  Tuition assistance is on its way back, hopefully. The recently-signed continuing resolution reinstates tuition assistance, but there is no timeline attached. (via Stars and Stripes) Death by 1,000 cuts. Is the active Army trying to poach... Read more