Department of Defense

By Rebecca Autrey (Jan. 10, 2014) Between drills, preparing for drills, professional development classes and more, Gen. Frank J. Grass says he’s hard-pressed to find a member of the National Guard who trains only 39 days a year. The chief of the National Guard Bureau was pushing back at a statistic... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey (Jan. 8, 2014) Striking the right balance between active-duty soldiers and reserves, in particular the National Guard, will be a key component of military success as things reshuffle after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Gen. Ray T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff.  ... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) The Army has asked its commanders to assess the climate within their commands with a special emphasis on how sexual assaults are handled. From the company level upward, commanders have been told to use the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Jan. 7, 2014) The Defense Department announced Friday changes in imminent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, Col. Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters. According to a DoD news release announcing the recertification, the combatant commands conducted... Read more
As 2013 draws to an end, there is a strong sense that change is in the air. The United States finds itself winding down a major ground campaign in Afghanistan and pivoting its security doctrine towards the Pacific. New threats in the cyber domain have placed additional roles for our nation’s... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 23, 2013) The 23rd Secretary of the Air Force was formally sworn in Friday at the Pentagon. Deborah James assumed the position of the Air Force’s civilian leader, making her the second female in Air Force history to serve in the role. As James takes on her new duties... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) Nearly 150 members of the House of Representatives have asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to not give in to an Army plan to reduce the size of the Army National Guard to 315,000 soldiers. In a letter sent Friday and signed by members of both parties, House... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 17, 2013) The Pentagon has determined it can save $120 million a year if TRICARE For Life users fill some prescriptions by mail. The government last week published an interim rule requiring retirees and family members age 65 and older to fill maintenance prescriptions... Read more
It is the National Guard’s Birthday week, and a lot of things happened! WEPTAC The Air National Guard held its 32nd Annual Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC) this week after being pushed back due to the government shutdown in October.  Warfighters from across the country gathered in Tucson,... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Dec. 3, 2013) The National Guard and the Army have come out of discussions with different views of the service's future. Both aim to save money in this time of required budget cuts, but the Guard plan would keep 30,000 more soldiers in the Army Guard than the Army plan.... Read more

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