Department of Defense

Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The family of a Louisiana Army National Guardsman killed during training earlier this year will be able to bury him at Arlington National Cemetery after all, John McHugh announced Friday. McHugh, the secretary of the Army, granted an exception to the policy that... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The House passed a defense spending bill June 11 that has funds for several unique National Guard efforts, including border-security operations, the State Partnership Program (SPP), the Youth ChalleNGe Program and Counterdrug Program. The Senate is expected to take... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said today's National Guard is the finest he's seen in the 45 years he's been in uniform. Grass returned to the Washington, D.C., area earlier this month after a six-country, nine-day trip visiting troops... Read more
Washington Report (June 9, 2015) Secretary of the Army John McHugh will leave his job in November, according to news reports. The former Republican lawmaker from New York was appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in September 2009. In the wake of the announcement Monday, Defense News... Read more
Washington Report (June 9, 2015) The Army wants to fill a new civil affairs position with officers in the reserve component and Individual Ready Reserve. The job of military government specialist requires experience in the civil affairs areas of public health and welfare, public safety, public... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) Military brass is cautiously supporting an overhaul of the military retirement system, versions of which are found in both the House and Senate National Defense Authorization Acts for fiscal 2016, according to a report this week from Military Times. Pentagon leaders... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) The family of a Louisiana Army National Guardsman who was among 11 military members killed in the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in March has been denied permission to have him buried at Arlington National Cemetery because of his duty status. A request for... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) New National Guard heritage paintings have been erased from the Pentagon budget by the Senate Armed Services Committee and its chairman, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., according to a report in Roll Call, a publication that covers Capitol Hill. The committee's version of... Read more
Washington Report (June 2, 2015) The program that allows military members to transfer their GI Bill education benefit to a spouse or child should be examined, according to the Senate's version of the defense authorization bill. The bill includes language, but nothing binding, recommending the... Read more
Washington Report (May 26, 2015) President Barack Obama described the Arlington National Cemetery Monday as "a reflection of our diversity" in his Memorial Day address at the hallowed burial ground. "Men and women of all backgrounds, all races and creeds and circumstances and faiths, willing to... Read more

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