Department of Defense

NGAUS Washington Post (Aug. 6, 2013) The first few months of 2013 saw a drop in military suicides from the previous year, but officials are not ready to say the decline is a trend, according to a report in Army Times. The Defense Department Suicide Prevention Office reported 157 suicide deaths... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 6, 2013) President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next secretary of the Air Force once served in the Pentagon as the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs. The president last week announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to succeed Michael B.... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 30, 2013) The Army National Guard was the victim of another round of hyperbole from Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the NGAUS president. "Yesterday, during a seminar at the American Enterprise Institute in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 30, 2013) NGAUS believes an amendment to the fiscal 2014 National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 2397, is an important first step to ending the current furlough of National Guard dual-status military technicians and preventing their recurrence in the future. The... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (July 30, 2013) The House included several provisions to bolster National Guard readiness and capabilities in the version of the fiscal 2014 National Defense Appropriations Act, H.R. 2397, it passed July 24. The defense spending bill provides funding over the president... Read more
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

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