Domestic Response

(Oct. 1, 2015) National Guard members throughout the East Coast are making preparations to respond to flooding resulting from Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 hurricane currently churning its way through the Caribbean. Forecasted to gain strength over the next 48 hours as it moves in a steady... Read more
(Sept. 23, 2015) The District of Columbia National Guard is providing security and traffic control support to local authorities throughout Pope Francis's visit to Washington, D.C. More than 400 soldiers and airmen are on duty throughout the district providing security assistance and traffic... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) Governors, the Pentagon and Congress are taking steps to prevent another tragedy like the one last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., in which a gunman shot dead four Marines and a Navy petty officer. The gunman, who was killed by police, also fired shots at a recruiting... Read more
Washington Report (June 23, 2015) Retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, the president of the Association of the United States Army, told a panel exploring the Army's future structure that the need for a unified Total Force is "stronger than its individual parts." Sullivan spoke Thursday at the second... 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 9, 2015) NGAUS is closely watching the Senate debate this week of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment that would give official veteran status to thousands of National Guard retirees who now fall outside the federal definition. This... Read more
WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) — The National Guard Association of the United States today offered the National Commission on the Future of the Army five basic recommendations to fully leverage the capabilities and cost-effectiveness of the Army National Guard. Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) It was nearly dawn Thursday when the House Armed Services Committee voted 60-2 to approve the committee's version of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. The full House should take up the bill next week, about the same time the Senate Armed Services... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) The chief of the National Guard Bureau sounded a warning about the impact of sequestration on the National Guard in testimony to a Senate subcommittee last week. "I am concerned that under sequestration, the nation will have its smallest National Guard since the end... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) President Barack Obama has been asked by 25 state and territory seconds-in-command to rethink the Army's proposal in the fiscal 2016 budget to cut manpower in the Army National Guard by 8,000 and move its AH-64 Apache helicopters to the active component. The... Read more