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By Heather Bennett and Aaron Wood (EDITOR’S NOTE: 1st Lt. Heather Bennett of the Mississippi National Guard and 1st Lt. Aaron Wood of the West Virginia National Guard are participating in the NGAUS Fellows Program. They will spend this year on the NGAUS staff for a close look at the federal... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a supporter of the A-10 aircraft the Air Force wants to retire, told Pentagon leaders the service should dump bands and turn musicians into mechanics if manning levels are its reason for scrapping the fighter jet, according to... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) Forty-four governors, both Republicans and Democrats, including those in Guam and Puerto Rico, have asked congressional leaders to repeal a law converting some National Guard military technicians into federal civilian employees. "We are gravely concerned about how... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) The adjutants general from states flying the C-130 have asked House and Senate defense leaders to push the Air Force to comply with mandated modernization plans while keeping separate their request to add four or more new C-130Js to the Air National Guard. Twenty-... Read more
Washington Report (February 9, 2016) Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., says the proposed pay raise of 1.6 percent for military members is "ridiculous" and vows to push for an increase. The President's Budget for fiscal 2017 was released today, but word had leaked ahead of time that it would include the pay... Read more
Washington Report (February 9, 2016) The Rural Guard and Reserves Act of 2016 introduced in the House last week would remove a $300 cap on travel reimbursement for qualifying National Guardsmen and Reservists who face long or expensive commutes to training exercises or other activities. Sponsored... Read more
Washington Report (Feb. 9, 2016) A full house of state National Guard association executive directors is attending the 19th NGAUS Legislative Workshop today at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will hear from lawmakers, defense leaders and other... Read more
Washington Report  (January 19, 2016) The Council of Governors is asking defense leaders in Congress to repeal a section of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would turn National Guard dual-status technicians into civilian employees of the federal government. Gov. Terry E.... Read more
Washington Report  (January 19, 2016) The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee hinted at a budget fight over defense after the president's budget is released next month. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said in a speech last week that the budget deal reached in October sets the wartime... Read more
Congress completed its work on the fiscal 2016 federal budget Friday and President Barack Obama signed the measure into law the same day. It provides funding for all government agencies, including the Defense Department, through Sept. 30, 2016.  The budget, which is for $1.1 trillion, includes $514... Read more

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