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Washington Report (June 14, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter would like to sidestep the "up-or-out" method of military promotions, saying it has been "highly successful" but has flaws. He is pushing for a promotion system based on merit, according to an article in Politico, a publication that... Read more
“It turned darker than midnight.” On the morning of May 18, 1980, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mt. St. Helens, causing an eruption of hot smoke and ash to shoot 80,000 feet into the air over the southwestern part of Washington state.   Pete Holmberg, a former aeroscout in a cavalry unit in... Read more
Washington Report (May 17, 2016) The House will consider its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week, while the version passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week leaks out in bits and pieces. Published reports show a difference in the two plans... Read more
It goes without saying that speedy and ongoing access to mental health care is extremely important for military members and veterans. Often, mental-health illness is overlooked or hushed away. In light of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve detailed some mental-health initiatives. Suicide... Read more
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Three National Guard Youth ChalleNGe programs will open next year, including one in a state that has not previously hosted the program. The first Youth ChalleNGe academy in Tennessee will open in Nashville in March 2017. Georgia will add a third program in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Congress to delay a plan that would remove some dual-status technicians from the Guard and make them civilian employees of the federal government. The plan in the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) At the urging of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Department of Veterans Affairs has modified a policy that had been causing a financial hardship for many reserve-component members who receive both VA benefits and drill pay. Because they are not permitted to... Read more
Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty... Read more
Washington Report (March 15, 2016) The first female could join the Air Force's tactical air control party later this year and female soldiers could join infantry and armor units next year, according to plans released last week by the services and approved by the Defense Department. The services... Read more

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