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(Sept. 13, 2013) President Barack Obama has assured members of the military that any changes to the Pentagon’s compensation and retirement package will not affect them, unless they choose to take advantage of any preferable benefits that may result. In a letter to the Military Retirement and... Read more
(Sept. 12, 2013) The active-component leadership in the Pentagon does not agree with a Defense Department panel’s recommendation last week that the reserve component remain at an operational level even after the war in Afghanistan ends. The recommendation from the Reserve Forces Policy Board... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Sept. 11, 2013) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has released the following statement to mark September as Suicide Prevention Month: The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country, and that means we... Read more
A review of all courses of action currently under discussion for the total Army in the Program Objective Memorandum for fiscal years 2015 to 2019 show they are all versions of proportional reductions of all three components. These proposals reduce our national defense capability and put homeland... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Sept. 3, 2013) A Defense Department panel is expected to endorse greater reliance on reserve-component troops when it makes a formal recommendation to leadership this week. Members of the Reserve Forces Policy Board will vote Thursday on how reserve-component troops should... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) The Army should choose a new boot for soldiers next spring and have it available soon after that, according to a newspaper report this week. Three companies have created boots that will stand up to the heat and dust and mountainous terrain like that found in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 27, 2013) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed last week to protect the GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans, which he helped write when he was a U.S. senator. He was answering a question from a Marine during a visit to Hawaii about a specific part of the law, but chose to... Read more
“Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight.”  This was a recent lead in a Defense News story discussing the potential for... Read more
(Aug. 21, 2013) Airmen who are a bit too big around the middle may not automatically fail the Air Force physical fitness test, according to a memo today from the service’s chief of staff. The memo from Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, which was obtained by Air Force Times, allows leniency on the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (Aug. 20, 2013) Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the Air National Guard director, discussed a variety of topics last week at his first All-Call. The event, part of Focus on the Force week held at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., provided... Read more

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