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(June 22, 2016) Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the nominee to lead the National Guard Bureau, praised the Guard’s evolution during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday and said he’ll strive to motivate the force. Lengyel has been nominated to succeed Gen. Frank Grass as chief of the bureau... Read more
Washington Report (June 21, 2016) While the House and Senate work to create one defense policy bill from two, NGAUS will monitor discussions and push lawmakers to include provisions beneficial to the National Guard. Both chambers have passed their versions of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (June 21, 2016) Four senators expressed their support last week for the National Guard’s State Partnership Program by organizing an event on Capitol Hill to showcase the 23-year old program. “With limited resources, the question is, ‘Is it worth it?’” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S... Read more
Washington Report (June 7, 2016) NGAUS is watching this week as senators may even work on Friday if that’s what it takes to finish the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week. Sen. Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, insists the bill will be finished this week. But a fight... Read more
Washington Report (May 24, 2016) The National Guard would share the deputy-commander slot at U.S. Northern Command with the Reserves if the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the defense authorization bill becomes law. Released late last week, the bill will be discussed by the full Senate... 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
Washington Report (May 3, 2016) Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, the adjutant general of Massachusetts for more than three years, is about to take charge of the Air National Guard. Confirmed last week by the Senate, Rice will fill the position that opened after the retirement of Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the president of NGAUS, added his signature to a letter pushing for increased benefits for National Guardsmen and Reservists and sent today to House and Senate leadership on defense issues. The letter sent to the chairmen and ranking... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., says the Army National Guard intelligence directorate, or G-2, is asking officers to illegally lobby Congress for support of a computing network that some say does not work, according to a report this week in The Washington... Read more
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

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