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
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
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