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Today the Senate Armed Services Committee met to consider the following nominations: General Mark A. Welsh III, USAF for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Chief of Staff, United States Air Force Lieutenant General John F. Kelly, USMC to be general and Commander, United States... Read more
Senate Republicans are floating the idea of establishing House-Senate working groups as a way to forge a compromise plan to avoid massive defense budget cuts in the coming year. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH.) said that forming the bipartisan working groups would be a critical piece in getting lawmakers... Read more
Last week the Department of Defense in a letter to Congressional members announced that it will stop scheduled Air Force transfers until Congress finalizes the 2013 budget. This is long overdue considering both the House and Senate months ago included language in the National Defense Authorization... Read more
The Air Force announced yesterday that it has withdrawn two C-27J cargo planes from Afghanistan and plan to replace them with C-130s to pick up the slack, presumably though the end of operations. This rings funny considering these two C-27Js, operated by the Maryland Air National Guard, were... Read more
Last week Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Co-Chairs of the Senate National Guard Caucus, reached out to the nominee for the next Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark Welsh. They congratulated him, expressed their concerns about the current Air Force... Read more
Members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate circulated a letterto their colleagues in Congress asking them to co-sponsor a Concurrent Resolution honoring the National Guard’s 375 years of service and affirming congressional support for ‘maintaining an Operational Reserve as a... Read more
After a grueling battle of amendments, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed their version of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of committee this morning at 2 a.m. The bill includes several NGAUS priorities, including halting cuts to the Air National Guard. The bill... Read more

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