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(May 11, 2016) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of NGAUS and former Iowa National Guardsman, keeps appearing on the list of possible running mates for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Longtime Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said he intends to tell Trump that Ernst would be... 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
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
Washington Report (February 9, 2016) Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., says the proposed pay raise of 1.6 percent for military members is "ridiculous" and vows to push for an increase. The President's Budget for fiscal 2017 was released today, but word had leaked ahead of time that it would include the pay... Read more
Washington Report (Feb. 9, 2016) A full house of state National Guard association executive directors is attending the 19th NGAUS Legislative Workshop today at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they will hear from lawmakers, defense leaders and other... Read more
Washington Report  (January 12, 2016) President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address to Congress tonight. Military Times expects the president to tout progress made against the Islamic State and the reduction of homelessness and unemployment among veterans. At NGAUS,... Read more
Washington Report (December 29, 2015) President Barack Obama and the first lady spent part of Christmas with Marines, sailors and family members at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The president and Michelle Obama are on holiday with their daughters in Hawaii, where the president was born.   "This is one... Read more
Congress completed its work on the fiscal 2016 federal budget Friday and President Barack Obama signed the measure into law the same day. It provides funding for all government agencies, including the Defense Department, through Sept. 30, 2016.  The budget, which is for $1.1 trillion, includes $514... Read more
Washington Report (Dec. 15, 2015) Congress will have to pass one more continuing resolution before it reaches an agreement on a budget for next year and leaves town for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Politico reports that the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, which rolls up all 12 appropriations... Read more
Washington Report (December 8, 2015) Capt. John D. Fesler, a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard, has become the first Air Guardsman to serve as a White House social aide in the program's 114-year history.   Fesler, who is the company grade officer Air representative on the NGAUS board of... Read more

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