WASHINGTON (March 19, 2020) — NGAUS wrote President Donald Trump and congressional leaders today strongly recommending the use of the National Guard in a federal Title 32 status to respond to the unfolding novel coronavirus pandemic.
"The governors know best how to respond to an emergency in their states," said retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, the NGAUS president. "Title 32 status provides the men and women of the National Guard with federal pay and health care while keeping them under the control of the governors. It protects the troops, relieves a financial burden from the states, but keeps the response local and flexible."
The letters follow.
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Reporters, Editors & Producers: Retired Brig. Gen. Roy Robinson is available for interviews or to appear as a subject matter expert on issues related to the National Guard. Contact John Goheen at 202-408-5882 to schedule an interview or appearance.
ABOUT NGAUS: The association includes nearly 45,000 current or former Guard officers. It was created in 1878 to provide unified National Guard representation in Washington. In their first productive meeting after Reconstruction, militia officers from the North and South formed the association with the goal of obtaining better equipment and training by educating Congress on Guard requirements. Today, 142 years later, NGAUS has the same mission.