October 2018 Update

NGAUS on the Hill

On September 28, President Donald Trump signed Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations legislation into law.  This is the first time since FY 09 DoD received funding before the start of the fiscal year.  The legislative staff worked diligently this year to ensure DoD appropriations contained NGAUS priorities and robust funding for the National Guard. A few notable highlights include:

  • $452.6 million for AH-64 Apache Block IIIB New Build helicopters for the Army (includes $168.0 million for 6 aircraft for the ARNG)
  • $1.1 billion for UH-60 Black Hawk M Model helicopters for the Army (includes $156.0 million for 8 aircraft for the ARNG)
  • $100.0 million for the ARNG High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Modernization Program
  • $640.0 million for 8 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the ANG
  • $181.0 million for C-130H modernization (includes $55.0 million for NP2000 propellers and $74.0 million for T-56 3.5 engine upgrades)
  • $67.2 million for F-15C Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) kits and $10.0 million for F-15C Eagle ALQ-128 Electronic Warfare Warning Sets (EWWS)
  • $1.3 billion for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA) (includes $421.0 million for the ARNG and $421.0 million for the ANG)
  • Additional $11.6 million for the National Guard State Partnership Program
  • $217.1 million for the National Guard Counter-drug program
  • $8.0 million for the National Guard preventative mental health pilot program

A full NGAUS Legislative Report is available on our website here.  The legislative staff and Task Forces are now developing FY 20 NGAUS legislative priorities based on the resolutions adopted at the 140th General Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans earlier this year.