THE ISSUE Cyber training pipelines are overloaded for all military components, which slows training and operational capacity. THE FIX The fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill provided: $12 million for National Guard Cyber Protection Team training $4 million for Persistent Cyber Training... Read more
THE ISSUE Since 2008, National Guard members earn limited Post–9/11 G.I. Bill benefits when serving on active duty. THE FIX The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 expanded Post–9/11 G.I. Bill eligibility for National Guard members, including: Increased benefit accrual for... Read more
THE ISSUE National Guard members have deployed under 12304b orders since 2012 for preplanned missions in support of combatant command,s but, unlike other overseas mobilizations, were not provided Post–9/11 G.I. Bill benefits. THE FIX Post–9/11 G.I. Bill benefit accrual for National Guard members... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report March 27, 2018 The fiscal 2018 budget signed into law Friday provides 20 new UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the Army National Guard, eight more than in the original budget request. The budget funds a total of 56 of the helicopters with $1.1 billion. That’s one of the... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report March 13, 2018 Army Secretary Mark Esper wants more time to spend money not yet approved by Congress. “I would prefer to have a year to spend those dollars,” he told reporters Monday in Washington, D.C. Help shape the future of the National Guard Congress has yet to approve... Read more
WASHINGTON (Jan. 22, 2018) — Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the NGAUS chairman of the board, and retired Brig. Gen. Roy Robinson, the NGAUS president, issued the following statement on the impact of the government shutdown on the National Guard:      “Even though it’s now possible that the government... Read more
Washington Report (October 10, 2017) This month marks the 25th anniversary of Youth ChalleNGe, an education and self-discipline program for "at-risk" youth run by the National Guard and conducted in a military-style environment. More than 150,000 individuals have graduated from the program in the... Read more
WASHINGTON (Aug. 3, 2017) — National Guardsmen and Reservists are one big step closer to benefits parity with their active-component brothers and sisters thanks to some swift, bipartisan action in Congress. The Senate Wednesday followed identical House action last month and passed the Harry W.... Read more
Washington Report (May 30, 2017) The campus of the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Laurel, Maryland, was named last month for retired Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, the former commander of the District of Columbia National Guard who pushed for establishing the program at what was 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