Our United States Air Force has been continuously engaged in combat operations for over two decades. These operations persist today and will continue for the foreseeable future.  While our tempo remains high, our budget continues to shrink. Current fiscal realities and a new generation of American... Read more
  2015 has seen a myriad of bills and amendments that affect our nation's veterans. Congress has introduced and passed many bills that not only address challenges within the Veterans Administration, but also focus on increased services and benefits. Although one of NGAUS' highest priorities was to... Read more
For many of us, summertime means long days and lazy nights, but the warm weather can also bring added stress with kids being out of school and needing to be entertained, planning for vacation, and even having to choose between an abundance of events and gatherings. People can experience stress for... Read more
Guardsmen encountering harmful toxins, biologics or viruses can develop illnesses in the natural course of those exposures, such as an Ebola exposure, resulting in the disease manifesting itself weeks later. Present Department of Veterans Affairs(VA) policy is that all exposures must result in... Read more
In January, the Senate formally recognized the reality of climate change. This move officially justified the need for our military to be prepared for future service in increasingly unpredictable climatic conditions. For example, a change in the geography of Arctic ice cover has the potential to... Read more
  As the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel marks up this Thursday, April 23 and the full committee on April 29, NGAUS members will be watching very closely to see if the committee includes the retirement recommendations from the Commission on Military Compensation and Retirement... Read more
The National Guard Association of the United States strongly supports the retirement recommendations within the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization (MCRMC) report released in January this year. These recommendations would bring about long-awaited compensation reform to the deserving... Read more
The White House and leaders of the House and Senate armed services committees named their picks to the National Commission on the Future of the Army last week. While NGAUS regrets no National Guard general officers were selected, we look forward to engaging with the commission and its staff. So... Read more
The National Guard continues to have the highest reported rate of suicides in the military.   The 2013 Defense Department Suicide Event Annual Report released last month said that rates of suicides for the National Guard and Reserve components were 28.9 and 23.4 per 100,000, respectively. And due... Read more
The relationships and knowledge generated through the National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) are of great and lasting benefit to not only the National Guard, but the nation as a whole.  There are few other programs in which intermittent cooperative knowledge sharing events involving foreign... Read more