Preserve an Operational Force

“It turned darker than midnight.” On the morning of May 18, 1980, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook Mt. St. Helens, causing an eruption of hot smoke and ash to shoot 80,000 feet into the air over the southwestern part of Washington state.   Pete Holmberg, a former aeroscout in a cavalry unit in... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Congress to delay a plan that would remove some dual-status technicians from the Guard and make them civilian employees of the federal government. The plan in the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., says a continuing resolution is likely next year as House Republicans seem unable to agree on a budget for fiscal 2017. Cole, who made the remarks on C-SPAN last week, is a member of the House Budget Committee. “I think that’s more... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a supporter of the A-10 aircraft the Air Force wants to retire, told Pentagon leaders the service should dump bands and turn musicians into mechanics if manning levels are its reason for scrapping the fighter jet, according to... Read more
(Jan. 29, 2016) AH-64 Apache attack helicopters should remain in the Army National Guard. That’s a key recommendation of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, which released its final report Thursday after one year of study and investigation of the attack aviation issue and several... Read more
(Dec. 18) Enlisted airmen will be trained to fly the unarmed RQ-4 Global Hawks, remotely piloted aircraft that fly high-altitude missions for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the announcement Thursday. “Our enlisted force is the best in the world... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2015) — A representative for three military associations that give voice to 1.1 million National Guardsmen and Reservists told a House panel this morning that military health-care reform must address the unique challenges faced by reserve-component service members. “Most... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, the director of the Army National Guard, is preparing recommendations on the readiness and training of his force to send soon to the Army chief of staff. Kadavy discussed his effort during an address last week before the Association... Read more
Washington Report (Nov. 3, 2015) Forty-seven senators from both sides of the aisle have reminded the National Commission on the Future of the Army of the important role played by the reserve components and want commissioners to consider that role as they prepare their report for Congress and the... Read more
Washington Report (October 20, 2015) Sixteen senators wrote to Army leadership Friday, asking for clarity on the Army's tactical wheeled vehicle strategy.   The note to John McHugh, the Army secretary, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, comes two months after the Army awarded Oshkosh... Read more

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