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August 29, 2012

We sure are, and we hope to see you in Reno, Nevada as we gather with fellow National Guard men and women from all 50 States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. 

This year's conference theme is "The National Guard: Hometown Force, Global Reach." During the day, you’ll hear from guest speakers from the Pentagon and Congress during business sessions...

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August 28, 2012

Sequester seems to be the only thing people are talking about these days in the defense community, and with good reason. As we reported in an earlier post, congressional leaders announced earlier this month that they will most likely move to a “clean” stop gap spending measure through a six-month continuing resolution (CR).

Operating under a CR at FY12 spending levels when sequestration...

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August 24, 2012

Last year, Congress included a bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Senators Blunt (R-MO) and Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect members of the National Guard under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. This amendment extends...

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August 22, 2012

A pro-defense think tank has issued a new report that shows by congressional district the impact on local businesses of the potential $500 billion in across-the-board budget cuts looming in January. The report does not include any assumptions about potential military or civilian personnel reductions, nor does it try...

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August 21, 2012

Today NGAUS hosted four Army National Guard Outstanding Soldiers/Non-Commission Officers of the Year.

Earlier this month, seven Soldiers and seven non-commissioned officers competed in a head to head in the Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition to see who was the best of the best. The four...

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August 20, 2012

Broken Reserve System Needs To Be Fixed
By Gus L. Hargett, Jr., president, National Guard Association
Originally appeared in The Hill's Congress Blog on 8/17/2012

Now is the time to...

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August 17, 2012

Severe cuts to the military that may come as a result of sequestration next year may adversely impact the National Guard, and by extension, domestic security, former Pentagon leaders said.

Paul McHale, a former Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who also served as assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, warned that sequestration would affect Title 32 funding, which...

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August 16, 2012

Imagine if there was a nuclear attack in the United State today. Who would be there to respond, to help save lives? Local and state authorities, as well as first responders, would no doubt be overwhelmed. The National Guard inevitably would be called out in support missions, and if the damage was significant enough, the Governor may end up requesting additional aid from Washington.


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August 15, 2012

Congressional leaders may want a “clean” stop gap spending measure, but lawmakers already are showing they have different ideas of what makes a bill clean.

Leaders likely will wait until September to decide what, if any, additions or changes will be permitted to the six-month continuing resolution (CR). It is expected to set discretionary spending at the $1.047...

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August 14, 2012

General Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s 20th Chief of Staff, introduced himself to the nation's airmen and women on Friday in his first official letterafter being sworn in by Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley.


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August 9, 2012

In case you missed it, the Air National Guard was featured in a great piece last night on CBS Evening News that discusses how the Air National Guard has significantly improved its recruiting numbers by participating in national Air Shows and showing off rock star Air Guard pilots performing dynamic maneuvers before crowds of young potential recruits. Awesome clip....check it out!


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August 7, 2012

In June, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced S. 3441, the Wildfire Suppression Aircraft Transfer Act of 2012, which would transfer C-27J aircraft from the Air National Guard to the Forest Service. Last week, Representative Ken Calvert (R-Calf.) introduced a companion bill in the House,...

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August 3, 2012

Appropriations Bill Status
The House completed work on their version of the bill on July 19, however, Senate leaders have acknowledged they will likely be unable to complete work on FY13 spending measures until after the November elections.  As a result, House and Senate leaders announced that they have worked out an agreement on a six-month Continuing Resolution...

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August 2, 2012

Cyber Security

The Senate failed to advance legislation today aimed at protecting American computer networks from cyber attacks (S.3414). A cloture vote, which would end debate on the bill, fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward towards a final vote.

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