The NGAUS Blog

Commentary on what’s happening in Washington, D.C., at NGAUS, and around the globe that pertains to our members and the National Guard.

By Heather Bennett | April 6, 2016 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Cyber Security, Department of Defense, funding, Joint Forces, military construction
  I was in the room Wednesday as Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed his plan to reform the structure of the military at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, D.C. In his talk, “Breaking New Ground: Preparing the DOD for the Future,” Carter said it was time to reform the Goldwater-Nichols Act passed in 1986 that streamlined the... Read Full Story
By NGAUS | April 1, 2016 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Congress, Department of Defense, Education, Employment, House of Representatives, Senate, White House
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 government and the Defense Department. The following includes their observations after three... Read Full Story
By Heather Bennett | March 23, 2016 | Congress, Families, insurance, Pay and Benefits, personnel, TRICARE
Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty status changed?” Once that reality hits, you gather yourself to call DEERS. You wait... Read Full Story
By Grace Washbourne | October 29, 2015 | Veterans
  NGAUS had the privledge of participating in a VSO Roundtable hosted by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Tim Walz this week.  NGAUS indicated its strong support for the following bills: S.715 (Senator Donnelly) THE SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERAN’S MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER ASSESSMENT ACT, requires DoD and VA to: (1) conduct annual evaluations of the implementation... Read Full Story
By Rebecca Autrey | October 9, 2015 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Families, personnel
A story in Tuesday's Washington Report newsletter began with a sobering fact. "Fifty-six National Guard members took their own lives during the first six months of 2015, according to the Pentagon's Quarterly Suicide Report. At the same time one year ago, the figure was 42." The report was released Sept. 30, the last day of Suicide Prevention Month. And though both numbers... Read Full Story