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 Sarah Sontag | May 18, 2016 | Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Domestic Response, equipment, Families, funding, Joint Forces, Pay and Benefits, personnel, Veterans
“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 Vietnam, was a captain and platoon leader for the Washington Army National Guard... Read Full Story
By Sarah Sontag | May 11, 2016 | Families, Joint Forces, Mental Health Care, Pay and Benefits, personnel, Veterans
It goes without saying that speedy and ongoing access to mental health care is extremely important for military members and veterans. Often, mental-health illness is overlooked or hushed away. In light of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ve detailed some mental-health initiatives. Suicide Prevention: A Department of Veterans Affairs study published in 2012 found that... Read Full Story
By Sarah Sontag | May 4, 2016 | Congress, Families, funding, House of Representatives, Mental Health Care, Pay and Benefits, personnel, retirement, Senate, TRICARE, Veterans, White House
“My VA is about keeping veterans at the table: In control of how, when and where they wish to be served.” - VA Secretary Robert McDonald “My VA” is how Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald described his ideal standard of care when speaking today about his vision for an accessible, modern and integrated VA at the Center for Strategic and... Read Full Story
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