Army National Guard

“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
(May 11, 2016) Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of NGAUS and former Iowa National Guardsman, keeps appearing on the list of possible running mates for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Longtime Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said he intends to tell Trump that Ernst would be... Read more
Washington Report (May 3, 2016) The House Armed Services Committee passed its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act last week, including some items of interest to National Guardsmen, such as a delay in converting dual-status technicians to federal civilian employees and... Read more
Washington Report (May 3, 2016) Financial experts are telling the Pentagon that the reformed military retirement plan would shortchange career service members, especially those in the enlisted ranks, according to a report this week from Military Times. While National Guard members continue to wait... Read more
Washington Report (April 26, 2016) The Army National Guard will grow to 350,000 soldiers if the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee gets his way. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, included the figure in his “chairman’s mark” of the House version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act... Read more
Washington Report (April 26, 2016) The Air National Guard is a winner in the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal 2017. The Army Guard has little to cheer about. The budget developed by the Defense Department is analyzed from a Guard perspective in the annual legislative issue of National Guard.... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) The Democratic presidential candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., added their voices to the chorus opposing cuts to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, which are in a House bill that includes other services for veterans.... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) Retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the president of NGAUS, added his signature to a letter pushing for increased benefits for National Guardsmen and Reservists and sent today to House and Senate leadership on defense issues. The letter sent to the chairmen and ranking... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) Lawmakers have addressed a variety of issues of interest to veterans and service members, from access to medical marijuana to footwear to fertility assistance. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., added an amendment to the Department of Veterans Affairs appropriations bill... Read more
Washington Report (April 19, 2016) Maj. Gen. Marta Carcana, the adjutant general of Puerto Rico, accompanied by veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers, placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery last week. At an earlier ceremony at the... Read more

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