Army National Guard

Washington Report (April 18, 2017) The National Guard responded to 60 natural disasters, wildfires and severe weather events in fiscal 2016. It continues to have 4,000 members conducting domestic operations on federal-duty status each day. The 57 National Guard Civil Support Teams were called... Read more
Washington Report (April 18, 2017) A lighter load for deployed troops could be available sometime next year. The Army is pushing ahead with developing and fielding new headgear, protective vests and eyewear as part of the Soldier Protection System under development at Fort Belvoir, Virginia,... Read more
Washington Report (April 11, 2017) National Guardsmen and Reservists stop earning credit for GI Bill benefits when receiving medical care after they are wounded, injured or become ill during active-duty deployments. Three senators have introduced legislation that would prevent reserve-component... Read more
Washington Report (April 11, 2017) Twelve Army awards are eligible for the “C” and “R” devices recently created by the service after a two-year review of awards by the Pentagon. Much like the “V” device added to awards to recognize valor in combat, the new devices will honor actions taken under... Read more
Washington Report (April 11, 2017) President Donald Trump’s pick to be the Army secretary has the full support of the defense secretary, but advocates for gay, lesbian and transgender rights say he is not a good choice to follow Eric Fanning, the first openly gay service secretary. Trump has... Read more
Washington Report (April 4, 2017) Legislation introduced last week would provide the most sweeping modernization to the National Guard military-technician program since its creation in 1968. Military technicians provide much of the full-time support required to maintain Guard readiness. They are... Read more
Washington Report (April 4, 2017) Legislation in the Senate and House would allow National Guardsmen and Reservists to deduct from their taxes expenses incurred while traveling to and from a duty station. The Tax Relief for Guard and Reserve Training Act, S 697 and HR 1687, has the support of NGAUS... Read more
Washington Report (March 14, 2017) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said National Guardsmen have shown the nation during the war on terrorism that they are the equal of active-component members. “There is literally no difference,” he said Monday during an interview with National Guard, the monthly... Read more
Washington Report (March 14, 2017) The need for National Guard members to train for up to 60 days each year and increase combat-training-center rotations was explained last week when a senior Army leader testified on Capitol Hill. “Units that must be available immediately, such as Army National... Read more
Washington Report (March 7, 2017) Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., and Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., are introducing today the Reserve Component Benefits Parity Act. The bill addresses unequal compensation for reserve-component members who deploy under the 12304b mobilization authority. Under that authority... Read more