Department of Defense

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
  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... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the new Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal for the battle against ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, during the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony last week. The medal is retroactive to June 15, 2014,... Read more
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... Read more
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Congress to delay a plan that would remove some dual-status technicians from the Guard and make them civilian employees of the federal government. The plan in the fiscal 2016 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (March 15, 2016) Men and women who leave the military should have longer access to the benefits available through Military OneSource, a Pentagon official told the acting secretary of the Army last week. Rosemary Williams, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military... Read more
Washington Report (February 2, 2016)Troop levels are a hot topic in the nation's capital as lawmakers are skeptical of a drawdown in Afghanistan, the American commander in Iraq says more troops may be needed there and the Pentagon budget for 2017 seeks to add a few thousand to the force in Europe.... Read more
(Jan. 14) The retirement of the A-10 from the Air Force arsenal will be put on hold because of its important role in the battle against ISIS and the resurgent Taliban, according to a report by DefenseOne, a website that reports on military issues. The article published online Wednesday says the... Read more
Washington Report  (January 12, 2016) Aviators who fly remotely piloted aircraft will receive an "R" to attach to the appropriate noncombat medals to recognize their efforts in military operations, the Pentagon announced last week. The small attachment that would "recognize remote impacts on combat... Read more
Washington Report (January 5, 2016) Thirty-two National Guard members killed themselves during the third quarter of last year, according to the Pentagon's latest report released Monday. The Quarterly Suicide Report shows five Air Guard members and 27 Army Guard troops committed suicide during the... Read more

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