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Washington Report (July 19, 2016) Lawmakers left town until September last week with the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and the budget still far from complete. While both chambers have approved versions of the bills, they must be reconciled before being sent to the president for his... Read more
Washington Report (June 21, 2016) While the House and Senate work to create one defense policy bill from two, NGAUS will monitor discussions and push lawmakers to include provisions beneficial to the National Guard. Both chambers have passed their versions of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (June 21, 2016) Four senators expressed their support last week for the National Guard’s State Partnership Program by organizing an event on Capitol Hill to showcase the 23-year old program. “With limited resources, the question is, ‘Is it worth it?’” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S... Read more
Washington Report (June 14, 2016) In a written editorial, Rep. Martha McSally, R- Ariz., explains how the Air Force must conduct a "fly-off" between the A-10 and the F-35 to determine if the newest fighter can replace the old warhorse. The House version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense... Read more
Washington Report (May 31, 2016) Army Secretary Eric Fanning said uncertainty in the budget process affects the service’s ability to train and equip soldiers. In an interview with Army Times published over the weekend, Fanning, who was sworn in May 18, said, “The main challenge with the budget is... Read more
“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
Washington Report (May 17, 2016) The House will consider its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act this week, while the version passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week leaks out in bits and pieces. Published reports show a difference in the two plans... Read more
“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... 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 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

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