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Washington Report (May 24, 2016) The Government Accountability Office would study the cost and size of military bands under the defense authorization bill passed last week by the House. The study could lead to moving some positions now held by clarinet players to combat roles. The same legislation... Read more
Washington Report (May 24, 2016) Rep. Mark Takai, D-Hawaii, has ended his plans to seek re-election after learning that the cancer he has battled since last fall has spread. In a statement last week, Takai, a member of the Hawaii National Guard and NGAUS, said he will serve out the remainder of his... 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 (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
NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., says the Army National Guard intelligence directorate, or G-2, is asking officers to illegally lobby Congress for support of a computing network that some say does not work, according to a report this week in The Washington... 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) Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., a supporter of the A-10 aircraft the Air Force wants to retire, told Pentagon leaders the service should dump bands and turn musicians into mechanics if manning levels are its reason for scrapping the fighter jet, according to... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) Forty-four governors, both Republicans and Democrats, including those in Guam and Puerto Rico, have asked congressional leaders to repeal a law converting some National Guard military technicians into federal civilian employees. "We are gravely concerned about how... Read more
Washington Report (March 8, 2016) The adjutants general from states flying the C-130 have asked House and Senate defense leaders to push the Air Force to comply with mandated modernization plans while keeping separate their request to add four or more new C-130Js to the Air National Guard. Twenty-... Read more
Washington Report (February 9, 2016) Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., says the proposed pay raise of 1.6 percent for military members is "ridiculous" and vows to push for an increase. The President's Budget for fiscal 2017 was released today, but word had leaked ahead of time that it would include the pay... Read more

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