Joint Forces

Washington Report (May 6, 2014) NGAUS sent out two legislative alerts this week ahead of the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The first alert, the association’s sixth of the year, asks members to write their congressional... Read more
Washington Report (March 25, 2014) A Marine lieutenant colonel serving in Afghanistan may have unknowingly entered the debate on whether AH-64 Apache helicopters should be taken from the Army National Guard. Lt. Col. S.G. Fosdal wrote a letter to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter of Idaho praising the “... Read more
The White House officially delivered its fiscal 2015 budget today, asking for increased taxes on the wealthy and slashing the payments to health providers. The $3.9 trillion budget also plans to raise revenue to repair the nation's roads and bridges. For the Pentagon’s piece of the pie—$495.6... Read more
I read with interest the opinion piece by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in The Washington Post last week. In The Military Needs to Reach Out to Civilians, the general remarked on the need for a better relationship between the military and the civilian population... Read more
The challenges and opportunities of the National Guard's changing environment suggest the need for enhanced capacity to act as one voice - that is, to chart strategic directions and mobilize the National Guard community around those directions. The NGAUS strategic plan sets the direction for... Read more
Letters to Congress and the Executive Branch On behalf of the nearly 460,000 men and women of the National Guard, NGAUS regularly reaches out to members of Congress and the Executive Branch on issues of importance. Below is an archive of the letters that have been sent on your behalf.  2014... Read more
It’s not every day you walk through a military museum and find a beekeeping uniform on display.  But that is what you’ll find when you walk through the new 9/11 Era Gallery at the National Guard Memorial Museum. The uniform highlights a mission completely unique to the National Guard, one that... Read more
Yesterday the Senate began debate and consideration of S.3254, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The managers of the bill and ranking members on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) brought the bill to the floor in the hopes that they... Read more
The first responsibility of any government and its defense establishment is to protect the lives and safety of its people. To that end, the Task Force on Domestic Operations will: Develop and facilitate legislative strategies to enhance planning, training, programming, and budgeting for the... Read more
The Medical Task Force will develop legislative strategies for meeting the medical and dental readiness needs of the National Guard that include but are not limited to the need for the expansion of benefits under TRICARE; the need for improvements in the delivery of pre-deployment and post-... Read more

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