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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
(Dec. 18) Enlisted airmen will be trained to fly the unarmed RQ-4 Global Hawks, remotely piloted aircraft that fly high-altitude missions for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James made the announcement Thursday. “Our enlisted force is the best in the world... Read more
WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2015) — A representative for three military associations that give voice to 1.1 million National Guardsmen and Reservists told a House panel this morning that military health-care reform must address the unique challenges faced by reserve-component service members. “Most... Read more
Washington Report (December 1, 2015) The Pentagon would send more troops to Syria if the initial commitment of 50 special operations troops shows promise. USA Today reported Monday on comments from a senior defense official.   According to the official, who could not be named, if the troops sent to... Read more
Washington Report (November 24, 2015) Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, the director of the Army National Guard, is preparing recommendations on the readiness and training of his force to send soon to the Army chief of staff. Kadavy discussed his effort during an address last week before the Association... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday that ground troops are needed to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which claimed credit for the deadly attacks in Paris last week.   McCain, the chairman of the Senate... Read more
Washington Report (November 10, 2015) The Army National Guard is slated for changes to its personnel end strength and force structure over the next few years that will see a number of units inactivated and a reduction in force of more than 15,000 soldiers as part of overall Army force-reduction... Read more
Washington Report (October 20, 2015) The commander of First Army said last week that 39 training days is not enough for Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers to maintain an operational reserve.   "I firmly believe that if we're going to maintain that reserve component as an operational... Read more
A story in Tuesday's Washington Report newsletter began with a sobering fact. "Fifty-six National Guard members took their own lives during the first six months of 2015, according to the Pentagon's Quarterly Suicide Report. At the same time one year ago, the figure was 42." The report was released... Read more
Washington Report (October 6, 2015) The Senate could vote as soon as today on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, but the president has said he will veto the version of the bill that passed the House last week.   President Barack Obama opposes the bill because House Republicans included... Read more

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