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NGAUS Washington Report  (April 5, 2016) Three National Guard Youth ChalleNGe programs will open next year, including one in a state that has not previously hosted the program. The first Youth ChalleNGe academy in Tennessee will open in Nashville in March 2017. Georgia will add a third program in... 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
NGAUS Washington Report (March 29, 2016) At the urging of Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the Department of Veterans Affairs has modified a policy that had been causing a financial hardship for many reserve-component members who receive both VA benefits and drill pay. Because they are not permitted to... Read more
Imagine pulling up to your local pharmacy as you do every month to pick up your prescription. However, this time the pharmacist informs you that TRICARE says you are not currently covered. Amidst your frustrations, you quickly call TRICARE only for them to ask one simple question: “Has your duty... Read more
Washington Report (March 15, 2016) The first female could join the Air Force's tactical air control party later this year and female soldiers could join infantry and armor units next year, according to plans released last week by the services and approved by the Defense Department. The services... Read more
Washington Report  (March 1, 2016) The top enlisted leaders of the military services told lawmakers last week that pay and compensation concerns are affecting the morale of the force. In response, one lawmaker decried his retirement pay which will be about $60,000, an amount he said is "not a lot... 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
(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

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