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National Guard on Duty for Solar EclipseOpen in a New Window

(August 18, 2017) Massive crowds are expected along the path of the solar eclipse Monday that will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, so the National Guard is included in the plans of state emergency officials, according to a release from the National Guard Bureau.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown authorized the Guard to assign soldiers to deal with the influx of visitors. Six Guard aircraft and about 150 soldiers and airmen will be assigned, news reports said.

 

NGAUS Releases 139th Conference Business AgendaOpen in a New Window

Washington Report

(August 15, 2017) The new civilian head of the Air Force and three members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff headline the speakers scheduled to address the 139th General Conference & Exhibition in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept, 7-10.

 

Bill Speeding VA Appeals on Trump’s DeskOpen in a New Window

Washington Report

(August 15, 2017) Congress has approved legislation designed to trim the average wait time of two years to have an appeal heard by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act passed the House last week during a pro forma session after passing the Senate on its final day of work before the current August recess. The pro forma session, which allows business to be completed while members are absent, was necessary because the House is also on recess.

 

Analysis: Trump Defense Hike Unlikely SoonOpen in a New Window

Washington Report

(August 15, 2017) The $54 billion hike in defense spending for fiscal 2018 in the president’s budget request will probably fall victim to budget caps and a partisan divide in Congress, according to an analysis by Katherine Blakeley, a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

President Donald Trump wants $603 billion for defense, according to his request released in May.

 

GAO: Hard to Measure Value of Military BandsOpen in a New Window

Washington Report

(August 15, 2017) The military’s 136 bands, including five in the Air National Guard and 51 in the Army Guard, may be hitting all the right notes when they perform, but the services are missing the beat when it comes to measuring the effectiveness of the bands.

A Government Accountability Office report released last week says there is no way to determine if the bands are meeting their goals of inspiring patriotism and enhancing morale.

 

North Korean Crisis Delays Return of MIA RemainsOpen in a New Window

Washington Report

(August 15, 2017) Family members of American service members who have been missing in action since the Korean War are being thwarted in efforts to have remains returned to the United States. The administration of President Donald Trump is continuing a policy followed by two previous administrations.

 

First Artifacts Placed at National Museum of ArmyOpen in a New Window

Washington Report

(August 15, 2017) The National Museum of the United States Army is due to open in 2019, but some of the first artifacts are in place already at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. These are artifacts so large and heavy that they have to be set on reinforced concrete slabs now so the museum can be built around them.

The first artifact was put in place July 31. It is an M3 Bradley fighting vehicle. The one chosen for the honor was the lead vehicle in the 2003 charge from Kuwait to Baghdad in the invasion of Iraq.

 

A Conversation with Gen. Joseph L. LengyelOpen in a New Window

NATIONAL GUARD magazine
August 2017

(read online digital version)

‘I Know How Much America Depends On Us’

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel always wanted to be a fighter pilot. Flight and the power and speed that would be at his fingertips filled his thoughts from an early age.

“It was the coolest, most exciting thing that I could imagine,” he says.

 

Great Timing - By Matt PincusOpen in a New Window

NATIONAL GUARD magazine
August 2017
Washington Update

By Matt Pincus
(read online digital version)

Legislative success is more of an art than a science. Hard work and coalition building are important, but so is timing and, I freely admit, luck.

 

Conference UpdateOpen in a New Window

NATIONAL GUARD magazine
August 2017

(read online digital version)

139TH GENERAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
Louisville, Ky. | #NGAUS2017
Sept. 7 to 10, 2017

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8/27/2017 » 8/30/2017
EANGUS 46th Annual Conference and Exposition

9/7/2017 » 9/10/2017
NGAUS 139th General Conference & Exhibition

4/26/2018
71st Missouri National Guard Association Annual Conference Golf Tournament

"New" Friday Firearm Drawings - First Drawing on June 30, 2017; Concluding Drawing on June 22, 2018