EANGUS – Indiana Members of EANGUS – Update; 21 April 2015

Dear Indiana National Guard and EANGUS member,

You should have received an email with a username and password for your membership account in the EANGUS membership and website system.  This email goes out automatically when your account is created through the membership upload process.  The National Guard Association of Indiana maintains a separate state membership system, and when they send us the list of NGAI members who are also members of EANGUS, we load that list into our membership system so that you can benefit from the legislative alerts, communications, and benefits from the National Office.

The domain name in your notification email said ngai.langea.org, which may not be obvious to you that it is the national system.  The back story on that is long and boring, however, it is the current URL for the Indiana members on the national site.  We understand that the email may have been confusing, but it is not a phishing or scam email, it is simply a notice letting you know that your membership has been loaded into the EANGUS system.

We are working with NGAI to possibly merge the two systems so that you do not have to remember two passwords and two usernames, and only have to visit 1 site for both state and national information, but as of right now, NGAI and EANGUS are separate systems.  If you would like to contact me directly, I can be reached at president@eangus.org or you may call me at 504-388-5423.

Sincerely,


John M. Harris
EANGUS President

EANGUS Legislative Call-To-Action – Revised 18 April 2015

A more complete picture of the EANGUS Position on the MCRMC retirement reform recommendations:

Yesterday’s “Call to Action” contained the following sentence:  “EANGUS and its coalition partners would like to see the current system scrapped in favor of a 401k-style retirement system which would vest 100 percent of Servicemembers, after two years of service.”  This understandably led to the impression that the MCRMC’s recommendation (and EANGUS’s position) was to get rid of pensions and go entirely to a 401k program.  This is not the case, and my apologies for how the above sentence was constructed.

The language in the Call to Action was an effort to explain the 401k portion of the contribution program only, which is just a part of the MCRMC retirement recommendation, not the entire recommendation.  There is also a defined benefit (pension) recommendation for the National Guard that provides a retirement check for Traditional National Guard members immediately upon retiring after 20 years, something that we do not have now, but have been fighting for over many decades.

Read this for yourself by looking at the bottom of page 38 of the report, downloadable using the button below, where it recommends that:

  • The Uniformed Services should provide RC Service members the choice to receive their retirement annuity in various forms:
    • a lump sum amount at retirement, combined with a reduced monthly payment until eligibility for full social security payments, at which point the full monthly annuity would begin; or
    • a (larger) lump sum payment with no monthly payment until eligibility for full social security payments, at which point the full monthly annuity would begin.
    • RC members should receive lump-sum payments upon their retirement from the RC, which will generally be before their retirement annuity begins at age 60.  

OR,

  • The Uniformed Services should allow any AC, RC, or retired member of the Uniformed Services who is grandfathered in the current retirement system the opportunity to opt in to the new retirement system.

MCRMC’s recommendation would allow retiring members of the National Guard, for the first time in nearly 70 years, the option to receive a portion of their retirement pay after 20 years of service in a variety of ways depending on individual needs and requirements.  Lowering the 60 year age restriction to collect retirement has historically been a priority for EANGUS.

By combining elements of both a defined benefit (pension) and a defined contribution plan (401k), we can provide both short and long serving members in the National Guard a form of retirement.  Currently, Traditional National Guard members receive nothing upon retirement until they reach age 60 (unless they deployed and that potentially allows them to receive their pension some years prior to age 60).  This provides them an immediately defined pension annuity and the ability to participate in the 401k contribution program throughout their career.

If you have concerns with EANGUS fighting to provide Guard members a retirement check immediately upon retirement instead of age 60, or our support for adding a 401k program as an option to those who don’t make it to 20 years so that they receive something instead of nothing, then let me hear from you by replying to this message.

Our apologies if the initial effort led you to believe that EANGUS is in favor of getting rid of a defined benefit pension system entirely, because that is not the case.  We are in favor of allowing Traditional Guard members to receive a retirement annuity immediately upon receiving a Guard retirement.

Please click here to see letter that EANGUS, Air Force Association, NGAUS, Reserve Officers Association, and VFW penned to the Senate and House Armed Service Committees on April 16, 2015.
Text “MCRMC” to 52-886 on your smartphone
or
Download the MCRMC reports
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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-5; 14 April 2015

The Issue: Supporting Retirement Recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

Immediate Action Required: Contact your representatives and senators immediately and ask them to support any House or Senate legislation that execute the retirement recommendations within the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Report

More Information: NGAUS strongly supports the retirement recommendations within the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization (MCRMC) report.  These recommendations would bring about long-awaited compensation reform to the deserving majority of the force heretofore left out in the cold.  We need your immediate help.

The fully-grandfathered compensation recommendations would disadvantage no one currently serving but would improve the welfare of an overwhelming 83 percent of the future force that historically does not serve long enough to receive a pension.

MCRMC’s recommendation would allow retiring members of the National Guard for the first time in nearly 70 years the option to receive a portion of their retirement pay after 20 years of service in a variety of ways depending on individual needs and requirements. Lowering the 60 year age restriction to collect retirement has historically been the highest personnel priority but heretofore unattainable goal for NGAUS.

The Commission’s incorporation of elements of both defined benefit and defined contribution plans provides short and long serving members a form of retirement.  Along with the benefit pensions to continue for retirees with a 2 percent multiplier for years served, MCRMC also recommends allow incoming service members to enroll in a 401(K) thrift savings plan (TSP).   The ability to contribute to TSP and be vested after 2 years will allow everyone in the military a retirement investment. NGAUS understands that the Commission has changed its recommendation to allow a 1 percent contribution to extend beyond 20 years of service and we support that amendment.

Current members of the National Guard would also have the ability to join in these historic changes in retirement benefits if they so choose.

Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to support these retirement recommendations.

NGAUS Point of Contact
Pete Duffy
Legislative Director
202-454-5307
pete.duffy@ngaus.org

Take Action: Click here.

NGAI Alert; 10 April 2015

Dear Fellow Members,

CONGRATULATIONS Brigadier General Carr!
Governor Mike Pence and MG R. Martin Umbarger introduced the next Adjutant General April 9th at the JFHQ.

A limited number of rooms still available.

The NGAI Annual Conference is only two weeks out and French Lick has graciously agreed to continue accepting the conference rate as long as rooms are available. Reservations can be made at www.frenchlick.com or 888-936-9360 group code 0415NGA. Availability was limited and rooms will go fast.

Voting for your Board of Directors:

To review this year’s complete ballot with reason to serve plus bio with photo www.ngai.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015-ballot-form-final.pdf.

To vote online, www.ngai.net/vote/

Optional Events!

Friday Small Arms Training
Just in case you wonder, the Small Arms Training event is open to all NGAI participants and includes lunch. Registration is required, but everyone is welcome. If you have already registered but would like to add an option, please contact Linda the NGAI office, Linda@NGAI.net or 317-247-3196.

Saturday Spring Flowers & Gardens spouse event
Download and read the flyer - CLICK HERE.
Pam Parker has graciously decided to offer her flower arrangement option FREE to any and all guests who decide to join the event. Again, if you would like to attend, you must register so she has enough supplies. For those already registered, you have an option to request a refund or you may offer to donate to the Educational Grant fund. We are awarding a total of eleven grants this year!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

Conference Overview:

Friday 24, April

Donald Ross Golf – 0800 Tee Time
1000 – Spouse/Guest Event #1 Includes lunch
Gun Safety and Live Fire, pistol, rifle & shotgun. Try your hand at Smith & Wesson, Sig Saur or Glock pistols. Then try your shotgun aim at some flying clay pigeons. Finally, the rifles are AR-15, Remington 700 and the Big Boy, Barrett 107. Transportation will be provided approximately 15 minutes to range.
Exhibitor’s Reception – 1730-1930 (By Invitation)

Saturday 25, April

0730-1500 – Exhibits
0830 – General Session with all guests (Hon. Steve Buyer Commission Report)
1030 – Spouse Brunch West Baden – Followed by IMPD Cyber Security brief and Spouse/Guest Event #2 – Spring Garden & Flower arranging by Pam from JP Parker Florist, Franklin. DOWNLOAD THE FLYER ABOUT THIS EVENT
1300-1400 – NGAI Business Meeting
1745 – President’s and General Receptions
1900 – NGAI State Dinner

Registration is available at www.ngai.net/2015annualconference/. French Lick Hotel block is guaranteed until 31 March. Use our conference code 0415NGA at www.frenchlick.com.

Thank you and we look forward to another great visit in French Lick.

Mike Sturm

Executive Director
National Guard Association of Indiana