NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-11; 23 June 2015

The Issue: Modernize the Guard’s Black Hawk fleet.

Immediate Action Required: Ask your Senators and Representatives to support the House Armed Services and House Appropriations versions of the FY16 defense bills which authorize and appropriate $138.8M for 8 additional UH-60M helicopters for the Army National Guard.

More Information: The UH-60 Black Hawk remains the Army National Guard’s go-to rotary wing aviation asset to respond to state emergency missions and to support overseas contingency operations. While Black Hawks from the Army National Guard are currently supporting missions overseas, Army National Guard Black Hawks have also been activated for general aviation support to state emergencies including floods, wildfires and other domestic needs.

However, more than a decade of high operational tempo has taken a toll on the Army National Guard Black Hawk fleet. Currently, the Army National Guard operates 849 Black Hawks, with approximately 350 of these aircraft being the older UH-60A models with an average age exceeding 25 years. In order for the Army National Guard Black Hawk fleet to remain viable and mission capable, these older UH-60As need to be modernized or replaced as quickly as possible. It is projected that the Army National Guard will not retire its last UH-60A until 2025, while the active component will retire its last UH-60A in 2018.

Increased congressional funding will accelerate the fielding of new UH-60M helicopters to the Army National Guard to close the gap and ensure the Black Hawk helicopter fleet is capable of meeting the requirements of domestic and overseas missions.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Andrea Peterson
Army Programs Manager
202-408-5884
andrea.peterson@ngaus.org

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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-10; 23 June 2015

The Issue: Prevent the reduction in Army National Guard end strength and halt the transfer of AH-64s from the National Guard in FY2016

Immediate Action Required: Ask your representatives to sign onto a letter encouraging the leaders of the House defense committees to prevent potentially damaging and irreversible cuts to the Army National Guard

More Information:
Reps. Kay Granger, R-Texas, Steve Womack, R-Ark., and Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., are circulating a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Armed Services Committee and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee encouraging them to halt the transfer of AH-64 Apaches from the Army National Guard. The letter also encourages the committee leaders to stop reductions in Army National Guard end strength and full-time support until FY2017.

The FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act established the National Commission on the Future of the Army to make recommendations on the balance between the active and reserve components as well as weigh in on the Army’s controversial Aviation Restructure Initiative. The commission is set to report its recommendations in February 2016. It is vital that Congress have time to review the commission’s findings before moving forward with potentially damaging and irreversible personnel reductions and equipment cuts to the Army National Guard.

The House and Senate have passed their respective FY2016 defense authorization bills. Committee leaders in both chambers have expressed hope that conferees can work quickly to resolve the differences between the two legislative packages and produce a final conference report before the August recess.

NGAUS urges you to contact your representatives and ask them to sign this letter that encourages committee leadership to prevent these changes to the National Guard until Congress is able to review the commission’s report.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Andrea Peterson
Army Programs Manager
202-408-5884
andrea.peterson@ngaus.org

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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-9; 22 June 2015

The Issue: Support House NDAA FY16 language securing Veterans’ Status for members of the Guard and Reserve

Immediate Action Required: Contact your representatives and senators immediately to support the language in the House National Defense Authorization Act for FY16 that provides veterans’ status to members of the National Guard and Reserve

More Information: NGAUS strongly supports the House language in the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that provides veterans’ status to all members of National Guard and Reserve that have served 20 years, regardless of status.

Currently, the Veterans Code, Title 38, excludes from the definition of “veteran” career reservists who have not served on Title 10 active duty for other than training purposes. Title 32 drill training, annual training, vital day-to-day support operations, and emergency response to terrorism and natural disasters under Chapter 502(f) are currently not considered qualifying service for Veteran status.

• Veterans status legislation would be cost neutral by not awarding any other veterans benefit

• Reserve component members who served twenty years standing ready to be sent anywhere in the world, but through no fault of their own were never deployed could refer to themselves as veterans

• Requiring Title 10 active duty for other than training purposes service to acquire veteran status disrespects and ignores often dangerous Title 32 active duty service in support of the homeland

• A double standard should not exist that denies veterans status to the reserve component for 20 years of honorable domestic service, but awards veterans status and full benefits to active duty soldiers who serve shorter term Title 10 active duty tours

• Authorizing veteran status for career RC service would boost the morale of the RC members and their families

Please contact your representatives and Senators and urge them to support the House language in the NDAA conference

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Grace Washbourne
Joint Program Manager
202-408-5893
grace.washbourne@ngaus.org

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EANGUS Legislative Alert #2015-06; 8 June 2015

On Monday, June 8, 2015, the United States Senate will begin debate on amendments to the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. Over 300 amendments have been filed for consideration to date. The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) National Office, in Washington, D.C. has worked with Senate offices to introduce amendments pertaining to Veteran Status for Guardsmen, increase survivor benefits, and exempt technicians from furlough in the event of a Federal Government shutdown, to name a few.

Please click the button below to view the EANGUS Legislative Alert, and contact your Senate Offices in Washington, D.C., for support of some very important, Guard and Reserve-specific amendments.

Thank you for your support for the National Guard and EANGUS.

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EANGUS Legislative Alert 2015-05; 11 May 2015

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider H.R. 1735, the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

Please click here to contact your Representative and ask for their support for Amendments #71, #206, and #241 to H.R. 1735.

These amendments prevent force structure and end strength reductions in the Army National Guard before the National Commission on the Future of the Army releases its recommendations.

• Amendment 71, sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., and Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Penn., would extend the authorized period for the transfer of certain AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard to the Army from March 31, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2016

• Amendment 206, sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn., would prohibit reductions in the force structure of the Army Guard until Congress receives the report from the National Commission on the Future of the Army

• Amendment 241, sponsored by Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., would maintain Army Guard readiness by keeping troop numbers at fiscal 2015 levels until 180 days after the date Congress receives the report of the National Commission on the Future of the Army

The National Commission of the Future of the Army will report to Congress on February 1, 2016, and Congress will be afforded the opportunity to review the nation’s security needs and the best way to meet those needs in an affordable fashion. The current legislative language in H.R. 1735 needs amending, there is no need to make a rush decision without all the facts. Urge your Member of Congress to support the amendments above.

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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-8; 8 May 2015

The Issue: Stop potentially irreversible force structure changes to the Army National Guard

Immediate Action Required: Ask your representative to support three amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that prevent force structure and end strength reductions in the Army National Guard before the National Commission on the Future of the Army releases its recommendations.

More Information: NGAUS strongly supports the following three amendments that would maintain Army National Guard end strength at 350,200 and prevent the transfer of more than 48 AH-64 Apaches in fiscal 2016. These amendments would prevent harmful reductions to the Army Guard before Congress can weigh in on the National Commission on the Future of the Army recommendations on the appropriate size and force mix of the Army. The amendments are:
• Amendment 71, sponsored by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., and Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Penn., would extend the authorized period for the transfer of certain AH-64 Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard to the Army from March 31, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2016
• Amendment 206, sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn., would prohibit reductions in the force structure of the Army Guard until Congress receives the report from the National Commission on the Future of the Army
• Amendment 241, sponsored by Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., would maintain Army Guard readiness by keeping troop numbers at fiscal 2015 levels until 180 days after the date Congress receives the report of the National Commission on the Future of the Army
With so much at stake, there is ample time for study and reflection. The National Commission of the Future of the Army’s report to Congress is due February 1, 2016. Congress has the opportunity now to slow the process and review the nation’s security needs and the best way to meet those needs in an affordable fashion.

The House of Representatives will be voting Wednesday. Your immediate help to pass this important legislation is requested.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Andrea Peterson
Legislative Affairs Manager for Army Programs
202-408-5884
andrea.peterson@ngaus.org

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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-7; 7 May 2015

The Issue: Support a floor amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act for FY16 eliminating the age restriction on receipt of retired pay for non-regular service

Immediate Action Required: Contact your representatives immediately to support a floor amendment offered by Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) that eliminates the age restriction on receipt of retired pay for non-regular service
More Information: NGAUS strongly supports a House floor amendment to the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), offered by Rep. Tim Walz, (D-MN), that would eliminate the age restriction on receipt of retired pay for non-regular service.

This amendment would allow retiring members of the National Guard, for the first time in nearly 70 years, to receive their retirement pay after 20 years of service. Removing the age restriction to collect retirement has historically been one of NGAUS’ highest priorities.

The House of Representatives will be voting on the NDAA on Wednesday, May 13th. Your immediate help to pass this important legislation is requested.

Please contact your representatives and urge them to support the Walz amendment.

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

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NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-6; 1 May 2015

The Issue: Reauthorizing and Strengthening the National Guard State Partnership Program

Immediate Action Required: Contact your senators and representatives immediately and ask them to support S. 1126 and H.R. 1614, bills to modify and extend the National Guard State Partnership Program.
More Information: NGAUS strongly supports S. 1126, sponsored by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and H.R. 1614, sponsored by Representative Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), bills that would strengthen the National Guard State Partnership Program and build a strong permanent legal foundation for this critical “soft power” global partnership program and eliminate the 2016 termination of the program currently written in law.

The National Guard State Partnership Program supports U.S. national interests and security cooperation goals by engaging partner nations via military, socio-political and economic conduits at the local, state and national levels. SPP evolved from a 1991 U.S. European Command decision to set up the Joint Contact Team Program in the Baltic Region with reserve-component soldiers and airmen. It has grown into a global endeavor, becoming a key U.S. security cooperation tool across all aspects of international civilian-military affairs providing international security solutions in support of national and defense strategy.

The National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) provides unique capacity building capabilities to Combatant Commanders and U.S. Chiefs of Mission supporting 68 partnerships with 74 partner nations

These bills fortify the FY14 codification of this important program by:
• Expanding operational definition of the program to align with Department of Defense and Department of State global strategies
• Creating one DoD-wide account for funding to ensure oversight and accountability
• Requiring CNGB to define core capabilities, design performance metrics and designate SPP state coordinators
• Requiring annual reporting to Congress on activities, performance and funding
Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to support these bills.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Grace Washbourne
Joint Program Manager
202-408-5893
grace.washbourne@ngaus.org

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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