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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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