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Veteran's Service Organizations Meet with Leader Pelosi
On Thursday, February 26, members of The Military Coalition, including EANGUS, met with House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi; VSO Roundtable Chair, Representative Tim Walz; and other members of the Democratic Caucus in the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. The conversation centered around funding to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and ideas about how Congress can tackle some of the Department’s systemic problems, including ensuring that the newly implemented Veterans Choice Act is successful. Leader Pelosi and her colleagues also asked for input regarding the recently released Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) Report. In general, most members of The Military Coalition voiced opposition to the Commissions’ findings. The majority of the organizations that make up The Military Coalition represent active duty and retirees. Only a minority serve members and retirees of the Reserve Component. Many of the recommendations set forth by MCRMC benefit members of the Army and Air Guard. In fact, MCRMC recommendation number four regarding Reserve Status Consolidation is an EANGUS Resolution. When reviewing the commission’s findings, please consider that the recommendations made grandfather all currently serving members.
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SASC Personnel Subcommittee Discusses MCRMC
On February 25, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Personnel held a hearing to discuss the Healthcare Recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC). The hearing’s first panel consisted of five MCRMC commissioners and the second panel included four representatives from The Military Coalition, including General Hargett of NGAUS. As mentioned in the write-up above, numerous panelists expressed opposition to the MCRMC’s recommendations. If you, as an EANGUS member, are tracking the current debates taking shape, please keep in mind which groups are expressing opposition, who these groups represent, and consider that the MCRMC debate is not about spending less money on the men and women who risk their lives to serve but about how to appropriate money to better serve the Active and Reserve Components altogether. EANGUS National Office staff are working with NGUAS staff to create a unified response to the MCRMC recommendations apart from other organizations that represent active components and officers.
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CSIS Hosts ARI Panel Discussion
On Friday, February 27, 2015, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) hosted a panel discussion, The Army's Aviation Restructure Initiative: A View from the States. The audio cuts in and out around the 06:15:00 mark but resolves itself. The panel included Major General Michael T. McGuire, The Adjutant General of Arizona; Colonel J. Ray Davis, Director, Military Support, South Carolina National Guard; and CW5 Kenneth S. Jones, Standardization Officer, 97th Aviation Troop Command, Utah National Guard, who has nearly 13,000 flight hours, 4,000 simulator hours, and 2,271 combat flight hours in the Apache. During the panel discussion, Colonel Davis highlighted that "ARI makes an irreversible and permanent move to a temporary problem" in his opening remarks. When asked to identify the most important aspects of the Future of the Army Commission, the panelists explained that the commissioners should look at force structure as a whole, not just at ARI specifically. The panelists also agreed that the commissioners and their staff should go out to the states and look the capabilities of the citizen soldiers. Many questions were dedicated to initial reactions to the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) ARI Study which came out on the side of the Army. The Panelists asked that those who consider CAPE’s points look beyond the numbers to see the bigger picture concerning force structure. To date, Congress and the President have not named commissioners to the Future of the Army Commission. The commission’s report is due no later than February 1, 2016.
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State governors fight back against National Guard cuts
Army Times
The nation’s governors have banded together to oppose cuts to the Army National Guard as outlined in the Army’s 2015 budget proposal. In a letter to President Obama, signed by 50 governors, the state leaders also are calling for the president to keep the Guard’s end-strength at 350,000. "For more than a decade, our National Guard has demonstrated it is a cost-effective, operational force that is critical to our national security at home and abroad," the letter states.
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US to deploy 6 National Guard companies to Ukraine this week
The United States will deploy personnel by the end of this week to train the Ukrainian national guard, 173rd Airborne Brigade Commander Colonel Michael Foster said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., on March 2. "Before this week is up, we’ll be deploying a battalion minus…to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that’s taking place," Foster stated. "What we’ve got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer."
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Army National Guard stands up cyber protection teams
Army Times
The Army National Guard will activate three cyber protection teams in five states in fiscal year 2016, with seven more teams to follow, officials announced recently. In all, the Army Guard plans to stand up 10 cyber protection teams over the next three fiscal years. The first three teams, slated to be established in 2016, will be hosted by five states.
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Senior enlisted advisers testify on quality of life on Capitol Hill
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The senior enlisted advisers from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force were on Capitol Hill, Feb. 25, to testify on quality of life concerns in the services. The possible return of sequestration in fiscal year 2016 colored much of the discussion. Uncertainty over possible deterioration of healthcare benefits, compensation and family programs as well as job security were uniform among the four top enlisted leaders speaking before the House Appropriations Committee, subcommittee on military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies.
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Cruz and Donnelly announce bill to help Reservists get federal employment
Two Senators introduced bipartisan legislation Feb. 26 that would give members of the National Guard and Reserve a tiered preference in hiring for federal civil service jobs. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Military Reserve Jobs Act of 2015, the text of which has not been released, but is similar to a measure introduced by the pair in 2013. The bill would help promote the hiring of National Guard members and Reservists into the federal workforce, says a Feb. 26 Donnelly statement.
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McCain, Reed want $577 billion-plus war funding
Defense News
Senate Armed Services Committee leaders are urging congressional budget writers to clear the Pentagon to spend $577 billion next year, $54 billion above existing spending caps. The Obama administration's 2016 budget request seeks $561 billion for defense, which is $38 billion over the caps. On Feb. 27, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, sent a letter to House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price, R-Ga., requesting at $566 billion in base 2016 funds, $43 billion more than the caps.
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Rep. Mac Thornberry wants restoration of pre-sequestration budget caps
Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has proposed to revive pre-sequestration budget caps of $566 billion for national defense and $50.9 billion for overseas operations in a move to address global threats, Defense News reported Feb. 27. John Bennett writes Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, floated the recommendation to raise spending caps mandated under the 2011 Budget Control Act in a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.).
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EANGUS Addresses Concerns about Bad Tasting U.S. Drinking Water
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