Congress Revving Up for Busy Defense Week
from The Hill
Congress will tackle a defense-heavy agenda with debates on Pentagon spending and policy, missile defense strategy and the contentious missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The conference on the 2010 defense policy bill could conclude soon. Staffs are slated to work through the weekend and the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are expected to meet this week to iron out some big differences.
Army Issues Short-term Spending Guidelines
from the Army Times
The Army has alerted field commands and other agencies that spend appropriated funds to prepare to operate under a continuing resolution during the first weeks of fiscal 2010. Both houses of Congress had approved separate versions of the 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill, but officials say it appears unlikely that differences will be reconciled in conference before the beginning of the new budget year.
Services Prepare to Make Stop-loss Payments
from the Army Times
The Army, Marine Corps and Navy say they are on track to begin accepting applications for retroactive $500 monthly payments to service members who were held in uniform beyond the end of their service contracts because of wartime personnel demands. The so-called "stop-loss" policy, much despised in the ranks, now is being used only by the Army, which is phasing it out. Soldiers currently serving under stop-loss receive an extra $500 per month.
John McHugh Assumes Duties as 21st Secretary of the Army
from the U.S. Army
John McHugh was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Army following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. As Sec. of the Army, McHugh has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the U.S. Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.
ROTC's Ranks Surge with New Recruits
from The Boston Globe
Chris Higgins, 21, an upbeat Harvard University junior, is a social studies major who has worked at an orphanage in Uganda and backpacked around China while learning Mandarin. He is also a master sergeant in the Army ROTC, an officer-in-the-making who has spent weekends firing an M-16, rappelling, and honing land-navigation skills while many classmates are launching a blitz on the college social scene.
U.S. Senate Updates Reserve Officers Association of the United States Charter
The Senate passed the Reserve Officers Association Modernization Act of 2009 (S.1599) updating ROA's congressional charter for the 21st century. The bill, introduced in August by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy D-Vt. and cosponsored by co-chairs of the United States Senate Reserve Caucus, Senators Saxby Chambliss R-Ga. and Mark Pryor D-Ark., makes technical changes to ROA's charter that bring it in line with the current ROA structure and leadership.
Citizen-soldiers Need Employers' Backing
from The Arizona Republic
With nearly half of our military force composed of National Guard and Reserve members, the citizen-soldier plays an ever more critical role. More than 140,000 National Guard and Reserve members are currently activated, and nearly five times that number have served both at home and abroad since Sept. 11, 2001. Significantly contributing to these numbers are the nearly 14,900 brave men and women in Arizona who make endless sacrifices answering their call to duty.
$35 Billion Tanker Contract Opens
from The New York Times
The Air Force began its third effort to award a $35 billion contract for aerial refueling tankers, and Pentagon officials promised that the rules would be clear enough to steer the hotly disputed contest "straight down the middle."
US Coast Guard: Cleanup From Oil Spill In Gulf Continues
A two-mile stretch of the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel's north tip is still closed to all traffic, as crews are still cleaning 10,5000 gallons of oil that spilled into the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said. "So far it hasn't had a great impact on traffic," said Amy Thomas, spokeswoman for the U.S. Coast Guard. "There is just one ship waiting."
|RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED|
National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Sept. 22, 2009
This week the Coast Guard announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps announced a decrease. The net collective result is 947 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease.