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“I do not think a year-long CR will pass the House,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry told reporters this afternoon. Full-year CRs aren’t that common, but the last few years have usually seen Congress, incapable of passing timely appropriation bills — which is one of their most basic and important jobs — instead passing a CR or two or three each year for the past eight years.
House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry worries the young Trump administration’s slow pace getting Pentagon jobs filled — and Obama administration holdovers at DoD— may hurt plans to boost defense spending.
In a press conference Feb. 16, Thornberry said new Defense Secretary James Mattis is “doing a great job, but so far he doesn’t have anybody else in a Senate-confirmed position.” Thornberry fears holdover DoD staff who resisted his alarms over military readiness problems won’t change their stripes.
Funding the nation's military is always one of the more controversial discussions on Capitol Hill. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was recently named to the House subcommittee that handles the spending legislation. He says this year is no different and the funding fight will be tough. "I certainly want to be supportive of our men and women in uniform, but the question is, how do we pay for all this?" said Cuellar.
The New York Times
President Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser on Feb. 20, picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days.
Trump made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he interviewed candidates over the holiday weekend to replace Michael T. Flynn, who was forced out after withholding information from Vice President Mike Pence about a call with Russia’s ambassador.
The FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn is spurring fresh debate about a controversial law on foreign surveillance that is set to expire at the end of the year.
Republicans have expressed outrage over reports that Flynn’s calls to a Russian ambassador were intercepted by law enforcement.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he plans to make some decisions soon on whether to recommend an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether the totals should be based on military requirements rather than pre-set limits.
Mattis told reporters traveling with him that he spoke for several hours by video conference on Feb. 19 with U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander there. Mattis said he will collect his thoughts and then send recommendations to the White House where, he said, President Donald Trump is open to his advice.
The Army is offering bonuses worth up to $40,000 or enlistment contracts as short as two years as it tries to recruit 6,000 more soldiers this year than it had planned.
In a reversal of a drawdown that has been going on for years, the Army now needs to add 16,000 more soldiers to its active-duty ranks by Sept. 30. The growth, which is outlined in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Bill, also requires the Army to retain 9,000 more soldiers than it originally planned.
Air Force Times
James Cody, the 17th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, bid farewell to the Air Force after more than three decades of service on Feb. 17.
"These 32 years have been an incredible journey for us," Cody said of himself and his wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, at his retirement ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. "Athena and I will always be eternally grateful for what the Air Force has done for us and given to us. And we will continue to do our best to pay it forward into the future. It's been the professional honor of a lifetime to serve as your chief master sergeant of the Air Force."
White House officials Feb. 17 denied reports that National Guard troops will be used to capture and detain illegal immigrants across America, saying a draft memo circulating among news organizations is not from top administration officials.
“That is 100 percent not true. It is false,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to an event in South Carolina, according to pool reports.
The Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill Feb. 20 that would protect reemployment rights for Alaskans serving with National Guard units from other states.
A statement from Rep. Chris Tuck’s office explained that current federal law protects reemployment rights for Guardsmen called away for federal duty and Alaska law covers Alaskans called into federal service by the governor, but not for those who serve out-of-state National Guard extensions. Tuck is a sponsor of House Bill 3, which would extend protections to those Guardsmen in Alaska who leave temporarily for duty in other states.
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The 2017 EXHIBITOR APPLICATION & CONTRACT is now available online.
Platinum Partners are entitled to priority booth placements until 28 February. We have extended the submission date to Friday, 3 March.
CSM Virgil R. Williams Scholarship
A scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded to EANGUS members or dependents. Total number of scholarships will be based on contributions to We Care for America. This scholarship is for an undergraduate degree and previous winners can not apply.
DEADLINE IS JUNE 1, 2017
University of Phoenix Scholarship
University of Phoenix is pleased to collaborate with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States We Care for America Foundation (EANGUS WCFA Foundation) to offer a scholarship program.
Through this scholarship program, three (3) full-tuition scholarships will be offered. Each scholarship will allow a prospective student the opportunity to complete an undergraduate or master’s degree program at University of Phoenix. Recipients may choose to attend a University of Phoenix campus or online.
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When service members get called into active duty, it usually means leaving a job behind. This is a normal part of life for National Guard members, but it can be difficult at times. You may leave a job you enjoy, and when you return home, there is no job to return to. Or you could be doing better financially when you are deployed, only to return home and be unable to find employment.
At Vets4Warriors, we’ve been there and we’re with you all the way – from deployment to employment. A call center that’s available 24/7 to service members and veterans from all military branches, as well as your family members and caregivers, Vets4Warriors is always here to help. We can work with you to translate your military skills into on-the-job skills for a civilian company. We can also review your resume and give you tips for improving it.
What makes Vets4Warriors stand out?
There’s nothing quite as beneficial as talking to another Veteran who understands exactly what you’re going through. Contact us today.
- When you call, a Veteran Peer Support Specialist will always answer the phone.
- All conversations with Vets4Warriors are completely confidential. We will never share your information with anyone.
- We’ll listen to you and connect you with additional services available to you, if needed.
- Your support will continue until you decide it’s no longer needed. We won’t impose time limits on peer support.
How to contact Vets4Warriors:
Call toll-free: 855-838-8255
To learn more about Chat or for dial-in information for overseas callers, visit our website: www.vets4warriors.com
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Have you heard about Vet Tix? Vet Tix provides #Tix4Troops to veterans, currently serving military members, military families, and caregivers. They recently reached 500,000 registered Vet Tixers. To read more, click here.
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- USAA Bank will make a contribution to EANGUS when you open an account, make eligible purchases and keep an active account.
- Your support helps EANGUS address issues affecting active and retired National Guard, their families and employers.
Adulting 101: Make These Money Moves First When You're Out on Your Own
Being on your own for the first time and managing your money can be scary. Relax. You don’t have to be a Wall Street pro by the time you draw your first paycheck.
Even the smartest smartphone is susceptible to attack
Securing your mobile devices can reduce the likelihood of access to your personal and financial information, photos, texts and email if your device is lost or stolen. Learn ways to protect your devices and prevent threats from outside sources.
Know What You're Checking "No" for Next Time You Rent a Car
Know how well you are protected before you initial any boxes that say “declined coverage.”
Organize Hand Me Downs to Save Throughout the Year
Here are six ways to make the hand-me-down process more fun and effective.
Miss USA: She Proudly Wears a Uniform and a Crown
Miss USA Deshauna Barber is a U.S. Army reservist and the first service member to hold the title.
It's Prime Time to Review Your Interest Rates
Following sound money management principles can help reduce the impact and alleviate the stress associated with increasing rates.
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Platinum Partner Military Benefit Association is a proud sponsor of the Adaptive Training Foundation (ATF). ATF offers a 9-week intensive training program for the service member who experienced a life-altering injury i.e. loss of a limb(s) or lives with a significant disability.
In January of 2014 David Vobora, a 5-year veteran of the NFL, met US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills. They started working out together, customizing and adapting to the unique challenges posed by Travis’ injuries. Through working with Travis and engaging the veteran community, specifically those that were severely injured, Vobora developed a passion for helping those with life-altering injuries find a path to life-fulfilling activity and fitness through adaptive performance training. Today, the ATF continues to support those injured veterans. The Military Benefit Association (militarybenefit.org) is prepared to send a National Guard service member (or veteran) to the Adaptive Training Foundation free of charge.
MBA challenges the National Guard – any state – to identify and nominate any injured National Guard service member or veteran. MBA will send him or her to change their life on full scholarship to the Adaptive Training Foundation (adaptivetrainingfoundation.org)!
For more information, contact Tom Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a service member for this program.
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For 17 years VetJobs has been the premier internet military job board assisting transitioning military, veterans, National Guard and Reserve and their family members in finding meaningful employment. VetJobs provides an award winning Veteran’s Reference Library that among other things has information on how to conduct a job search, create resumes, pass interviews, how to handle disabilities, become an entrepreneur, and lists of legitimate job boards. VetJobs has an active BLOG, newsletters, lists upcoming career fairs nationally and provides a start of the art behavioral/technical career assessment exam. All services provided by VetJobs is free to the veteran and their family members. VetJobs is endorsed by 10 major veteran service organizations and is partially owned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The site averages 175,000 REAL jobs a day nationwide. VetJobs can be reached at 877-VET-JOBS (877-838-5627).
Army OneSource provides a network of services to support Active Reserve and Guard Soldiers and their Families regardless of their component or geographical location.
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Listen to this week's podcast to hear about:
- Staying Cyberfit
- Recognizing Heart Attacks
- Great American Spit Out
The TRICARE Beneficiary Publications Office has updated the TRICARE Stateside Guide to reflect changes to TRICARE's coverage of clinical preventive services and the Self-Service Options Briefing to reflect UnitedHealthcare's redesigned website.
You can download the updated documents by clicking the links above or from www.tricare.mil/publications.
Roses are red, violets are blue, but chewing tobacco makes your loved one say “Eww!” Don’t let smokeless tobacco ruin your date night plans or accelerate “til death do us part”. Today, February 23, 2017, drop the dip with TRICARE and Quit Tobacco. The Great American Spit Out (GASpO) is an annual event where smokeless tobacco users around the country agree to quit for just one day with the hope that it helps you quit for good.
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