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EANGUS supports military retirement enhancement
In the weeks following the House Armed Services Committee's Hearing, "Stakeholder's Views on the Recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission" , National Office staff coordinated with representatives of the Air Force Association, NGAUS, Reserve Officers Association, and VFW to advocate for military retirement enhancement. Under the current, 20-year retirement system, 83 percent of Servicemembers do not receive retirement funds.
EANGUS and its coalition partners would like to see the current system scrapped in favor of a 401k-style retirement system which would vest 100 percent of Servicemembers, after two years of service. Under our proposed plan, Servicemembers are eligible to receive a government match of their retirement investment up to 5 percent and would be able to roll their retirement account into an employer based retirement account upon separation from the Guard. If the 20-year retirement system is scrapped, all currently serving Servicemembers will be grandfathered into current system and will be granted the option to transition to the new plan. Any individual that joins the Guard after date of enactment of the proposed plan would enroll in the new retirement plan.
Please click here to see letter that EANGUS, Air Force Association, NGAUS, Reserve Officers Association, and VFW penned to the Senate and House Armed Service Committees on April 15, 2015.
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Top Air Guard leader visits cyber units
The national director of the Air National Guard visited Camp Murray and Joint Base Lewis-McChord recently to learn about the Washington Air National Guard's cybersecurity capabilities. Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III toured the 262nd Network Warfare Squadron at JBLM and was briefed by members of the 143rd Cyber Operations Squadron at Camp Murray, followed by a lunch with airmen.
Senior enlisted adviser for the National Guard Bureau visits Marseilles Training Center
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Chief Master Sergeant Mitchell O. Brush, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau, visited Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois recently to connect with soldiers from units throughout Illinois.
Brush linked up with Command Sgt. Maj. Mark W. Bowman of Naperville, State Command Sgt. Maj. of the Illinois National Guard to discuss Illinois National Guard Training.
4-star general praises Northeastern's National Guard partnership
Northeastern University has signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with the National Guard, enabling guardsmen to earn their Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security through the university's College of Professional Studies.
Northeastern celebrated the partnership in the Raytheon Amphitheater, hosting a meet-and-greet for key stakeholders in the armed forces and university community.
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Arizona security forces team named 'best in ANG'
Senior defense officials announced recently that the 161st Air Refueling Wing's security forces squadron is the best Air Guard security team in the nation.
The squadron based at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport earned the 2014 Air National Guard Security Forces Squadron of the Year award. This nationwide distinction sets it apart from more than 100 Air National Guard security forces squadrons.
Hunting, fishing license bill amendments please no one
There was a hold-your-nose-and-pass-it-on vote recently by the Oregon Senate Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparation on Senate Bill 517.
The bill as originally written by Sen. Tim Knopp, and would have given active military service members free Oregon fishing and hunting licenses.
But an amendment stripped out the fishing licenses and changed the annual hunting-license portion of the bill to half price for active service members.
The sequestration monster myth
Defense Secretary Ash Carter warns that sequestration will make the nation "less secure." Sen. John McCain says it will set the military "on a far more dangerous course." And Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says it will prompt "a dramatic change in how we protect our nation."
There's just one problem: The sequestration monster lurking around the corner isn't really coming.
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TRICARE beneficiaries being targeted for unsolicited medial prescriptions
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The Defense Health Agency, Office of Program Integrity has received a significant number of concerns from our TRICARE beneficiaries regarding unsolicited attempts by "Call Centers" to encourage them to provide personal identifying information and health information so that they can allegedly provide prescribed cream medications to the TRICARE beneficiary.
TRICARE and its contractors never call and ask for personal identifying information or health information. Beneficiaries should be wary of unsolicited attempts by any entity asking them for personal or health information, either by phone or in person.
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Gen. James Post's dismissal is the first hint of sequestration pressure
Sequestration is about to rear its ugly head once again unless Congress and the White House can finally find some common ground. The last minute deal made in 2013 — after weeks of embarrassing bickering from both sides — was only a temporary fix. Without a permanent solution (and quick), the government will be staring down the barrel of some big, forced cuts. The impending financial crunch is already being felt throughout the government, most notably among the branches of our military.
Kendall welcomes House acquisition reform bill, with caveats
The Pentagon's weapons and IT buyer said he welcomes recently unveiled legislation to reform the troubled acquisition system — to a point.
According to Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, a bill introduced last month largely gets it right on acquisition reform, with at least two possible exceptions.
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Guard Your Health to launch "FitText" initiative on April 15
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On April 15, Guard Your Health will launch FitText, a text messaging initiative centered on maximizing physical training (PT), preparing for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), and increasing overall fitness among Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers and their families.
Guard Your Health, a campaign out of the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office, provides ARNG Soldiers and family members with the information, motivation, and support they need to overcome challenges and make healthy decisions for themselves, their units, and their families. The campaign supports the Chief Surgeon’s greater efforts to build a fit, medically ready, resilient Citizen-Soldier force, which includes increasing APFT passing rates across all units. Guard Your Health aims to provide Soldiers with the actionable tips they need to improve their APFT scores and holistic fitness through the FitText initiative.
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The U.S. military's cybersecurity budget in 4 charts
U.S. Cyber Command spending will rocket 92 percent this year to get mission troops up and rolling in 2016, according to Defense Department budget figures. Last year, the force was funded at $190 million, while 2015 figures project a $364 million purse.
Money for the command — tasked with orchestrating network defense maneuvers and offensive cyberattacks — eventually will stabilize over the next five years, totaling out at $1 billion.
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For nearly three decades, Delta Dental Federal Government Programs has had the honor and pleasure of working with active duty, Guard/Reserve and retired military members through our administration of the dental programs under TRICARE and Veterans Affairs. Aside from being able to serve these fine individuals, one of the greatest rewards has been our relationship with your Association and other members of The Military Coalition. Through this partnership, we have been able to help countless military families maintain and improve their dental and overall health. Because most people are now getting their information electronically, I wanted to let you know about some great new e-tools that we have available.
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