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EANGUS NATIONAL OFFICE UPDATE
HASC Mark-up of H.R. 1735 FY16 NDAA
On Wednesday, April 29, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) marked up H.R. 1735, the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). H.R. 1735 will be considered on the floor of the House of Representatives during the second week of May. Numerous EANGUS Legislative priorities are incorporated in H.R. 1735 to include: Veteran Status for Guardsmen serving 20-years, Counter Drug Programs funding, 2-year extension of the National Guard State Partnership Program and funding increase, an increase of funding for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account, Duty Status Reform, and Space-A Travel, Dual Status Technicians exemption from furloughs, and the possibility of a future Guardsman to receive a portion of retirement funds prior to the age of 60. The Committee Mark-up had not concluded when this article was submitted. Please check back for more details in the days and weeks to come.
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Military retirement overhaul on fast track
The old, reliable military retirement system is about to be retired.
House and Senate lawmakers are moving ahead with dramatic plans to replace the current 20-year, all-or-nothing deal with a "blended" compensation system, complete with a 401(k)-style investment plan that promises all future troops will leave the service with some money for retirement.
Troops' financial readiness to get boost
Lawmakers are moving to strengthen the financial literacy of troops and families by requiring defense officials to improve training and provide it early and often.
The financial literacy plan approved by the House Armed Services Committee's military personnel panel April 23 mirrors recommendations from the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which found that "existing financial literacy programs do not adequately educate service members and their families on financial matters."
EANGUS has reason to celebrate
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The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) has reason for celebration today. EANGUS along with several members from the House Armed Services Committee were able to add to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s (MCRMC) recommendations related to Retirement Enhancement and Financial Literacy are included in the Military Personnel Subcommittee Mark and will be included in HR 1735.
EANGUS members are most notably proud that HR 1735 will allow members of the National Guard and Reserve to receive a portion of their retirement pay after 20 years of service. HR 1735 will states that 100% of Service members, who serve at least two years will to receive government matched retirement contributions.
Obama will veto House VA appropriations bill because it fails to fund healthcare fixes
The White House said President Obama would veto the House's version of the fiscal 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriation bill should it land on his desk.
In an April 28 statement, the administration outlined how it says the appropriations bill would fail to fund the Veterans Affairs Department at levels that would fix veteran healthcare problems.
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HASC approves massive DOD policy bill
The House Armed Services Committee early April 30 voted to add billions to a list of Defense Department weapon programs from cuts, and signed off on a $495.9 billion base Pentagon budget and an $89.2 billion war account.
In a bipartisan 60-2 vote, the committee approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which proposes keeping alive the Air Force's A-10 attack plane fleet and endorses extra funding for additional fighter jets for the Navy and Marine Corps.
House panel unveils $611 billion defense policy bill
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, unveiled a 2016 defense policy bill April 27 that equals the Obama administration's request, but rejects many of its proposals.
The bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizes $515 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $89.2 billion for war funding, for a total of $604.2 billion.
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HASC NDAA mark challenges White House from A-10 to Iraq to Space
If anyone at the White House had hoped the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee would be more compliant than his predecessor, the defense bill out recently should end their illusions. Sure, Rep. Mac Thornberry has consulted closely with the Pentagon and his ranking member on issues like acquisition reform.
But Thornberry’s draft of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016 would seem in many ways a repeat of last year’s discussion between the Obama administration and the Hill. The administration wanted authority to close bases, retire the A-10 fleet, and to rejigger military pay and benefits last year, among other things.
Air Force mulls mothballing F-16s if Congress blocks A-10 retirement
The House Armed Services Committee inserted $683 million into the 2016 defense bill to stop the Air Force from retiring the A-10 Warthog.
However, Air Force leaders said the service will have to mothball F-16s and delay the deployment of the F-35 in response to the move by the committee.
Service leaders have said for years the Air Force can no longer afford the A-10. The service said it needs to dedicate resources and manning toward the F-35. Congress has since pushed back saying the service must keep the close-air-support aircraft.
2,000 National Guard troops fan out across Baltimore
A force of 2,000 soldiers from the Maryland National Guard has been activated to assist State Police efforts to prevent a repeat of the April 27 violence in Baltimore.
Guard troops are posted at City Hall and throughout the city. The law enforcement presence at City Hall, along with a throng of media, community activists and political leaders — including Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and the Rev. Al Sharpton — created a bustling but peaceful scene April 28.
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Guard Your Health launches "FitText" initiative
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On April 15, Guard Your Health launched 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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Delta Dental Federal Government Programs
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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