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Soldier killed in training crash deserves Arlington Cemetery burial
Recently, EANGUS along with staff from the National Guard Association, Reserve Officers Association, and the Air Force Association have taken multiple meetings in the Senate to advocate for equal death benefits for Guardsmen who die serving their country at home. Citing the recent helicopter crash in Florida which killed Louisiana Guardsmen, the coalition of military service organizations and the Department of Defense feels that the inequality of Reserve Component death benefits for surviving family members is overdue. Furthermore, the coalition of military service organizations is also looking at legislative avenues to fix U.S. Code which prevents the deceased Louisiana Guardsmen from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The Senate takes up the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act soon, and EANGUS looks for the Senate to debate amendments to address these two concerns.
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National Guardsman posthumously honored with Medal of Honor
Almost 100 years after their heroic actions during World War I — and thousands of hours of work by loved ones and advocates — two soldiers were honored June 2 with the Medal of Honor.
Sgts. William Shemin and Henry Johnson were posthumously honored with the nation's highest award for valor during a ceremony at the White House.
Military retirement reform gets Pentagon support
The effort to overhaul the military retirement system is entering its final phase after the Pentagon's top brass has offered a detailed critique of the legislation that is winding its way through Congress. Overall, the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff support the current proposal but have some concern about its potential impact on retention of career troops and want to ensure the new rules do not cut the overall real value of the retirement benefit for those who serve 20 years or more.
McCain to Obama: Holding defense bill hostage would be a 'deliberate and cynical failure'
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) on June 2 blasted the White House for threatening to veto an annual defense bill that authorizes Pentagon spending.
"The [National Defense Authorization Act] is a policy bill. It does not spend a dollar. It provides the Department of Defense and our men and women in uniform with the authorities and support they need to defend the nation. It is not the place for fights over government spending," he said at the American Action Forum.
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Democrats consider filibuster of huge defense bill
Senate Democrats despise a Republican strategy to boost the Pentagon’s budget through a war-funding account that skirts spending limits. But with a huge defense bill heading to the floor, they’re going to have to decide how far they’re willing to take their objections.
The question looms over this year’s defense authorization measure — slated to be taken up on soon — a typically bipartisan, "must-pass" measure that’s been signed into law for more than 50 straight years.
Sen. McCain to Kendall: 10 years of 'absolutely outrageous overruns and failures'
Sen. John McCain wants the four services chiefs to have more power to buy weapons efficiently and cheaply. Frank Kendall and his colleagues who oversee Pentagon acquisition, technology and logistics have made it pretty clear they don’t think that’s a good idea.
So Colin Clark asked the chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee what message he had for Kendall about the sweeping set of acquisition reforms in its version of the annual defense policy bill, the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.
Cut 'pure overhead,' Navy Sec. Mabus: DFAS, DLA, DOT&E
In what looks very much like an opening shot in a fundamental fiscal battle between the four armed services and the Office of Secretary of Defense, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus came right out today and said we should preserve fighting forces by cutting Defense Department agencies that are "pure overhead." His prime candidates? The testers who make sure the services’ weapons actually work; the Defense Logistics Agency that buys supplies like fuel; and — the particular target of the SecNav’s ire — the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
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Rep. Visclosky: DC 'careening' toward shutdown
The third-ranking House Appropriations Committee Democrat says Congress and the White House are "careening" toward another government shutdown, adding a GOP-proposed defense spending plan is partly to blame. Since President Barack Obama took office and Republicans captured control of the House, impasses over government spending, deficit reduction, government borrowing and healthcare reform have led Washington to flirt with agency and department shutdowns. In the fall of 2013, the federal government was shuttered for 16 days.
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Senate passes Freedom Act, ending Patriot Act provision lapse
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The mass surveillance-reforming USA Freedom Act passed the Senate on June 2, ending an impasse on reauthorization of three surveillance authorities and putting in motion a purportedly permanent end to the government’s automatic bulk collection of U.S. phone records.
President Barack Obama supports the legislation and likely will sign it into law at the earliest opportunity, reinstating and modifying surveillance powers that lapsed Sunday night through 2019.
Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER helicopter achieves successful first flight
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary recently announced the successful first flight of the S-97 RAIDER helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability. The first flight was conducted at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center where the two-prototype RAIDER helicopter test program is based.
TRICARE Retiree Dental Program and The Veteran Affairs Dental Insurance Program
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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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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