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EANGUS NATIONAL OFFICE UPDATE
The Army needs the Guard, and the Guard needs the Army
On Thursday, June 18, the president of EANGUS, Chief Master Sergeant John Harris, U.S. Air Force (Retired), delivered testimony before the National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA). In his opening statement, Harris described a National Guard better equipped and experienced than ever before to answer the call to defend the nation anywhere it is needed and highlighted that the Guard operates on 5 percent of Department of Defense's budget. EANGUS testimony illustrated concerns about the costly and outdated Federal Acquisition System; the irresponsibility of leaving supplies and equipment in theater when the Guard is starved for the best available; and that Congress should act this year — a year without elections — to quell Sequestration and not use the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) accounts to fund DOD with one-year money. Harris addressed the association's position concerning the Army's Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) during the question and answer session. EANGUS is unequivocally against ARI and believes that that any Apache helicopter transferred from a Guard unit should be replaced with updated UH-60M Blackhawks on a 1:1 ratio to maintain mission strength and reduce overspending on maintenance to outdated Blackhawks. Congress will continue to address ARI up to, and after, the NCFA finished its work in February 2016. The Commissioners have previously met with Robert Work, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, staffers at the National Governor's Association, the AGAUS and Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, the director of the Army National Guard, among others.
Military retirement changes could cut into new, old troops' benefits
National Journal via Defense One
If this year's Senate defense authorization bill gets enacted, soldiers would be able to leave the military with something in their back pockets for retirement. This is one of the biggest defects in military compensation: Currently, 83 percent of men and women in uniform exit the armed forces without any retirement funds.
US Army Commission tackles force structure
Whether US Army's active component absorbs the National Guard's AH-64 Apaches may be the highest profile issue for a congressionally established commission on the service's future, but the panel is taking on tougher questions, ones that may redefine the roles of the active side, Guard and Reserve.
Plan to privatize commissaries killed; 'couples BAH' cut survives
Stars and Stripes
The Senate voted recently to kill a plan hatched by its armed services committee to privatize five large commissary stores to test the concept of commercial grocers running base stores to save defense dollars. But as the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill moved toward a final floor vote, amendments to block other initiatives to curb compensation were denied consideration.
Ash Carter: Not confident Gitmo can be closed by end of Obama's presidency
The push to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility has been a goal of the president since the first day of his presidency, and as time runs out in his second term, his defense secretary, Ashton Carter, says he's not confident it can be done. In an exclusive interview with CBS News, Carter said that the very existence of the facility is "an extra talking point" for Jihadi propagandists, and "it would be good to eliminate that."
Top house democrats: GOP spending bills will lead to shutdown
House Democratic leaders are calling on Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to immediately schedule negotiations to lift sequestration spending ceilings that will take effect in October. In a letter recently, the Democrats said the Republican's strategy for fiscal 2016 spending bills will lead to a government shutdown.
Veto threat undercuts US position in world
The head of the House Armed Services Committee recently blasted President Barack Obama's threats to veto recent defense budget proposals as undermining national security efforts and emboldening international adversaries looking for U.S. weakness.
DOD No. 2: 'Pretty certain' no sequestration next year
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work expressed confidence that Congress will strike a deal to lift Pentagon spending caps for at least the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Speaking to an audience at the Rand Corp., Work said he is "pretty certain we won't get to sequestration-level funding," according to DefenseNews.com.
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Tough questions on Iraq, and tough answers too
The Washington Post
It's time for a reality check on Iraq and the broader fight against the Islamic State. The issues were sharply laid out recently at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on U.S. policy and strategy in the Middle East when several Republican and Democratic members with military service backgrounds critically questioned Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey about the Obama administration's approach.
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IRS may offer hope to feds affected by OPM hack
As agencies scramble to contain damage from the data breach of federal personnel files, a senator has asked the Internal Revenue Service to assist the Office of Personnel Management to protect victims against identity theft. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, wrote to Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen asking him to do "everything in your power to protect the millions of current and former federal employees who had their sensitive personal information exposed by the hack of the OPM database."
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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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PLEASE READ: We need the help of EANGUS to help combat a social media scam
Currently, service members are under attack by scammers and it’s potentially hurting their careers and their future financial fitness. Veterans and families members are not immune either. Apologies as this may be extensive, but we are asking for your immediate help to get the word out about an extremely serious scam.
Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen (the majority in the enlisted ranks) are being targeted and accumulating debt up to $20,000 in belief there is a simple path to making easy money on social media.
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