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EANGUS NATIONAL OFFICE UPDATE
Democrats warn 18 legislative days left to fund government
August Recess is quickly approaching and Congress has precious few legislative calendar days to pass new legislation to fund the Federal Government. Congressional action – or inaction – is beginning to hint that we could be headed for another Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government after the end of the fiscal year, on September 30. As far as defense bills are concerns, the House and Senate are wrapping up negotiations concerning the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and should have a final bill to the President for signature by August 7, when members return home for recess. Whether or not President Obama signs the NDAA is anyone’s guess. The White House has previously expressed objections to the way Congress chose to fund the Department of Defense – using Oversees Contingency Operations (OCO) funds, which are one-year allocations. President Obama has expressed that OCO funds cannot, and should not, count because the Services cannot plan and budget programs using one-year money. The other defense bill of importance – the Defense Appropriations bill – will have to wait until September before Congress provides legislation to the President. It is increasingly becoming unlikely Congress will provide the Defense Appropriations Bill, or any other Appropriations Bills to the President, however. Many in DC believe that Congress will pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal Government until the end of the calendar year and Congress and the President will negotiate all Appropriations Bills and the debt ceiling in December.
Tax credit helps small businesses provide differential pay to reservists called to active duty
The Senate Finance Committee recently approved a package of tax credit extensions that included a two-year extension of a provision in a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) that supports small businesses that provide differential pay to military reservists and National Guard members called to serve on active duty. There are over 820,000 reservists and National Guard members in the United States. Peters is a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and Ernst continues to serve as a Lt. Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard.
Commission wants easier active-to-reserve transition
The congressionally mandated group tasked with examining the Army’s future force structure believes the service must improve the transition of soldiers back and forth between active duty and the Reserve and Guard. Congress tasked the commission, led by retired Gen. Carter Ham, to examine the structure of the Army and recommend ways to make the best use out of limited resources and a shrinking end-strength.
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National Commission on the Future of the Army visits Meade to discuss reserve component issues
200th Military Police Command via DVIDS
The chairman of a commission looking into the balance of forces between the active-duty Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard discussed reserve component issues with the Soldiers who lead and train the nation’s citizen-Soldiers, July 14 at Fort Meade, Maryland. Retired Army Gen. Carter Ham, chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, led a delegation to meetings with leaders from the Army Reserve’s 200th Military Police Command, the Maryland and Virginia National Guard, and 1st Army Division East.
Milley defends active Army-Guard helo swap
U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Obama administration's nominee for the service's top post, defended the service's controversial aviation restructure plan at a confirmation hearing July 21.
During his Senate Armed Services Committee appearance, Milley sought to placate opponents of the plan, but did not back off from the strategy first offered by Gen. Ray Odierno, whom Milley would replace.
Milley: Army should 'seriously consider' arming some recruiters
The general officer nominated to be the next Army chief of staff July 21 said the service should "seriously consider" arming recruiters "under certain conditions."
Gen. Mark Milley made those comments during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee in response to a question from committee chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
Russia, Iraq, budget top Gen. Mark Milley's concerns
More boots on the ground in Europe. Additional advisers in Iraq. Reducing overhead to save money. Preserving the Army's readiness and ability to fight.
These issues are foremost in the mind of Gen. Mark Milley, the man nominated to be the next Army chief of staff.
Milley, an infantry officer who is the commanding general of Forces Command, the Army's largest command, on July 21 shared his views on the biggest issues confronting the Army during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Air Force secretary updates North Dakota Guard members on priorities
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
The secretary of the U.S. Air Force says her visit to Fargo was meant to update members of the North Dakota Air National Guard base on her priorities.
Secretary Deborah Lee James met July 21 with members of the 119th Wing, as well as elected and civic officials. She says her goals include taking care of people, striking a balance between readiness and modernization, and ensuring that public officials act as good stewards of taxpayer dollars.
James oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $139 billion.
Top Army National Guard enlisted soldiers on the move
Corine Lombardo of Scotia, New York, has advanced to a top enlisted rank in the New York Army National Guard.
Lombardo has been promoted to sergeant major by the Guard. The Iraq war veteran has served for 32 years in the active Army and Army National Guard.
She now serves as the public affairs chief for the New York National Guard's Public Affairs Office.
Louisiana's Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis leads national adjutants association
Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, who has commanded the Louisiana National Guard since 2011, has been elected president of the Adjutants General Association of the United States.
The association, comprising the adjutants in the 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia, bills itself as "the voice" for almost 460,000 Army and Air Guard members nationwide to ensure the soldiers and airmen are trained and equipped to carry out their missions.
Fort Hood soldiers train with Guard troops in Mississippi
Killeen Daily Herald
While a federal commission is working to determine what the future may hold for the Army’s three components — the regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserves — several programs already in place have active-duty and Guard soldiers working side by side, both at Fort Hood and abroad.
Earlier this month, 1st Cavalry Division soldiers from 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, began loading tanks, Bradleys and other vehicles onto a train bound for Camp Shelby, Mississippi, the largest state-owned training site in the United States.
EANGUS "We Care for America" Foundation: Program suspended until further notice
The National Guard Soldier and Airmen Relief Fund was created many years ago through a generous grant from a corporate partner. Over time, this fund has supported National Guard members faster than we have replenished the funds. As a result, we have had to temporarily suspend the program and focus on rebuilding the reserves.
To donate: https://eangus.org/wcfa/
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Friday, 7 August 2015
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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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Stateside Travel: On the Go with TRICARE
Whether you travel for business or pleasure, it’s important to know that TRICARE is portable and travels with you wherever you go. You should receive all routine care and get your prescriptions filled before traveling. If you have a medication that you take regularly, get enough to take with you and be sure to pack your medication in your carry-on luggage. With routine care complete, your only health care concern should be urgent or emergency care.
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