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Lame Duck Session Update
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The Senate and House Armed Services Committee leadership are attempting to wrap up negotiations and file the conference report this week. This is to ensure the House members can have the requisite three legislative days to review the bill before it comes to the floor for debate during the first week in December. The House plans to adjourn this Friday for the Thanksgiving Day break and will not return until December. The second week of December is being reserved to consider the Omnibus Appropriations bill. If Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on an Appropriations bill it could mean another government shutdown. However, all speculate that an agreement will be reached and that another government shutdown is unlikely.
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Rand Corporation Retirement Study
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Last week, RAND Corporation released a study "Toward Meaningful Military Compensation Reform" regarding the current military retirement system. In its study, RAND illustrates that the current system is inefficient and that there is too many deferred payments. The timing of the study is significant because the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is set to release its findings in February just in time to influence the FY16 National Defense Authorization Act. EANGUS will stay engaged on these issues in 2015 to protect member interests.
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Army cuts hit officers hard, especially ones up from ranks
The New York Times
For all the insecurities of war, Capt. Elder Saintjuste always figured the one thing he could count on from the Army was job security. A Haitian immigrant who enlisted as a teenager, he deployed three times to Iraq, missing so many birthdays and Christmases that he sometimes felt he barely knew his four children. He hid symptoms of post-traumatic stress so he could stay in the Army, because he loved his job and believed that after 20 years he could retire with a captain’s pension. Then, this summer, on the day Captain Saintjuste reached his 20 years, the Army told him that as part of the postwar downsizing of the force he would have to retire.
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Hagel urges more base closures, troop benefit cuts
The Hill
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling on lawmakers to approve a new round of military base closures and limit troop benefits to give the Pentagon flexibility to address its budget woes. "The longer we defer the tough choices, the tougher they will be to make down the road and the more brutal the outcome," Hagel warned Nov. 15 at the Reagan Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California. "Without the ability to make programmatic adjustments like retiring aging aircraft, and without base realignment and closure, the department will face a bill of about $30 billion over fiscal years 2016 to 2020."
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Dempsey: US considering sending combat troops to help Iraqis fight ISIS
Stars and Stripes
The U.S. military is considering sending a limited number of American ground forces to fight alongside Iraqi troops as they launch complex missions to regain territory lost to ISIS militants, the country’s top military officer said Nov. 13. Thus far, American military personnel have been limited to serving as rear guard advisers to the Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish peshmerga. But Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said that could change as the campaign against the Islamic State becomes more difficult.
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New data show long wait times remain at many VA hospitals
USA Today via Air Force Times
More than 600,000 veterans — 10 percent of all the Veterans Affairs patients — continue to wait a month or more for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, according to data obtained by USA Today. The VA has made some progress in dealing with the backlog of cases that forced former secretary Eric Shinseki to retire early this year. For instance, the VA substantially cut the overall number of worst-case scenarios for veterans — those who had waited more than four months for an appointment. That figure dropped from 120,000 in May to 23,000 in October. Much of that improvement occurred because patients received care from private providers.
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Mock disaster showcases new communications for National Guard and 1st responders
U.S. Army
Following a direct hit from a mock Category 2 hurricane, the Army demonstrated new solutions that for the first time enable the National Guard to communicate with civilian emergency managers over the military network. When the Army National Guard rolls in with its new Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal, or DIRECT, system, they can immediately provide 4G/Wi-Fi, commercial phone and internet access, and the ability to connect all the disparate radios that various responders bring to the incident site.
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National Guard, Reserve units for Ebola fight identified
Stars and Stripes
The Army has identified 15 National Guard and Reserve units from around the United States to deploy early next year in support of the fight to end a record Ebola outbreak in West Africa. President Barack Obama in October authorized involuntary activation of reserve units for Operation United Assistance. On Nov. 13, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel signed an order authorizing the deployment of about 2,100 Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers to Africa to replace deployed troops.
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Virginia National Guard considering sites for possible return to
Roanoke Valley

The Roanoke Times
The Virginia Army National Guard, which hasn’t had a fixed presence in Roanoke since 2009, is considering two sites in the area to establish a "readiness center." The Guard declined to disclose the locations but said it has had help from leaders in Roanoke and from surrounding governments. The Guard hopes to make a decision in January, according to a news release.
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US warns Russia over military flights near American shores
Voice of America
The United States has expressed renewed concern about Russian military flights near U.S. borders and has warned Moscow to abide by international law. In a terse statement Nov. 13, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Russia's need for routine training activity. But she said the number of flights near North America had increased in recent months, and that the United States did not consider Russia's security environment as warranting such activity.
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Minnesota Guard, Somali leaders join forces to attract recruits
Star Tribune
The Minnesota National Guard did not want to lose Mohamed Mohamud. The high school senior was eager to enlist, but his mother, a refugee of Somalia’s brutal civil war, balked. Where Mohamud saw new experiences and money for college, his family saw danger. So the Guard took the unusual step of sending a longtime Muslim member to Mohamud’s home to address his family’s fears and secure their blessing.
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