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The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act
The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act was incorporated into the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Along with members of The Military Coalition (TMC), EANGUS supported the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act. The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act will require annual mental health assessments for all servicemembers — Active, Reserve, and Guard; Maintain strong privacy protections for servicemembers; and Require a Pentagon report to evaluate existing military mental health practices and provide recommendations for improvement.
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Introducing our New Career Center
Military-Friendly Jobs, Career Advice and More!
We are excited to announce the launch of your new National Guard Career Center, powered by Military.com. Whether you’re getting ready to transition into a civilian career or already have, the Employment Center has the tools and information to help.
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Service members to get annual suicide screenings
The Washington Times
Service members will soon be screened annually to assess their risk of suicide because of a new provision included in the annual defense policy bill. Sen. Joe Donnelly, Indiana Democrat, pushed for the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act to be part of this year’s bill, which has already passed the House and Senate.
The president, the panic and the Cromnibus
At about 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer came bounding off the floor with news he had been waiting for all week: President Barack Obama, a minor player thus far in the government funding debate, would finally weigh in against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and say he supports the so-called cromnibus spending bill. Aides to Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, along with those of other cromnibus backers like House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had been telling the White House all week that if Obama wanted to remove the threat of another government shutdown in the first quarter of 2015, he would have to speak up.
Senate sends massive $560 billion NDAA to Obama's desk
The U.S. Senate on Dec. 12 passed, 89-11, a massive Defense Department policy bill, sending to President Barack Obama a bill crafted in secret that would clear the military to spend $559.2 billion in fiscal 2015. In a bipartisan vote, the chamber easily approved a compromise version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes $495.5 billion in base funding and $63.7 billion in war funding. The House approved the same measure last week.
National Guard Career Center opens in time for 378th birthday
In honor of the 378th birthday of the National Guard, Military.com and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard announced the launch of the new National Guard Career Center (NGCC) Dec. 11. The National Guard Career Center has several transition assistance and job seeking tools designed to help members and veterans of the National Guard find employment opportunities.
Congress cuts ad budget for National Guard's racing sponsorships
A little more than four months after the National Guard announced the end of its motorsports sponsorships, Congress has cut the Guard’s advertising budget by $13.8 million. A Guard spokesman, Maj. Earl Brown, confirmed to USA Today that the $13.8 million was the same amount that his service had requested to sponsor race cars. In recent years, the Guard has been arguably one of the most prominent sponsors in American racing — largely due to its association with NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Hendrick Motorsports team.
Lawmakers blocked Army plans shift Apache helicopters from the National Guard to the active force
The authorization bill allows for end strength of 490,000 soldiers, 323,600 sailors, 184,100 Marines and 312,980 airmen. It also includes an extra $350 million for Air Force operations and maintenance of the A-10 aircraft fleet, and a prohibition on retiring the aircraft. Lawmakers blocked Army plans shift Apache helicopters from the National Guard to the active force. The bill also allows the Navy to stand down two ships in 2015, but gives no instruction on whether those ships would be reactivated in 2016. Many of the funding and program provisions in the measure last only for a year, pushing long-term decisions off to the new Congress that will soon convene. Officials said they hope lawmakers can deal with mandated sequestration spending caps then, providing budget relief and better spending plans.
Old A-10 and new F-35 both win in spending deal
Congress’ $1 trillion federal budget deal benefits both fourth- and fifth-generation fighter jets, even the Vietnam-era A-10 aircraft. The massive spending bill, called the Omnibus Appropriations Act, averts a government shutdown and funds most federal agencies for the rest of the year, including the Defense Department. The defense appropriations piece of the legislation includes an estimated $8.8 billion for 38 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters made by Lockheed Martin Corp. That’s four more of the fifth-generation, single-engine stealth fighters than the Pentagon requested for fiscal 2015, which began Oct. 1.
Nevada Guard assistant adjutant general kicks off Diversity Speaker Series at Air National Guard Readiness Center
Good leaders are adaptable and have diversity of thought in their actions and decisions, said Air Force Brig. Gen. Ondra Berry, the assistant adjutant general for Air with the Nevada National Guard, during a mentorship session at the Air National Guard Readiness Center recently. "It's not a one-size-fits-all approach," said Berry, during the session, which marked the first of several mentorship sessions that are part of the Air National Guard's Diversity Council Speaker Series. "If you don't have diversity of thought, if you're not able to take in different information, if you don't have critical, analytical thinking skills you're not going to be at your best."
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