NGAUS Washington Report July 10, 2018 Army senior leaders have approved a new strenuous fitness test designed to better prepare soldiers for combat tasks, reduce injuries and save money. The six-event readiness assessment, called the Army Combat Fitness Test, is intended to replace the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, which has been around since…

NGAUS Washington Report July 10, 2018 Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, advocated for NGAUS Monday when he addressed about 40 Guard company-grade officers at the National Guard Memorial, the association headquarters. “I have come to see this organization works for us,” he said. “And nobody but us works for…

NGAUS Washington Report July 10, 2018 The diagnosis of eating disorders among service members rose 26 percent over a five-year period, according to a study, which also suggests the increase may be higher. The Defense Health Agency’s Medical Surveillance Monthly Report found diagnoses of eating disorders increased from 2.3 per 10,000 in 2013 to 3…

NGAUS Washington Report July 10, 2018 William Rohrs has joined NGAUS as staff writer in the communications department. He will write stories for NATIONAL GUARD, the award-winning NGAUS membership publication, and contribute to other association communications products. Source: NGAUS

NGAUS Washington Report July 3, 2018 Retired Brig. Gen. Roy Robinson, the NGAUS president, has these words for association members on the eve of the nation’s 242nd birthday: Source: NGAUS

NGAUS Washington Report July 3, 2018 Sponsors of the National Guard Promotion Accountability Act in the House [H.R. 5713] and Senate [S.R. 2801] hope a solution to long delays plaguing promotions for Guard officers will be included in the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. The House and Senate versions of the NDAA will be…

NGAUS Washington Report July 3, 2018 More than half of the National Guardsmen in a recent survey reported problems sleeping following a deployment. Researchers asked 928 Guardsmen in Hawaii and New Mexico about their sleep patterns following deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia or other war zones. Source: NGAUS

NGAUS Washington Report July 3, 2018 Lt. Col. Daniel Finnegan, the Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing plans officer, was presented the Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy by Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, at the Pentagon last week. “The Kolligian Trophy is one of the most coveted of all aviation…

NGAUS Washington Report June 25, 2018 The Department of Veterans Affairs has backed off a bit from its annual suicide report released last week. In it, the agency noted that its previous reports, which showed 20 or more suicides among veterans each day, included actively serving service members in that total. News reports noted that…

NGAUS Washington Report June 26, 2018 The National Desert Storm War Memorial will be placed on the National Mall of the nation’s capital, not far from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts approved the location last week, reversing its earlier decision to put the memorial off the Mall on land along…

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