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Officer Elections...

Your 2018 Board:

Executive Director:
Col Jeff (Abe) Aebischer

Past President:
Col. Stephanie Sheppard (ANG)

MAJ Noah Siple (ARNG)

Vice President
Maj Tracy Busmann (ANG)

CPT Clint Miller (ARNG)

Lt Matt Mills (ANG)

TAG appointee ANG:
Lt Col Britt Vanshur

TAG appointee ARNG:
LTC Chris Burt

NGAUS Legislative Alert Take Action

Current Legislative Alerts, click on the links to take Action.

NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-1
Time spent receiving medical care would qualify as active-duty time for Post-9/11 GI Bill education assistance

NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-2
Recognize the service of the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces by honoring them with veteran status

NGAUS Legislative Alert #15-3
Reauthorizing and Strengthening the National Guard State Partnership Program

Current local initiatives / priorities:

 · Improving and maintaining our working relationship with the Enlisted Association of the National Guard - Idaho (EANGUS).

 · Discounted hunting/fishing license for military members.

· Making a portion of National Guard income exempt from Idaho State tax or a Retention Benefit.

· Increasing and making the State Education Assistance Program (SEAP) permanent / lowering in-State tuition to State institutions or a Waiver.


Current Membership Numbers

Current Members Numbers by Branch

As of 3 June

ANG 87 of 139

ARNG 102 of 576

Retired 35

Total 224

Created by Miguel H. Lopez May 12, 2015 at 12:43pm. Last updated by Miguel H. Lopez Jun 3, 2015.


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Since 1878, the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) has been fighting for the needs of the National Guard on Capitol Hill.  Legislative successes include:

National Guard Empowerment

NGAUS has worked to ensure that National Guard leaders have an enhanced voice and position in the Department of Defense decision-making process. In 2008, NGAUS worked with Congress to pass Empowerment I, elevating the Chief of the National Guard Bureau (CNGB) from a three-star to a four-star general. NGAUS celebrated the victory, but didn’t stop there. In 2011, NGAUS successfully pushed for Empowerment II, which provided a seat for the CNGB on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and re-established a three-star Vice Chief position, an effort that’s considered the most significant legislative victory since the Militia Act of 1903 created the modern, dual-mission National Guard.

GI Bill 2.0 – Post 9/11 GI Bill for National Guard

In 2008, Congress passed the Post-9/11 GI Bill, with significant improvements to the original GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill was hailed as a vital step forward for the armed services, allowing qualifying members to use GI Bill benefits and reflecting the changes in duty that have been observed since 9/11. Due to its expeditious passage, the bill left out National Guardsmen and their service time. NGAUS worked with our Congressional partners to quickly correct the oversight and recognize Title 32 duty, with benefits starting at 90 aggregate days.

Overturning Proposed Air National Guard Cuts

In 2012, the Air Force shocked Congress and the National Guard community by announcing drastic cuts to the Air National Guard, including more than 5,000 personnel and 200 aircraft. NGAUS, the Council of Governors and our members argued that the Air Force was disproportionally applying cuts to the National Guard, which would harm our ability to respond domestically and abroad. After months of debate, Congress agreed with NGAUS and halted most of the proposed personnel and aircraft cuts to the Air National Guard.

Creation of Commission on the Future of the Army

More to come!

Other notable legislative successes:

  • Historic levels of National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA) and Military Construction (MILCON) funds
  • Robust Personnel and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) funding to maintain an operational reserve
  • Behavior health support for members of the Reserve Component during scheduled unit training assemblies
  • Reemployment rights for Title 32 National Guard duty
  • Authority for the VA to provide mental health care for veterans and their families — post deployment
  • Extended TRICARE coverage for “Gray Area” retirees
  • Doubled from 90 to 180 days the time a Reserve Component member is covered under TRICARE Prime prior to mobilization
  • Establishment of the National Commission on the Future Structure of the Army to assess Army/ARNG size and force mix
  • Prohibition on the transfer of AH-64 Apache aircraft in FY 2015
  • Prohibition on cancellation or modification of avionics modernization program for C-130 aircraft
  • Prohibition on retirement of A-10s with the exception of 36 aircraft that may be placed in “backup flying status”
  • Fix to future reserve retirement calculation

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