February 10th, 2022
IN THIS EDITION:
Play Golf and Support Scholarships for Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families NCNGA
Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention NCNGA
Attendance of Technicians, AGR Soldiers/Airmen, and FTNCG at the NCNGA Convention NCNGA
EANGUS Roll Call: Drill Weekend Talking Points EANGUS
You’re invited to our Policy Paper Release – Beyond Pixie Dust: A Framework for Understanding and Developing Autonomy in Unmanned Aircraft AFA
Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum
February 10th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Play Golf and Support Scholarships for Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 9:00AM. Individual & Team options available.
Registration can be done by completing the registration form and returning to the NCNGA or you can register on line at https://www.ncnga.org/events.php
Ensuring benefits parity between the National Guard and the active component has always been a priority for EANGUS. Over the last several years, EANGUS has worked with Congress to address issues such as allowing National Guard Servicemembers to receive 180 days of premium-free transitional health care benefits under the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) after serving more than 30 consecutive days on active duty to support COVID-19 response as well as advocating for equal pay for National Guard Servicemembers assigned to and performing hazardous duty jobs.
In the Fiscal Year (F.Y.) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress approved section 602, which authorizes the reserve components of the Armed Forces to incentive pay in the same monthly amount as that paid to the Active Components performing comparable work requiring comparable skills. For example, a National Guard Servicemember qualified and assigned to an airborne position would be entitled to receive the full airborne hazardous duty pay that an Active Component servicemember receives instead of the prorated 1/30th of the pay for each day on duty. The qualifications, requirements, and risks of performing a hazardous duty job are the same regardless of the component a Servicemember serves. It is fantastic that Congress has finally taken this step to close this parity gap. However, even though Congress approved this section, there is still specific language in the text that does not allow implementation of this benefit until the Secretary of Defense submits a report to Congress no later than September 30, 2022, outlining the steps to implement this as well as the cost associated with it. Furthermore, the Secretary of Defense must certify that providing this equal pay will not have a detrimental effect on the Force Structure or recruiting or retention of Active-Duty Components. While EANGUS does not believe that providing equal incentive pay will damage the Active Components, it will be essential to ensure that this section is tracked very closely to implement this incentive pay.
Yet another parity issue that EANGUS is working on is GI Bill Parity. For many years, EANGUS has been educating Congress on the need to adjust the GI Bill. Currently, there are strict limitations on what type of status and periods a National Guard Servicemember must serve on Active-Duty orders to qualify for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. In March of 2021, EANGUS was able to gain the support of several members of the House of Representatives to have the H.R. 1836, Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 introduced for consideration. This bill would expand the eligibility criteria for the National Guard and Reserve components to make it easier for these Servicemembers to qualify for this benefit. This bill would allow Guard and reserve Servicemembers on Active-Duty for training orders to earn qualifying time towards Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility. Additionally, starting in 2032, this bill would allow inactive duty training (IDT) as a qualifying time towards Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility.
EANGUS sent out a Call-To-Action on this bill in January 2022 to ask our membership to respond and let their congressional members know the importance of this legislation. Our voices were heard, and on January 12, 2022, the House of Representatives approved HR 1836. Currently, this legislation is being reviewed and considered by the U.S. Senate in bill number S. 1349. EANGUS will continue to communicate with Congress to express the importance of this legislation and continue to work on your behalf to ensure that the National Guard receives the benefits they duly deserve.
You’re invited to our Policy Paper Release
Beyond Pixie Dust: A Framework for Understanding and Developing Autonomy in Unmanned Aircraft
The Mitchell Institute invites you to join our rollout for our newest policy paper: Beyond Pixie Dust: A Framework for Understanding and Developing Autonomy in Unmanned Aircraft by Heather Penney, Senior Resident Fellow, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies on Thursday, February 16 at 10:00 AM ET.
Nearly every vision, strategy, and flight plan the U.S. Air Force has released over the past decade identified next-generation unmanned aircraft, autonomy, and artificial intelligence as technologies that are critical to securing a decisive combat advantage in future battlespaces. The Air Force is now developing new operational concepts for teaming manned fighters and bombers with autonomous UAVs—called manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T)—to perform strikes, counterair, electronic warfare, and other missions.
Developing this capability is challenging given the disconnect that often exists between warfighters and engineers. Warfighters have a deep understanding of all tasks in the battlespace that could apply different levels of autonomy in theory. Engineers conversely understand better of how to develop the specific algorithms and technologies to enable autonomy, but not how they apply in real-world battlespace applications.
A framework that represents both the warfighter and the engineer perspectives would provide a structure and common understanding for these two communities in creating autonomous systems that deliver needed capabilities. The Air Force needs this framework to better understand autonomous technologies and help guide the enterprise toward future AI-empowered U.S. operations.
Advance registration is required.
Registration Link: https://go.afa.org/e/285922/ster-WN-krAkJByFTtmtyqUI2DCwJA/gl4v6r/1795573244?h=po_VnJZpsn_fYIdb8Odu8_wVsIPtSta5gRPU15wclhI
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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February 10th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Luzon, Philippine Islands – Illinois’ 33rd Infantry Division begins its Philippines operations by launching a successful drive against the towns of Rosrio and Aringay in the central mountains of the island of Luzon. Its goal is to capture the city of Baguio, headquarters for General Yamashita, the Japanese commander of the Philippines. For more than three months the 33rd is heavily engaged in savage mountain fighting. The Japanese defenders are masters of well camouflaged positions, inflicting hundreds of American casualties before the city is taken. Yamashita retreats deeper into the mountains and is captured by the 32nd Infantry Division (MI, WI) only after the war ends in August.
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