Guard, Reserve Face ‘Pivotal Moment’ Amid Rising Threats

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U.S. Army Soldiers with the 165th Quartermaster Company, 78th Troop Command, Georgia Army National Guard, wait for their turn to conduct static line airborne jumps out of a C-17 Globemaster III cargo airplane
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Guard, Reserve Face ‘Pivotal Moment’ Amid Rising Threats

The National Guard and Army Reserve need continued investment to outcompete America’s adversaries, the components’ top leaders testified April 30 on Capitol Hill.

“Our nation’s investment in the National Guard comes at a pivotal moment,” said Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau. “Our strategic competitors are seeking advantages in every domain, [including] land, sea, air space and cyber. If we are to compete and deter successfully, and, if necessary, prevail in combat, we must invest in our people.”

National Guard to Add 6 New Partners in 2024

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National Guard to Add 6 New Partners in 2024

The National Guard’s State Partnership Program will grow by several nations this year, expanding to more than 100 the number of U.S. military partnerships with allies and partners, said Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau.

In remarks before defense and industry leaders participating in the McAleese Defense Programs Conference in Washington, D.C., Hokanson announced that Finland, Palau, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Sweden and Tanzania will be added to the program in 2024.

Army National Guard Grounds Helicopter Units

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Army National Guard Grounds Helicopter Units

The Army National Guard has ordered an aviation safety stand-down of all its helicopter units following two accidents in February, including a crash that killed two Mississippi Army National Guard pilots.

The length of the stand-down, which went into effect Feb. 26, is “undetermined,” said Capt. Jamie Mason, an Army National Guard spokesman.

Hokanson: National Guard ‘Relevant as Ever’

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Hokanson: National Guard ‘Relevant as Ever’

As the nation faces emerging threats from global adversaries, the National Guard “has never been more important,” the component’s top general said.

GAO: Guard, Reserve Troops Struggle to Get VA Benefits

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GAO: Guard, Reserve Troops Struggle to Get VA Benefits

National Guard and Reserve members are having trouble accessing disability compensation compared to their active-duty counterparts, a report from the Government Accountability Office found. 

Poppas: Guard Must Prepare for Future Fight

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Gen. Andrew Poppas, commanding general of FORSCOM, speaks at the MG Robert G. Morehead National Guard and Reserve Breakfast at the AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. (Carol Guzy for AUSA)
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Poppas: Guard Must Prepare for Future Fight

The Army National Guard must prepare to face and define a new reality of war, the commander of Army Forces Command said. 

“We have to win the first fight,” Gen. Andrew Poppas said Oct. 9 during the MG Robert G. Moorhead National Guard and Army Reserve Breakfast at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition. “We have to prepare for the battle today, especially in this uncertain world. … We have to be ready today.” 

Hokanson: Why We Do What We Do

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Hokanson: Why We Do What We Do

Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the 29th chief of the National Guard Bureau, delivered an upbeat message to the force about why National Guard members and their missions are vitally important.

Speaking in Reno, Nevada, at the 2023 conference of the National Guard Association of the United States, Hokanson said it is worth stopping for a moment to recognize why men and women serve in the National Guard.

Hokanson: Partnerships Matter ‘More Than Ever’

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Hokanson: Partnerships Matter ‘More Than Ever’

After 30 years, the National Guard’s State Partnership Program and the relationships it fosters are more critical now than ever, the component’s top general said. 

“These relationships matter more than ever,” said Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau. “Russia’s violent, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has increased interest in the State Partnership Program. Other countries are looking at Russia and are concerned that they, too, will need to defend their sovereignty.”