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The Bugle

Quarterly Newsletter of the National Guard Association of Maine

Volume 1, Issue 2, 2nd Quarter 2017

Message from the President


“In their first productive meeting after the Civil War, militia officers from the North and South formed an association with the goal of obtaining equipment and training by educating Congress on militia requirements. Today, 138 years later, the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) continues that mission. From the NGAUS Headquarters at the National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Association Board of Directors, NGAUS President and 25-member staff lead the charge in support of the nearly 45,000 NGAUS members, all 460,000 soldiers and airmen of the National Guard, veterans, retirees and their families.” 

As we move into the second quarter of FY 2017 the focus on NGAUS/NGAME is on unit readiness. NGAME’s goal is to develop and submit resolutions that support our Soldiers and Airmen throughout the State and Nation. The resolution process starts in January and normally runs until the NGAME annual conference in September 2017. 

Resolutions can be submitted under three different categories: Joint, Army and Air. Anyone can submit a resolution to NGAME. Resolutions are voted on at our Annual Meeting (7 APR 2017). Then they are sent to NGAUS to be reviewed and voted on by all States at the national conference. 

You can review the currently standing resolution at:

Save the date: 7 APR 2017 1730-1930, NGAME Annual Meeting in the greater Augusta Area. Location will depend on the number of attending that RSVP. 

Education Scholarship

2016 Winners of the NGAME Education Scholarship were Angela Rideout, Blake Bourassa, Nicole Robitaille, and Katherine M. Reynosa. This year’s scholarship application deadlines for submission will be 28 FEB 2017. Checks will be handed out at the annual conference on 7 APR 2017. (Pictured right: CW4 Michael Rideout with Angela Rideout)

Company Grade Officer Luncheon 

The 1st Company Grade Officer Luncheon was held at Camp Keyes in Augusta on November 10, 2016. With seventeen commissioned and warrant officers present from both the Army and Air Guards, Brig. Gen. Douglas Farnham discussed what it means to be a part of a profession, how to manage careers through networking, and the importance building relationships across organizations.

NGAUS Legislative Priorities and Issues

NGAUS represents its members and the entire National Guard on the issues that directly impact them, their units, their families and their employers. Since its inception, NGAUS has held an annual conference during which members gather and vote on the top legislative priorities for NGAUS. We prioritize and transform our members' concerns into legislative action. See our legislative resolutions for fiscal year 2018. 

As issues and legislation comes up for consideration on Capitol Hill, we send out Legislative Alerts and direct you to the actions you can take to make your voice heard. Timely engagement is most important to these matters. NGAUS hopes you will back us up when the time comes for us to raise our voices. 

Enhance Domestic Operations 

The National Guard's ability to provide critical response to Americans at a moment’s notice relies on planning and dedicated funding. 

Expand State Partnership Program 

The State Partnership Program (SPP) has been building relationships for over 20 years with 68 unique security partnerships in 74 nations around the globe. The unique dual nature of the National Guard places SPP at the crossroads of diplomacy and defense, and embodies the widely accepted “smart power” approach to United States foreign policy. 

Fund Guard Cyber Force 

The National Guard is perfectly suited to expand our nation's cyber security capabilities by leveraging the unique information technology talents within its ranks.

Funding for Equipment and Modernization 

Funding for equipment and modernization is critical to ensuring the National Guard is properly equipped to respond both overseas and domestically. NGAUS plays an essential role in advocating to Congress and our industry partners to upgrade, modernize and when possible, recapitalize Army and Air Guard platforms. 

Leverage the Cost-Effective Guard 

Our nation can reduce defense spending and maintain the necessary force structure and experience to meet future challenges by growing the National Guard as a percentage of the Total Force. 

Military Construction 

Funding for military construction and modernization is critical to providing safe and functional facilities for training and mobilization. 

Personnel & Benefits 

National Guard members and their families deserve proper medical coverage, education and employment opportunities as well as retirement and veterans’ protections. 

Preserve an Operational Force 

Allowing the National Guard to regress back to a strategic reserve would squander over a decade of investment in training, equipping, and readiness. 

Representation in Defense Reviews 

Congress must recognize the service and commitment of every member of the National Guard by ensuring the National Guard has an equal voice in Department of Defense, Army and Air Force policy, planning and budgetary deliberations 

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Key upcoming dates:

The Bugle is a quarterly newsletter for the National Guard Association of Maine. Content is assembled by the editor and approved by NGAME leadership.

Would you like to write for The Bugle? This newsletter accepts contributions of no more than 350 words, on topics ranging from National Guard history to legislative proposals affecting National Guard members.

Send any contributions to Editor 1st Lieut. Jonathan D. Bratten at

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