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NGAUS Legislative Alert #14-15

September 11, 2014


The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) periodically sends out NGAUS Legislative Alerts. The alerts are requests for support of certain issues that impact the National Guard.

Use the “CLICK HERE” at the bottom of this post.  It will link you to a page on the NGAUS website. The page includes a short summary of the issue and a prepared text to send to Hawaii’s senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono and your district’s representative, Colleen Hanabusa (District 1) or Tulsi Gabbard (District 2). You can edit the text and after providing some contact information – members of Congress will acknowledge your email – you press send and you’re done.

The Issue: Modernize the Guard’s Black Hawk fleet

Immediate Action Required: Ask your senators and representatives support the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense appropriations bill which includes funding for Army Guard Black Hawk helicopters

More Information: The Army National Guard’s No. 1 priority for fiscal 2015 is the continuation of the UH-60 Black Hawk modernization program. The Army National Guard operates 849 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, and more than 400 of those are older UH-60A models. The A-model helicopters are an average of 24-years-old. Many in the National Guard’s fleet are nearing the end of their useful life.

The current procurement schedule of new Army National Guard UH-60M helicopters to replace the older UH-60A models is not sufficient. These older UH-60As need to be modernized and replaced as quickly as possible for the Guard’s Black Hawk fleet to remain viable and mission capable. The UH-60 Black Hawk is the Army National Guard’s primary rotary aviation platform supporting its dual overseas and homeland defense missions.

The House of Representative’s fiscal 2015 defense appropriations bill included $103 million for the Army National Guard to buy 7 additional UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Senate defense appropriators did not include similar funding.

NGAUS urges you to contact your senators and representatives and ask them to support the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense appropriations bill. The funding it includes will allow the Army Guard to continue to modernize its Black Hawk fleet.

NGAUS Point of Contact:
Mike Waite
Legislative Deputy Director

To take action, CLICK HERE     

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