NGAUS In Brief

NGAUS In Brief
NEXT ARMY CHIEF President Donald Trump has nominated Gen. James C. McConville to serve as the next Army chief of staff. McConville currently is the Army vice chief. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Gen. Mark A. Milley, who is Trump’s pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.NEW HUMVEES AM General has received an order to provide 739 M1152A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles to the Army National Guard, the company has announced. The newer Humvees will help modernize the Guard fleet and is in addition to 740 new Humvees ordered in October 2018. The latest buy is valued at $89 million and delivery will begin later this year.AMPV TO EUROPE The Army is set to field the new Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle next year in both the United States and Europe, according to Army budget documents. The AMPV is designed to replace the Vietnam-era M113 Armored Personnel Carrier. The Army plans to buy 131 AMPVs in fiscal 2020, and will eventually have 2,897 AMPVs across the Army at an estimated cost of $14 billion. The AMPV will make up a third of armored formation vehicles.

GABBARD: END COMBAT Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, a Democratic presidential candidate and Hawaii Army National Guard major, told supporters in Las Vegas last week that her top priorities, if elected, would be to end military action in Iraq and Syria and to calm tensions with Russia and China, according to The Associated Press. “Power lies within our hands to change course, to bend the arc of history away from war and toward peace,” she said.

SPACE UNITS Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Army and Navy will retain control of their space-related units even after the establishment of a new Space Force. “Why would we burn a lot of calories moving things that are working today into some new organization?” Shanahan said during remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., last week. “At some point, there’s some realignment that just makes sense, but it really is now, with new authority, getting after the threat. How do we organize for that?”

SEXUAL ASSAULT TASK FORCE The Pentagon has agreed to immediately form a new task force to combat sexual assault, according to The Hill. The task force comes at the behest of Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who revealed earlier this month that she was raped by a superior officer while serving in the Air Force.

ASKED TOO OFTEN Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Oklahoma National Guard leaders last week that the nation demands too much from Guard units, according to The Oklahoman. “You’re still in a position where you’re taking on more of a burden than part time should be. … It’s getting better. It’s not solved.”

NGAUS STAFF CHANGES Some changes are coming to the association staff in Washington, D.C. Laura Roznovsky, the current director of membership and marketing, will take over next month as the director of finance and human resources. Michele Mahoney, the longtime executive director of the National Guard Association of Kansas, will become the director of membership and marketing. In addition, LaKeshia Williams will take over as executive assistant. Earlier changes this year include Priya Ghosh Ahola as deputy legislative director, Blaise Lemke as a legislative assistant and Lacey Morse as accounting clerk.