NGB Chief, Senator Headline NGAUS Workshop

Washington Report

(January 30, 2018) Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, will discuss the state of the Guard at the NGAUS Legislative Workshop next month. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., will talk about how the Senate views the Guard at the all-day event Feb. 13.

The annual workshop at the National Guard Memorial, the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C., provides insights on the legislative process and current issues to legislative liaisons, congressional-affairs contact officers and state-association executive directors. Registration is still open and can be done here.

“The agenda this year is particularly strong,” said retired Col. Mike Hadley, the NGAUS legislative director. “We’re presenting a wide variety of perspectives that attendees can share in their states and territories.”

Hadley and his staff will kick things off with an update on where the association is focused.

Priorities of the National Guard caucuses in the Senate and House will be discussed by Sherman Patrick, a staff member for Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Tim Bertocci, who works for Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.

Mary Catherine Ott, the legislative director for homeland security and public safety for the National Governors Association, will offer the perspective of state chief executives. Maj. Gen. Carol A. Timmons, the Delaware adjutant general, will give the viewpoint of her fellow state Guard commanders.

Brig. Gen. Chris E. Finerty, the director of the Guard bureau’s office of legislative liaison, will present an update on legislation of interest to Guard leadership.

Scott Bousum and Daniel Elkins, legislative directors for the Enlisted National Guard Association of the United States, will present their association’s take on issues facing their constituents.