Maj. Gen. William Walker, a Life Member of MOAA who has served 36 years in an Army uniform – including his current post as the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard – has been tapped as the next House sergeant-at-arms.
I spoke with him the day before his nomination to talk about troop retention, security in D.C. and the Guard's response on Jan. 6. I wrote a short story for the web to announce Maj. Gen. Walker's appointment ahead of a larger story planned for an upcoming issue of Military Officer magazine.
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2021-news-articles/moaa-life-member-tapped-to-serve-as-next-house-sergeant-at-arms/
Employers who support their National Guard and Reserve employees when they step away for training and deployments improve the lives of servicemembers and their families – and might keep them in uniform longer.
The benefit brought by such employers was among several topics tackled by top Guard and Reserve leaders, and other stakeholders, during the inaugural National Guard and Reserve Family Forum on July 26 in Washington, D.C. The forum, co-hosted by MOAA and the Reserve Officers Association, shed light on issues faced by members of these components, such as family support services and maintaining health care coverage through changes in duty status.
“It has been a challenge for our employers, particularly the smaller employers, as deployments have become a regular battle rhythm,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Dawne Deskins, director of Manpower and Personnel for the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff. “It does become a strain on employers. Anything we can do to make service more attractive, that has a real impact.”
Read the story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2019-news-articles/education,-employment-top-concerns-at-guard-and-reserve-family-forum/