President: Holli Nelson
Executive Director: Christopher "Mookie" Walker
NGAWV Legislative Priorities
Each year NGAWV aligns efforts to match NGAUS legislative priorities, the Adjutant General's priorities and those legislative initiatives to advance in the West Virginia legislature.
State Legislative Priorities
Retirement benefits for State Active Duty
Parity pay for aviation crew members
National Legislative Updates
For the most current updates on how current legislation affects the National Guard, check out the NGAUS publication.
NGAUS Historical Accomplishments
The new benefits include paid maternity leave for drill-status women. The intent of the program, which the Pentagon has not yet implemented, is to provide excused absences with pay and retirement points for up to three months of unit training assemblies.
Also included in the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act is six months of transitional medical coverage for Guardsmen and their families after Title 32 coronavirus response missions.
Meanwhile, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvements Act of 2020 credits for the first time service under Title 32 toward Department of Veterans Affairs home loans.
Additional language extends federal employment protections and reemployment rights to Guardsmen who serve at least 14 days of state active duty or who are mobilized to respond to a national emergency or natural disaster.
NGAUS also won some major equipment battles in 2020. One of the most significant is the six C-130J Super Hercules cargo planes for the Air Guard. There are also 43 new or rebuilt UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters along with $100 million in the Humvee modernization program for the Army Guard.
Finally, a provision in the NDAA adds the National Guard Bureau chief to the list of senior officers able to provide an unfunded priorities list to Congress.