Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, yesterday, April 17 held a roundtable with leaders from the North Dakota National Guard and the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Air Force and Army ROTC on his work to strengthen the missions and benefits of the state’s Guardsmen and Reservists, which includes:

  • Securing a new operations facility for the 119th Wing's MQ-9 mission;
  • Enabling Guardsmen and Reservists to concurrently use the GI Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) programs to fund their education;
  • Extending TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) eligibility to all Guardsmen and Reservists.

“The 119th Wing’s Reaper mission supports military operations around the globe, and we’re working with the National Guard Bureau to get them a new facility that can meet the demands of their expanded capabilities,” Hoeven said. “This unit is a prime example of how our Guardsmen and Reservists are an essential component of our armed forces. We need to ensure they have access to the same health and education benefits as active duty personnel. That’s why I introduced legislation to allow members of the Reserve Component to concurrently use GI Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance when paying for their education, as well as helped introduce bipartisan legislation to extend TRICARE Reserve Select eligibility to all Guardsmen and Reservists.”