NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for December 15, 2016

December 15, 2016

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Lead poisoning in armories? Military cases poorly tracked  The Oregonian Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The Pentagon manufactures bullets by the billions and can tell us their cost down to the cent. The Defense Department can say far less about what firing those bullets does to its troops. An 18-month investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive found that lead dust at indoor firing ranges has contaminated hundreds of National Guard armories across the country. Read More…

2016 Tar Heel Homecoming NCNGA  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

For those attending this year’s Homecoming, please consider bringing items from your service to donate to the North Carolina National Guard Museum. Not only will this make your spouses happy by clearing out space at home, but it will also ensure your legacy within the North Carolina National Guard. The Museum needs items big and small, from weapons and large-caliber training rounds, to footgear, photos, patches and pins. Read More…

Documenting a proud past  NGAUS  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Let us give mankind the benefit of the doubt. Let us presume the world and our country will be alive and well Dec. 13, 2396, when the National Guard celebrates its 760th birthday. Let us further speculate that the colonels, captains and corporals who cut those cakes will be interested in how the Army and Air National Guard were helping to wage the prolonged war against terrorism when this nation’s oldest military force observed its 380th birthday in 2016. Read More…

Study seeks NC military families  USO  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The Promoting Strong Military Families is a research study seeking North Carolina military families from Craven, Cumberland, Harnett, Mecklenburg, Onslow, Wake and Wayne counties. Families with children age 10-12 are being sought for participation in the study. Read More…

NCNGA 56th Annual Convention registration open  NCNGA  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Our North Carolina National Guard Association and Time and Place Committee are proud to announce that this year’s 56th annual Convention will be hosted at Sea Trail Resort in Sunset beach between March 18-19. It has been a number of years since we have been at Sea Trail and the coast, we are happy to bring it back by popular demand. With the great accommodations and amenities at the resort we believe this year will surpass previous years’ attendance, so we encourage you to book early. We are currently wrapping up items like our agenda, entertainment and Convention theme. Once we have these locked in we will push it out through our Facebook page and Weekly Guardsman. We appreciate your support and encourage you to take full advantage of our Early Bird prices. You can register and see more details at Read More…

Reservists to get equal death benefits under bill Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

National Guard and Reserve members would receive the same death benefits as their active-duty counterparts under a bill expected to pass Congress. As it stands now, family members of Guardsmen and Reservists killed during inactive training receive a much smaller monthly payment than those of active-duty members. For example, a survivor receives $1,036 a month if the spouse was killed on inactive training status, yet another receives $3,381 if the spouse was killed on active duty, according to a fact sheet from the Defense Department. Read More…

Congress approves $300 million in North Carolina military construction projects  WRAL-TV  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

North Carolina military bases will receive almost $300 million for various construction projects under a spending bill that cleared Congress recently. The U.S. Senate gave its approval to the compromise 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which funds the nation’s military and including $297.1 million for military construction projects in North Carolina. Read More…

The ‘real world’ can take lessons from sports wisdom  By Bob Kowalski Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Millions of Americans spend time watching sports and following up on the internet. Fans have heard dozens of sports slogans flow from coaches, athletes, commentators, team owners and fans. Some call them clichés, but the message can often extend beyond the arenas, into our professional lives. Here’s a look at how some of those sports sayings you’ve come to breeze past can apply to the “real world” — both for fans and nonfans. Read More…

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