NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017

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Army National Guard steps up to the plate when leaders call  The Fayetteville Observer Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

There’s a cliche on Fort Bragg, offered weekly by visiting politicians, local commanders and others. “When the nation calls 9-1-1, the phone rings at Fort Bragg.” In recent months, it might not have been the “nation” on the line, but we’ve seen yet another force step up to the plate on short notice when called by state leaders. While most of the state was keeping warm during a severe winter storm earlier this month, dozens of North Carolina National Guard soldiers were out in the cold to help keep residents safe. 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…

Corporate Sponsorship program available through NCNGA  NGNGA  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The North Carolina National Guard Association’s Corporate Membership Program is designed to acknowledge those corporations committed to a strong national defense through a well-manned and equipped North Carolina National Guard. Membership includes Exhibit Space at the 2017 NCNGA 56th Annual Convention, scheduled for March 18-19 at Sea Trails Resort in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Read More…

More bases named to host F-35, K-46 and MQ-9 operations  Air Force Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The service chose Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, for the first Air Force Reserve-led F-35 base. Three other bases were named as possible alternates if a problem arises during the environmental impact process: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona; Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida; and Whiteman AFB, Missouri. That environmental analysis must be completed before service officials formally announce a final decision. Read More…

US Army looking to develop biodegradable bullets that turn into plants  Tech Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The Department of Defense is currently in an effort to develop biodegradable ammunition that eventually turn into plants. The empty shells from fired bullets and ammunition contain components that do not completely biodegrade after a hundred or more years. During such time, a tree could already be an enormous line of defense against natural disasters as effects of climate change. Read More…

Report: Day-to-day operation costs eat up half of the defense budget  Military Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Operation and maintenance (O&M) costs ate up roughly $251 billion, or 50 percent of the U.S. defense budget, when overseas contingency operations (OCO) were accounted for in 2015, according to a report prepared by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). “Over the past few decades, funding for O&M has increased substantially, accounting for a growing share of DoD’s budget. That growth has occurred even as the number of active-duty military personnel has remained flat or declined,” the report reads. Read More…

3 big mistakes leaders make when speaking  By Justin Patton Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Have you ever had that moment when you are watching a leader deliver a presentation and you just couldn’t wait for it to be over? People are glancing at their watches, some are giving that awkward eye roll to their friends, and you dare anyone to ask a question when it’s all over. We’ve all been there! The key to communicating is to connect with your audience. Here are the three big biggest mistakes I see leaders make when speaking that prevents them from connecting. Read More…

The Obama era is over. Here’s how the military rates his legacy  Military Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

President Barack Obama will step down after eight years as commander-in-chief with one of the most influential tenures leading the U.S. military, but not necessarily the political support of service members. His moves to slim down the armed forces, move away from traditional military might and overhaul social policies prohibiting the service of minority groups have proven divisive in the ranks. His critics have accused him of trading a strong security posture for political points, and for allowing the rise of terrorists like the Islamic State group whom the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were supposed to silence. Read More…

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