NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for February 23 2017

February 23, 2017

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Helping veterans overcome PTSD, trauma in their post-military life  WFAE-TV Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

North Carolina is home to nearly 800,000 veterans, some of whom have trouble reintegrating into life after combat. A Charlotte veteran talked about how PTSD factored into his post-military transition, and a UNC Charlotte expert addressed the needs and challenges facing these veterans. 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. You can register and see more details at Read More…

NC Air National Guard 145th Airlift Wing deploys to Middle East  WSOC-TV Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Members of the North Carolina Air National Guard deployed recently to the Middle East. More than 100 members of the 145th Airlift Wing were activated to provide the movement of troops and supplies. They will be gone for four to six months, supporting the troops involved in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Behind the smiling faces of families waving goodbye at the runway, hearts were aching. Read More…

Remembering NC in the Great War  The Daily Advance Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S.’ decision to enter World War I — “the war to end all wars” as it was called at the time — on the side of the Allied powers, Britain, France and Russia, against the Axis powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. To mark the event, Museum of the Albemarle opened an exhibit detailing North Carolina’s role in the Great War. The exhibit, “Tar Heels in the Trenches,” runs through December 2018. Read More…

Air Force faces pilot shortage, but training is a challenge  Fox News Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The U.S. Air Force is facing a shortage of pilots — but as Fox News learned firsthand, the training program can be both grueling and rewarding. The Air Force was short 750 fighter pilots at the end of the fiscal year 2016, according to a report from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The year before, the Air Force was down 511 pilots. Read More…

The Army is offering 2-year contracts and cash bonuses to grow the Army  Army Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The Army is offering bonuses worth up to $40,000 or enlistment contracts as short as two years as it tries to recruit 6,000 more soldiers this year than it had planned. In a reversal of a drawdown that has been going on for years, the Army now needs to add 16,000 more soldiers to its active-duty ranks by Sept. 30. The growth, which is outlined in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Bill, also requires the Army to retain 9,000 more soldiers than it originally planned. Read More…

Mattis to decide soon on US troop levels in Afghanistan  Military Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he plans to make some decisions soon on whether to recommend an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether the totals should be based on military requirements rather than pre-set limits. Mattis told reporters traveling with him that he spoke for several hours by video conference on Feb. 19 with U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander there. Mattis said he will collect his thoughts and then send recommendations to the White House where, he said, President Donald Trump is open to his advice. Read More…

NCNGA Educational Foundation offering Reverse Drawing NCNGA Educational Foundation Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Would you like a chance to win $4,000? The NCNGA Educational Foundation will be holding a Reverse Drawing on Friday, March 17, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Shallotte National Guard Armory, 5050 Main St., Shallotte, North Carolina, 28470. Read More…

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