NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017

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National Guard disaster training exercise takes place in mountains  WLOS-TV Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The DuPont State Forest was the center of a disaster training exercise on Thursday for dozens of law enforcement agencies on a local, state and federal level. Operation Vigilant Catamount took place at Guion Farm, located in the north part of the forest. The man-made disaster sites were spearheaded by the North Carolina National Guard and took around 9 months to plan and prepare for.  Read More…

NCNG project creates more parking at WNC Ag Center  WLOS-TV Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

A partnership between the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center and the N.C. National Guard is creating 450 additional parking spaces for visitors to use during the N.C. Mountain State Fair and other events. The National Guard is building the parking lot on six acres next to the parking areas on the southwest side of the agricultural center’s property. Read More…

South Carolina port reopens after dirty bomb threat  Daily News Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

A South Carolina port was evacuated recently as the FBI investigated a report of a dirty bomb on a ship at the Port of Charleston, Coast Guard officials said. After they cleared four containers, authorities announced that there was no existing threat to the port Thursday, WCSC-TV reported. Read More…

Mattis: Military pay is ‘competitive’ even with a smaller 2018 raise  Military Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Defense Secretary James Mattis on June 12 dismissed concerns about a growing pay gap between service members and their civilian counterparts, calling current military salaries “competitive” with private-sector wages. “It’s a balancing act as we try and balance what we need to outfit (troops) with what we needs to bring them home victorious and what we need to pay them to maintain our obligation to these people,” he told members of the House Armed Services Committee during an unusual evening hearing.  Read More…

Raleigh soldier a finalist in PETA’s ‘sexiest vegan’ contest  The News & Observer Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Raleigh Army National Guard police officer Darren Canfield is a finalist in PETA’s “sexiest vegan” contest. PETA is preparing to crown this year’s “Sexiest Vegan Next Door” and Canfield beat out hundreds of other entrants from across the country to advance to the final round of 10 men and 10 women contestants. Read More…

NCNGA Convention overstocks available NCNGA  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Take advantage of some overstock from the NCNGA Convention. Purchase an NCNG Unit Polo shirt at the discounted cost of $20. Contact us at for more details. Read More…

Study seeks NC military families, up to $300 for participation  USO Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The Promoting Strong Military Families is a research study seeking North Carolina military families. Families with children age 10-12 are being sought for participation in the study. Enroll now for the chance to earn up to $300 in Amazon gift cards! Read More…

The effect of PTSD on the heart  By Denise A. Valenti Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Suffering a traumatic event and having underlying cardiac or systemic risks can result in even greater risk to health and risk of mortality. Roughly 8 percent of the population will suffer a traumatic event in their lifetime, and in any given year 8 million adults manifest post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. As researchers study PTSD more, they are finding a complex interaction between PTSD and medical conditions, especially those affecting the heart. Read More…

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