NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017

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It’s time to salute NC vets as entrepreneurs  WRAL-TV  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

North Carolina is blessed with veterans. Ten percent of the state’s population is made of up military veterans from the 13 military bases who choose to live here due to the quality of place in North Carolina. After World War II, almost 50 percent of military veterans became entrepreneurs. Today that number is dipping below 5 percent. America has a huge opportunity to assist these veterans to become job creators themselves. Veterans who become business owners are much more likely to hire transitioning veterans. Read More…

Agreement with North Carolina Guard brings new jobs to Virginia Guard MATES, more training to Fort Pickett  Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office via DVIDS Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The Virginia National Guard has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the North Carolina National Guard to join the West Virginia and Pennsylvania National Guard as external customers storing equipment at the Fort Pickett Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site according to an announcement made June 21, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. MATES personnel maintain the equipment and make sure it is fully mission capable for Soldiers from the respective states to use for training. Read More…

If North Carolina budget passes, some families will lose access to veteran’ graves  WNCN-TV Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Starting July 1, family members will no longer be able to visit their loved ones at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro — if the North Carolina state budget passes. Michelle Mooring lost her father, Lee Lambeth, in September. Lambeth was in both the Air Force and Navy and, according to his head stone, served in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. Lambeth is buried at the cemetery. Mooring visit a few times a month. “I didn’t get to say goodbye to him. This is all I have,” she said. Read More…

Air-to-air combat is back: How will the Air Force respond as the war over Syria heats up?  Air Force Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The first American air-to-air kill involving manned aircraft in almost two decades opens up a new chapter in American warfare — and perhaps a more dangerous phase of the air war against the Islamic State terror group. Nobody knows yet what the ramifications will be from the June 18 shootdown of a Syrian Su-22 fighter jet by a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, but it — along with Air Force F-15s shooting down drones on two recent occasions — quickly raised tensions in the volatile Syrian theater. Read More…

Do leaders need to be innovative?  By Catherine Iste Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Buzzwords can develop a life of their own. Being called a leader used to be sufficient. Now, the adjectives describing the type of leader we are have become critical. From authentic to zero-tolerance, compassionate to servant, we are recognizing the sometimes-vast but more often nuanced differences in leadership styles. This article series reviews some common but different leadership descriptors, and we will start by looking at what it means to be an innovative leader. Read More…

Key lawmaker backs 2.4 percent troop pay raise in 2018  Military Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

A key Republican in the House on June 26 recommended a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel in 2018 as opposed to the 2.1 percent in President Donald Trump’s proposed defense budget. Speaking on background, staffers for House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said the higher level would comply with “statutory requirements” for military pay increases that have at times been ignored by presidents of both parties. Read More…

Military chiefs seek delay in allowing transgender enlistment  The Associated Press via CBS News Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said June 23. After recent meetings, the service leaders hammered out an agreement that rejected Army and Air Force requests for a two-year wait and reflected broader concerns that a longer delay would trigger criticism on Capitol Hill, officials familiar with the talks told The Associated Press. Read More…

The path from manager to leader  By Catherine Iste Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Whether it is because of a promotion, a new job or a comment on a performance review, becoming a good leader is challenging. To make it easier, take note of these three shifts that occur on the path from manager to leader. They include going from reactive to composed, being more farsighted, and the clarity of one’s purpose. Read More…

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