NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for August 3, 2017

August 3, 2017


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Civil War-era cannonballs demolished by U.S. Army at Pennsylvania Guard’s Fort Indiantown Gap DVIDS 

Civilian authorities called upon the U.S. Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard this month to assist with the demolition here of hundreds of Civil War-era cannonballs discovered during a construction project this spring in Pittsburgh. The munitions were discovered on the site of the former Allegheny Arsenal in Pittsburgh. The arsenal supplied Union troops and was the site of a deadly explosion in September 1862 that killed 78 people.
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Carolina Woodstock 2017, A Patriotic Music and Art Festival NCNGA 

Carolina Woodstock 2017, a patriotic music and art festival, will be taking place from August 18th to the 20th at Lenoir County Fair Grounds, Kinston NC. Admission is free to all veterns with ID and military auxiliaries. Click the link to learn more about the event! Read More…

Soldier will reunite medal with Korea vet’s family on National Purple Heart Day Military Times 

Staff Sgt. Kevin Coady discovered a Purple Heart in the 1970s, and has sought the rightful recipient ever since. On Aug. 7, with the help of Purple Hearts Reunited, Coady will reunite the medal with the family of Pfc. Jack Carl Kightlinger, a Marine killed in Korea. This is Kightlinger’s story Read More…

New Navy secretary, seven other top DOD officials confirmed by Senate Military Times 

The Senate today confirmed eight Defense Department nominees, providing a sizable staffing boost to the Pentagon after a protracted congressional stalemate. Among those confirmed by a voice vote after Senate Republicans and Democrats reached an agreement were Richard Spencer, the new Navy secretary; Ellen Lord, the new under secretary of defense for acquisition; and Lucian Niemeyer and Robert Hood, both assistant secretaries of defense. Read More…

Hiring Event for NC State NCNGA 

If you are a military service member, a Veteran, spouse, or dependent of a service member interested in networking or looking for a career opportunity, please save the date of Aug. 23! The 2017 Raleigh Hiring Event from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the NC State Witherspoon Center features employers from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas. Register for the 2017 Raleigh Hiring Event and our services by calling 984) 664-6463 or visiting the websites listed in the attached flyer. Read More…

Highway Marker Dedication Salutes the N.C. Guard DVIDS 

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) and North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) dedicated a historical marker in Morehead City honoring the Guard’s legacy at a ceremony at on Arendell St. between 34th and 35th Streets, Morehead City, July 22, 2017 as part of the NCNG observance of the 100th anniversary of their deployment for World War 1. Read More…

July —Today in Guard History National Guard 

1916 Nogales, Arizona – Members of the 2nd Connecticut Infantry conduct training maneuvers along the Mexican Border while guarding it against incursions from revolutionary fighters across northern Mexico. The trouble started in March 1916 when Mexican leader Pancho Villa led his men on a raid against the town of Columbus, NM. The invading Division of the North killed ten civilians and eight Soldiers in the raid. President Woodrow Wilson dispatched most of the small American Army into northern Mexico to kill or capture Villa and his men, in a campaign that became known popularly as the “Punitive Expedition.” To protect the border and stop further raids, Wilson mobilized 158,664 Guardsmen from all 48 states and ordered them to camps in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Serving as a security presence on the border, this mobilization allowed the Guard to conduct large-scale field exercises not normally available in two weeks of annual training each summer. This proved beneficial on multiple levels, as World War I raged in Europe and America’s active-component Army, along with the Guard, needed preparation in case the nation was drawn into the conflict. While Villa was never caught, tensions eased with Mexico in late 1916 / early 1917. Soldiers from the Punitive Expedition came home. This allowed many Guard units to return to their states; soon thereafter, men were released from active duty. This 2nd Connecticut mobilization ended in November 1916. However, the regiment was remobilized in February 1917, as America prepared to go to war with Germany later that spring. The lessons and skills learned by the Guardsmen on the border proved of great value when the men of the 2nd Connecticut, redesignated as the 102nd Infantry, 26th Division, fought in six battles in France in 1918.

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Dover woman on a personal mission to honor 90 military veterans Dover Post 

Faye White is the epitome of the old saying about big things coming in small packages. In White’s case, that also could be construed as energetic things. Barely 5 feet tall in her stocking feet, she’s still a whirlwind of determination when it comes to her plans to honor American veterans this weekend. Even a recent hospital stay isn’t slowing her down. “I’ll never get tired of trying to help people,” she said Friday. White has been working for months to arrange an Aug. 5 dinner where she’s asking 90 military veterans to attend. The dinner will be both a memorial to her late brother, Robert Thorne Sr., and as a means of honoring his fellow veterans. Read More…

NC Guard’s Warfighter Exercise Adapts to Changing Battlefield DVIDS 

Inside a large, tan tent in Fort Bragg, North Carolina there are North Carolina National Guard Soldiers hard at work; calling out information as it comes across computer screens, holding meetings, checking communication equipment, conducting rehearsals and finalizing orders. The Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) are preparing for war, and for the next several days they will be tested, observed and evaluated on their ability to lead. Read More…

Advocates push senators to pass GI Bill expansion before summer recess Military Times 

House lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a massive expansion to GI Bill benefits last week. Now supporters are wondering if Senate officials will be able to do the same. Advocates for the plan on Monday lobbied upper chamber leaders not to derail the popular legislation with “political grandstanding,” saying finalizing the sweeping reforms should be an easy task before senators break for the summer. “It’s time for our senators to guarantee this benefit for those who serve our country today and in the future, and get this done,” Student Veterans of America President Jared Lyon said in a statement. “We look forward to the Senate scheduling this vote to achieve a ‘Forever GI Bill’ now, and not wait until after the August recess.” Read More…

Department of Defense to host health clinic for North Carolina residents DVIDS 

More than 200 service members will provide no-cost medical care to residents in Clay and Swain counties, and surrounding areas from Wednesday, Aug. 2 through Thursday, Aug. 10. Through the DOD’s Innovative Readiness Training program, Smoky Mountain Medical is partnering with the Clay and Swain County health departments to provide medical, dental and optical screenings to patients at Swain County and Hayesville high schools. Read More…

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