NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for August 31, 2017

August 31, 2017


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Guard members of NC EANGUS committee attended National Conference in Reno, Nevada NCNGA 

National Guard members of the North Carolina EANGUS committee attended the National Conference in Reno, Nevada this past week. A record 26 representatives from our State attended this year’s conference with the majority attending the “Professional Development” track. Pictured are donated products our team distributed during the roll call of States. Products include Krispy Kreme, TW Garner Foods, Mount Olive Pickles, Cheerwine and many more.

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Following in His Father’s Footsteps: One Soldier’s Mission to Join the NCNG DVIDS 

When Nathan Jones was in the 4th grade he had an opportunity to meet with the North Carolina Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. William E. Ingram Jr. Jones’ father, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Bruce Jones helped set up the meeting as part of a school project his son was completing. During the meeting, nine-year-old Jones presented Ingram with a coin by passing it to him through a hand shake, which is a military tradition used to show appreciation for going above and beyond. Ingram presented the young boy with his own coin and asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. With his head cocked slightly and a roll of his eyes, Jones said, “I’m going to be in the National Guard like my daddy.” Years later, Jones has now kept his promise and raised his right hand, reciting his oath of enlistment, given by his father, officially making him a Soldier in the North Carolina Army National Guard during a ceremony at the Military Entrance Processing Center in Raleigh, N.C. on August 11, 2017. Read More…


Operation Purple Healing Adventures, FREE three-day experience NMFA 

Operation Purple Healing Adventures celebrates rediscovering family-fun and togetherness after an injury. This FREE three-day experience combines family-focused activities with outdoor exploration, like hiking and canoeing to encourage each family’s growth on their new journey post-injury. Our Association welcomes wounded, ill, injured, medically separated, or medically retired military families to reconnect at Healing Adventures. Families take part in uniquely designed resiliency building activities developed by the American Red Cross, and build memories through fun family oriented activities like hiking, canoeing, and even building bird houses! Our Operation Purple Healing Adventures ensure families return home stronger with better communication skills and brand new “purple” memories Read More…


National Guard members compete in combined regional training competition DVIDS 

National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from two different regions met at the Volunteer Training Site in Tullahoma, Tenn., August 18 and 19 for the annual regional marksmanship training match.
The Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) region matches are designed to provide a combat focused marksmanship sustainment training event in seven different regions nationwide. The matches consist of battle focused marksmanship sustainment exercises, designed to validate and sustain perishable marksmanship skills essential to mobilization readiness and success. Read More…

Army National Guard delivers tons of ammo to Letterkenny Public Opinion Online 

North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Army National Guard soldiers recently delivered ammunition from overseas to Letterkenny Munitions Center. The retrograde ammo arrived this month at LEMC in about 230 containers on more than 100 flatbed trucks. Read More…

NC Guard Transportation Company Deploys for Operation Patriot Bandolier DVIDS 

Dozens of 18-wheeled M915 tractor-trailers rolled into Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU), near Southport, North Carolina, after a nearly 300-mile convoy from the North Carolina National Guard’s 1450th Transportation Company headquarters in Lenoir beginning their annual training deployment for Operation Patriot Bandoleer, August 17, 2017. The 78 Soldiers of the 1450th joined fellow South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio National Guard troops for month-long multistate exercise transporting critical supplies to distribution points across the nation. Read More…

North Carolina sends teams to Texas to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Fox 8 

North Carolina is sending help to Texas as the state endures catastrophic flooding flowing Hurricane Harvey, according to a press release from Gov. Roy Cooper. Two Helo-Aquatic Rescue Teams, known as NC HART, are en route to San Antonio, Texas to help with flood rescue and response. Read More…

August — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1968 Chicago, Illinois – In what a later official government report would call a “police riot” the four-day Democratic National Convention and all of it’s accompanying violence and mayhem comes to close as 668 people are arrested and 111 are injured mostly by police overreaction. It’s 1968 and the war in Vietnam is going so badly that President Lyndon Johnson announced in March he would not run again for office. His Vice President, Hubert Humphrey, seen by many as supporting Johnson’s policies, is the Democratic nominee for the general election. To attempt to block the process and give their antiwar candidate, Senator Eugene McCarthy a chance to get the nomination, a varied group of protesters from students to black radicals to widows and parents of men already killed in the war gather to march on the convention center. Expecting trouble William Daily, the no-nonsense mayor of Chicago, calls out the Illinois National Guard as a back up to his police forces. Nearly 6,000 Guardsmen are placed on state active duty, but few are actually deployed to the streets to face protesters. Most are used to guard important government buildings from possible damage from “rampaging mobs” as one police official phrased it. The resulting investigation found little ‘mob’ action. Most people wanted to make their voices known in the convention center but were forcibly blocked by the police, leading to violence mostly by the police. The only incident where about 500 Guardsmen were involved with the crowds occurred this evening as they helped move the protesters, numbering in the thousands, back toward Lincoln Park to disperse them. The resulting report cleared the Illinois Guard of blame for the violence and in fact, stated in several instances Guardsmen intervened to block confrontation between the two warring sides. It’s perhaps a sobering reminder that during the week these events were unfolding in Chicago in Vietnam 308 American soldiers lost their lives, including five New Hampshire Guardsmen of the 3rd Battalion, 197th Artillery, killed by a landmine on August 26th. Read More…

N.C. National Guard Welcomes New Leaders to its Ranks DVIDS 

The North Carolina National Guard welcomed twenty-three new second lieutenants into its ranks during a graduation ceremony for the 139th Regiment’s Officer Candidate School (OCS), Class 59 at the John F. Kennedy Special Forces Warfare Center and School here, Aug. 19, 2017. Before the candidates officially became new officers, previous distinguished officers and graduates of Officer Candidate School were inducted into the NC Guard’s OCS Hall of Fame. Read More…

Shanahan Honors Exemplary Employer Support of the Guard, Reserve DoD 

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan today honored 15 companies with the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for their exemplary support this year of employees who also are members of the National Guard or Reserve.
The award is the highest form of recognition given by the U.S. government to civilian employers for their support of guard and reserve members and their families. Read More…

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