NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for November 2, 2017

November 2, 2017


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Brief Note Regarding the Value of Life Insurance NCNGA
A single person or a married person with no children might think that he or she does not need life insurance because no children are dependent on his or her income. However, the individual must consider a partner’s or surviving family member’s ability to handle the costs associated with his or her death. Funds to pay funeral expenses, probate and administrative fees, outstanding debts, and federal and state taxes must be found somewhere; for the overwhelming majority of people, the least expensive place to find those funds is in a life insurance policy. Click to view our NCNGA Insurance Option.

Few Weeks Remain in 2017 National Guard Survey NGAUS
As of right now, we have just a few more weeks for this National Survey, and nowhere near the 6,000+ responses we got last year. We are sitting at just over 1,500 and I know we can do better. Please take the survey and forward it to anyone who may have missed it.

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Memories of ‘Doc’ Thompson draw vets from several states Wilkes Journal-Patriot
From across the East Coast they came—from Northern Virginia, Florida, New Jersey, Maryland, other states and as close by as Sparta—to pay tribute to a Navy corpsman who cared for them when they served as Marines in Iraq. The 20 or so veterans spent Saturday in Wilkes County because it was the 12th anniversary of the death of Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher “Chris” Thompson, who grew up in Wilkes and graduated from North Wilkes High School in 1999. Thompson died when an improved explosive device (IED) blew up the Humvee he was in on Oct. 21, 2005, in Iraq’s Anbar Province. Read More…

Q&A With Military Reporter Jay Price On Hurricane Recovery In Puerto Rico WUNC
Last week marked one month since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, and conditions remain primitive on much of the island. About one million people remain without running water and three million are without electricity. The U.S. military has deployed thousands of troops to help with the recovery effort, including units from Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune. The North Carolina National Guard also is helping with the cleanup. WUNC’s Jay Price spoke with Morning Edition Host Eric Hodge about some of those military units and their mission in Puerto Rico. Read More…

NC Guardsmen share their careers with ADHS students DVIDS
North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) Soldiers spoke to students about their military careers and experiences at Athens Drive High School (ADHS), here, Oct. 25, 2017. The visit was part of a week-long military program put on by the school, inviting different branches and components of the military to talk to the students about the career opportunities available in the uniformed services. Mealonie Carlton, the school’s career development coordinator, began the program to introduce students to the potential career opportunities available to them within the military. “This week is military appreciation week,” Carlton said. “It stemmed from the question of how can we get the military into the classrooms, based on curriculum based areas and job selections.” Read More…

NCNG Dedicates Military Building to Fallen West Virginia Soldier AP via US News
The North Carolina National Guard has dedicated a building to a fallen West Virginia National Guard soldier. A news release says a ceremony Friday dedicated the Sanford Readiness Center to Sgt. DeForest Talbert. Sgt. DeForest Talbert was an armor crewman assigned to the Dunbar unit of 1st Battalion, 150th Armored Regiment based in Beckley, West Virginia. He was killed in July 2004 in Baladruc, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. Read More…

NC National Guard’s 112th Finance Detachment deploys to Kuwait NSJ Online
The North Carolina Army National Guard’s 112th Finance Detachment at the Siler City Armory deployed to Kuwait this weekend in support of Operation Joint Guardian. The guard members will provide financial support for U.S. military forces, US government contractors, local nationals and joint coalition forces in Kuwait. They will join more than 450 Virginia, Maryland and Army National Guard soldiers a combined forces contingency operation that according to the U.S. Army is designed to deter and react to possible threats within the region. The unit’s last deployment was to Kosovo in support of “Operation Joint Guardian” in 2013. This is the fourth overseas deployment for the detachment. Read More…

With Huge Job Ahead, N.C. National Guard Begins Rebuilding Rural Puerto Rico Roads WUNC
It’s hard to imagine a less glamorous mission. More than 100 members of the North Carolina National Guard are working in Puerto Rico to reopen the hundreds of roads that were blocked, washed out, or buried by mud by Hurricane Maria. It’s slow work, hampered by communication challenges and recent rain storms that made the damage worse. “We’re identifying new missions every day and doing what we can, as quickly as we can, as safely as we can,” said Lt. Col. Cale Moody, the commander of Task Force Rhino. The task force is led by soldiers of the 105th Engineer Battalion and is based in Raeford. Read More…

November — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1795 Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina – Eleventh President of the United States James K. Polk is born. After graduating from law school in North Carolina he moved to Tennessee to practice law. There he became a close friend of General Andrew Jackson. Based upon this relationship, in 1821 Polk, with Jackson’s support, was commissioned as a captain in the Maury County, TN, militia. In 1824 he was promoted to major, just before he resigned to run for Congress. He eventually served as Speaker of the House from 1835-1839, supporting Jackson in his ‘war’ over the abolishment of the National Bank. He then was elected Governor of Tennessee, serving until his election as the 11th President in 1844. Polk is best remembered as the President who got the United States involved in a war with Mexico, which resulted in America gaining the vast southwest area which today comprises the states of Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico. He died less than a year after leaving office, in June 1849.

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