NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017


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Tarheel Retiree Homecoming

On behalf of the North Carolina National Guard and the North Carolina National Guard Association, we are proud to support this year’s Tarheel Retiree Homecoming. The event will be held at Joint Force Headquarters on December 15, 2017. This annual event is one of our largest events for Retirees held throughout the year. We will be hosting various vendors, a briefing from JFHQ leadership and our annual lunch. Space is limited to 300 participants and we sell out early every year. We appreciate your service and look forward to your attendance. Please click here for the Registration Form. Also available is online registration here

NC Army National Guard hosts deployment ceremony in Cullowhee

The North Carolina Army National Guard hosted a deployment ceremony for the 210th Military Police Company at the Fines Arts Museum in Cullowhee on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 1 p.m. Family, friends and others showing support gathered to bid farewell to a National Guard unit deploying overseas. The 210th were given a proper send-off ceremony at Western Carolina University. Officials say the unit will be stationed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Read More…

Killeen, TX: N.C. National Guard troops volunteer on Thanksgiving KWTX
National Guard soldiers have taken some time out to help feed people in need during this thanksgiving holiday, but they’re not from Texas. Soldiers from the 449th Theater Combat Aviation Brigade from North Carolina volunteered to help feed the less fortunate in Killeen. The soldiers are at Fort Hood getting ready for a deployment to the Middle East and are away from their families. Read More…

NC National Guard Adjusts To Changing Times, Plans Two New Centers WUNC
Shifting populations and changing demographics. Those are the key drivers behind the initiative known as the Readiness Center Transformation Master Plan. Nationwide, there are around 2,600 National Guard armories, many of them outdated. In North Carolina, there are around 90. “We got a lot of them that were built in the 50s. I think 1954 is the oldest facility we’ve got active and we’ve got a lot of late 50s and a lot of 60s,” said Lt. Col. Rodney Newton, with Joint Force Headquarters, North Carolina National Guard. Read More…

Panthers, special operators learn from each other in Fort Bragg visit Fayetteville Observer
The Carolina Panthers had never done anything quite like this before. During a visit to Fort Bragg on Tuesday, players took part in a virtual reality parachute jump and took aim at insurgents and other targets as part of a training simulation. But after visiting with troops and their families as part of their visit to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, the players found themselves in familiar territory, with good reason. The THOR3 facility at the Special Warfare Center and School — like many others across the Army special operations community – is based on lessons learned from professional sports teams like the Panthers. The facility – part of the special operations Tactical Human Optimization Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning program – is part of Army special operations’ efforts to treat soldiers more like professional athletes in the hopes of reducing injuries and the physical wear and tear of years of Army service. Read More…

New York National Guard Soldiers help deliver Trees for Troops to Ft Bragg
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — New York National Guard Airmen and Soldiers volunteered their time to fill up a delivery truck with donated Christmas trees bound for military families on Monday, Nov. 27, at the Ellms Family Farm here. This is the 13th year that the National Guard troops turned out alongside veterans and Patriot Guard riders to assist Ellms in the nationwide Trees for Troops initiative. Volunteers were on hand to support the packing of trees with donated decorations and loading them for shipment. “Having that little slice of home is a great reminder of how much the home front cares,” said Chip Ellms, owner of the tree farm and coordinator of the event. Read More…

Support the NCNGA with one click over the holidays… NCNGA 

A couple years ago, we began a program with a company named FlipCause which partners with some of the nation’s top businesses. This opportunity is where you can do all your shopping with over 150 top businesses and the NCNGA will receive a donation percentage on each purchase back to us. Partners include Amazon, Target, Expedia, Fed Ex, Gamestop, Nordstrom, HP, Microsoft, Pet Food Direct, and Hurley to name a few. You don’t have to do anything different other than click through the link here or the link on our website. This link is also listed on our website on the right hand side column as “Shop Your Favorite Stores to Support NCNGA”. You will be directed to these merchant’s main websites and have access to all their promotions and sales as usual. This small step can make a huge impact with everyone doing holiday shopping. We hope you will use and share this opportunity with your family and friends to use as well. Support NCNGA Today…

WWII vet shares memories with National Guard museum
How many artillery rounds did it take for a New York National Guard artillery battalion to help win World War II? According to 93-year-old Charlie Brown, a WWII veteran of the 258th Field Artillery Battalion, the answer is 33,902. That’s the number of rounds Brown and his unit fired during ten months in combat from the Normandy Beaches in July 1944 to the heart of Germany in May 1945. Brown, from Olean, New York, visited the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs November 20, 2017 to meet with museum director Courtney Burns and current 258th Field Artillery members to discuss his experiences and display a collection of artifacts and details about his service in the war. Read More…

U.S. military inks $198.4 million worth of C-130 training contracts Military Embedded Systems
Lockheed Martin has signed six contracts with the U.S. military, with awards totaling $198.4 million, to improve training for C-130 aircrews and operators around the world. The C-130J Super Hercules Maintenance and Aircrew Training System (JMATS) program has trained more than 10,000 personnel for missions including cargo transport, special missions, and aerial refueling. “The C-130J is the world’s most versatile airlifter, and we’ve created training products and services for our customers that reflect the Hercules’ many incredible missions,” said Amy Gowder, Lockheed Martin vice president of training and logistics solutions. “With contracts that include customized new trainers, software, and hardware updates for existing trainers along with cybersecurity provisions, we view these contracts as a significant opportunity ensuring we’re delivering the best solutions for developing well-trained airmen around the world.” Read More…

November — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1864 Franklin, Tennessee – The Confederate Army of Tennessee, under the command of Lieutenant General John Bell Hood, suffers a catastrophic defeat when it attacks Union forces commanded by Major General George Thomas. The federal troops were well protected by earthworks, stone fences and other defensive measures. After repeated rebel assaults, during which six Confederate generals were killed and five more were wounded, and more than 1,750 southern soldiers died, the attack was finally broken off. Union losses were about 200 killed. Thomas moved his army back to Nashville, where Hood attacked it again two days later; again suffering heavy losses before being compelled to retreat. The Army of Tennessee was forever crippled and never again posed a threat to Union operations.

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The Pentagon’s hurricane relief effort in Puerto Rico is nearly over, but these missions remain Washington Post 

The majority of active-duty U.S. troops involved in hurricane relief in Puerto Rico will return home this week, but power restoration and a few other missions are ongoing, said a U.S. general overseeing the effort. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan said in an interview Tuesday that charter flights will take troops home to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Benning in Georgia, Joint Base San Antonio in Texas and Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state on Wednesday. As of Monday, there were about 2,200 active-duty and reserve troops, but many are Puerto Ricans who are part of reserve units based on the island, he said. Read More…

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