NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017


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57th Annual NCNGA Convention and NCNG Combined Ball Registration is NOW OPEN NCNGA 

Our North Carolina National Guard Association and Convention Committee are proud to announce that this year’s 57th Annual Convention will be hosted at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC between March 17-18. Asheville is one of our States top destinations with wonderful scenery, amazing attractions and great food and shopping. It has been a number of years since we have been to Asheville and the mountains, so we are happy to bring it back by popular demand. With the great accommodations and amenities at the resort, we believe this year will surpass previous years’ attendance. This year we are also collaborating with the NCNG and hosting the Combined Event/Ball. We encourage you to book early to reserve your room. Again, this year we will host our Membership Session on a Saturday and Sunday timeframe to minimize conflicts with those on a typical Monday-Friday work schedule and maximize attendance. Our goal this year is to offer a Kid’s Night Out (includes dinner) coordinated by Family Services during our Saturday Evening Event. With so many young families and retirees with grandchildren, we thought this addition would be great for everyone. Our intent is to make it a very enjoyable time for the kids with games, fun and movies to keep them entertained. We are currently wrapping up items like our agenda, entertainment and Convention theme. Once we have these locked in, we will post it on our Facebook page, Weekly Guardsman online newsletter, and on our website. You can signup for these resources on our homepage. We appreciate your support and encourage you to take full advantage of our Early Bird prices. Register Now…

‘Heroes of Old Hickory’ Available Now NCNGA 

More than 10 years in the making the film documents the entire campaign of the 30th Infantry Division during WWII. Landing at Normandy the film takes the viewer all the way across France. Belgium and The Netherlands, into Germany. Scenes include stories of the Hedgerows, the bombing at StLo, the Battle of Mortain, breeching the Siegfried Line, the Battle of the Bulge, and meeting the Russians in Germany. The narrative is supported by compelling stories told by dozens of veterans filmed over the past decade with added recollections and perspective from the French, Dutch, and the Belgians they liberated. Scenes filmed with the veterans include the reunions, 3 tours to Europe, and re-enactments shot at the actual locations, provide perspective of what the men experienced during combat. Click for More Information

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…

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.

Get your Unit and Family NCNGA merchandise in time for Christmas!
Our online store features various unit shirts with more products being added soon. These shirts have great quality embroidery produced locally. Visit to get your orders in time for Christmas…

We are Defenders Too

145th Security Forces Squadron Airmen, or Defenders as they’re also know, are responsible for the force protection and security of the base, but they couldn’t complete this mission without the support of Officers from P & G Security Services. The Officers are not only trained to the same standard as Airmen, but are treated as part of the team. Read More…

210th National Guard gets a grand send-off Mountaineer
Pride mixed with tears Sunday as hundreds of family, friends, veterans and local dignitaries packed Western Carolina University’s Bardo Center for a deployment ceremony in honor of the N.C. National Guard’s 210th Military Police Company. The 162 citizen-soldiers are headed to Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba to participate in detainee operations as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, N.C. National Guard Brigadier General Allen Boyette said. Read More…

60th Troop Command welcomes new senior enlisted leader DVIDS
North Carolina National Guard Soldiers with 60th Troop Command (60th TC) gathered in the auditorium at Joint Force Headquarters, here, to welcome their newest senior enlisted leader (SEL) and to say farewell to the outgoing SEL during a change of responsibility ceremony, Dec. 2, 2017. Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Whitaker, the out-going SEL, relinquished responsibility of 60th TC after approximately 30 months of support to the “Skill and Courage” Brigade. Read More…

Full circle: Statesville native returns to West JROTC after Army career Record & Landmark
When Reggie Hooker walked into English class at West Iredell High School on a January morning in 1984, he had no idea his life was about to change. The Statesville native, one of eight children, had lost his parents at age 6 and didn’t always make the best decisions. He was destined for “one of two places – hell or jail – because my life was heading down the wrong path,” he says. That was until two large men dressed in camouflage walked into Hooker’s class that day. They told him he needed to join the school’s new Army Junior ROTC program. Read More…

Trailblazing general closes chapter on her career DVIDS
Surrounded by family members, military leaders, lifelong friends and hundreds of colleagues from across the nation, Maj. Gen. Elizabeth Austin closed the chapter on a 39-year Army National Guard career. Austin, who served as Army Materiel Command’s assistant deputy commanding general-National Guard, took to the stage of the North Carolina National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters Dec. 1, flanked by her husband and state Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Gregory Lusk. Read More…

November — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1966 (Dec 7 in Hawaii) – Luzon, Philippines – Within hours of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the first waves of Japanese aircraft attack Clark Airfield north of Manila, the Philippine capital. They are met by fierce antiaircraft fire from New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery (AA). The Guardsmen are credited with destroying at least two enemy aircraft in this attack. In April 1942, due to most of the troops suffering from illness plus a lack of food and ammunition, the unit, along with all remaining American and Filipino forces still fighting on the Bataan Peninsula, was compelled to surrender. The men were lead into captivity as part of the infamous “Bataan Death March.” Those soldiers who survived the march remained prisoners of war for the next three years.

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