NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for December 14, 2017

December 14, 2017


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North Carolina National Guard 42nd CST are evaluated by U.S. Army North
Soldiers and Airmen from the 42nd Civil Support Team (CST) conducted training at the North Carolina National Guard’s, Camp Butner Training Facility as part of a U.S. Army North validation training exercise here on Dec. 07, 2017. The 42nd CST is one of 57 teams across the states and territories that deploy rapidly to respond to incidents where weapons of mass destruction have been used. These teams provide expert advice to state and federal agencies as well as follow up support after an incident. Every 18 months the 42nd CST is required to be validated on core tasks, such as the decontamination process, identifying threats and materials, and coordinating with civilian authorities in a realistic setting. This validation proves that the 42nd CST is ready to respond to a chemical, radiological or biological event. Read More…

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…

NC National Guard holds Groundbreaking for New Facility in Wilmington WWAY3 

After more than 50 years using a “Cold War Era” building as their 120th infantry regiment headquarters, the North Carolina National Guard is getting an upgrade. “I’m glad it’s happening because I’m anxious to get to work in a new facility so we gotta go ahead and get rid of the old facility,” Master Sergeant John Setera, said. The North Carolina National Guard leaders and dignitaries came to the groundbreaking for the new $16 million, 51,000 square foot readiness center, which will replace the current first battalion, 120th infantry regiment headquarters. 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…

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 TOMORROW 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…

NCNG celebrates families with holiday event Fayetteville Observer
The North Carolina National Guard hosted a family day and holiday event at the Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh on Dec. 3. “More than just a chance to have fun, this family day brings soldiers’ and airmen’s families together with North Carolina National Guard leaders and staff to inform them of plans and current programs available to them as part of the Guard community,” officials said. The event included a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as live music from the NCNG’s 440th Army Band. There were also games and children’s activities, including face painting, craft tables, a rock wall and an obstacle course. Read More…

Airport lands emergency training center Stanly News & Press
The relationship between the Stanly County Airport and the N.C. Air National Guard has again paid fruitful dividends. Accompanied by local, state and federal dignitaries North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and N.C. Air National Guard Col. Michael “Troy” Gerock announced Thursday a partnership between the Guard and the Office of State Fire Marshal to establish a state emergency training center at the Stanly County Airport, which will be the second such facility in the nation. Stanly’s airport will reap the rewards of being home to the new emergency training center. “It brings more positive attention to the airport,” said Ken Swaringen, airport director. “The more we get the word out, the more we will continue to grow. It opens up a lot of doors.” Read More…

Remember When: Ghosts of winter storms past Citizen Tribune
As the Lakeway Area got its first taste of winter weather, a mild dusting in most places, a look into the Citizen Tribune online archives reflects on a much stronger winter storm, the Blizzard of ‘96. In the January 7, 1996 edition, the Citizen Tribune reported of the massive snowfall preparing to blanket the Lakeway Area and much of the Eastern Seaboard. The storm was expected to deposit 6 to 8 inches in Morristown and much more in the higher elevations. Some things haven’t changed. The Tribune reported large crowds filling grocery stores, stocking up on milk and bread. But the story also shows just how much times have changed in the nearly 22 years. It also reported on heavy crowds at video rental stores. Read More…

December — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1779 Mount Vernon, Virginia – Former commander of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States, George Washington, dies at his home of pneumonia at the age of 67. While these events about Washington are common knowledge to most Americans, few know that the “father of his country” got his start on the national stage as an officer in the Virginia militia. Appointed as a major in 1754, he made a name for himself during the French and Indian War. When he resigned his commission as colonel of the Virginia Regiment in 1761, he was the highest ranking man in any of the 13 colonies. As tensions grew with England in the early 1770’s he sponsored the organization of the “Fairfax County Minute(man) Company.” In 1775, as members of the Continental Congress were looking to appoint someone of stature to command the newly organized Army, Washington was the best leader America had to offer. His success in the Revolution led to his two terms as president. All these later events were made possible because he served his state in the militia.

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