NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for January 4, 2018

January 4, 2018


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The 49 most incredible photos of the US military in 2017 We are the Mighty

In all of its branches, the U.S. military had an incredibly active 2017. Luckily, photographers were often on hand to capture the training, combat, and downtime of the men and women in uniform. We want to highlight the best of the best, 49 images that show the wide range of what military life entails. Check the amazing photos out here…

New Year’s security at all-time high in Vegas, NYC FOX Carolina 

Throngs of partygoers ushering in the New Year in Las Vegas will be met by unusually tight security following a deadly mass shooting in the city three months ago. City and federal officials will work together to provide extra security along the famed Las Vegas Strip after a gunman opened fire on a crowd of country music concertgoers on October 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. Fireworks from casino rooftops bring thousands of people to the Strip, turning the boulevard into a huge block party. And the city will be crowded with revelers attending New Year’s festivities, including concerts by Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and the Foo Fighters. The extra security precautions will augment more typical measures such as intensified police patrols and blocking off crowded streets. Here’s a breakdown of what is planned. Read More…

Sponsorship opportunities now open…. NCNGA

Do you own a business or involved with an organization that could benefit from some wonderful exposure? Businesses or organizations can maximize exposure by becoming a sponsor of this year’s 57th NCNGA Annual Convention & NCNG Combined Ball. We are expecting a record crowd in beautiful Asheville NC at the Crowne Plaza Resort between March 17th & 18th 2018. With limited vendor space this year, we encourage you to lock in your sponsorship packet early. We continue to enhance our benefits and exposure to help increase your return-on-investment year after year. As you know, our benefits also include year round promotion for our sponsors including visibility in our “Weekly Guardsman” newsletter, homepage of our website and numerous other opportunities depending on your level of participation. With our opportunity to host the 2021 NGAUS National Convention here in North Carolina we have new businesses approaching us about participating in our events so don’t lose your spot. Visit our wesite fo all the details here…

National Guard meets challenges of a busy 2017
Hurricanes and wildfires, along with large-scale, multi-national training exercises and overseas deployments made 2017 a busy year for the National Guard. The year saw an active hurricane season, which included three back-to-back storms starting with Hurricane Harvey in late August. After the storm made landfall in Texas it stalled over the Houston area dumping torrential rains and causing “catastrophic flooding” throughout the region. “Our response to this hurricane has been different [than] anything we’ve experienced before, and we expect it to be much longer in the response phase in terms of what we would normally see with a hurricane,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. James C. Witham, the director of domestic operations at the National Guard Bureau, as Guard members began responding to the storm. Guard members supported local and state authorities with search and rescue operations, transportation and evacuation assistance in Texas and western Louisiana. While Guard members kept busy with the aftermath of Harvey, Hurricane Irma slammed through the Caribbean before making landfall in Florida in early September. Soldiers with the Florida Army National Guard’s 753rd Brigade Engineer Battalion used heavy equipment to clear major roadways within 24 hours of the storm passing. Read More…

Time running out for ‘Old Hickory’ unit to be honored for WWII service WRAL
As America’s Greatest Generation ages and dies, the time to honor those who remain grows short. Of the 16 million men and women who served in World War II, fewer than 558,000 were still alive at the end of 2017. Major General Greg Lusk, adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard, is trying to do just that for the members of the 30th division, nicknamed Old Hickory. “They’re worth it,” he said. “Those are our guys. It’s not only the lineage of the North Carolina National Guard that gives me a vested interest, it’s a personal interest.” The 30th turned 100 years old in 2017. Many of those who fought in World War II are nearing that age themselves. Lusk wants to see the unit honored before it is too late to matter. “They never quit,” Lusk said. “I made the vow to them, as long as there is one of them alive to receive it, then I’m going to exhaust all efforts we possibly can to see it though.” Roger Casey Sr. is one of those veterans. He enlisted in 1944, and he was sent to fight with Old Hickory as a replacement for men lost. Read More…

2017 was a year of change for Fort Bragg Fayetteville Observer
For Fort Bragg and the surrounding military community, 2017 was marked by one constant: change. Troops came and went amid dozens of deployments. Leaders were welcomed to Fort Bragg. Others bid farewell as they ended decades-long careers. Soldiers and airmen were honored for war time heroics; others were mourned when they were killed amid foreign battlefields. Here’s a look at some of the events from the past year: Read More…

December — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1861 Mobile, AL – Alabama state troops seize the federal arsenal at Mount Vernon without any resistance. In it are found 22,000 rifles and other arms used by the state to prepare to defend its newly proclaimed independence as part of the Confederacy. The next morning they seize Forts Morgan and Gaines, both protecting the entrance to the Bay. In them are found a number of heavy guns plus artillery and musket ammunition.
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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…

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