NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018


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Attention! College Scholarships Selection is coming up! NCNGA Educational Foundation

This is a reminder from the NCNGA Educational Foundation. If you or your spouse, children or grandchildren will be attending college in the fall, remember that NOW is the time the Foundation is accepting scholarship applications! Applications from high school graduates and current college students must be submitted and postmarked by February 1st. Current High school Seniors applications must be submitted and postmarked by March 1st. The Scholarship Selection Committee will meet in April to award scholarships. The application can be found on the website under the Benefits section. If you need assistance or have any questions please call the Foundation office at 919-851-3990, ext. 5 and speak with Ken Tyndall, the Foundation administrator. Thank you!

At the Leading Edge of Conversion DVIDS

At the forefront of conversion efforts, Airmen of the 145th Maintenance Group are training to receive the C-17 Globemaster III in April and keep the aircraft in flight. Preparations are not limited to formal schools, and maintenance Airmen are taking the initiative to train others at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base. “Everyone is really excited about the transition and looking forward to it. This is a big deal because we’re all going back to a basic skill level. No one has worked on this airframe before,” said Capt. Timothy Huneycutt, the 145th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron operations officer. Two crew chiefs have attended the 30 day course at the Field Training Detachment 5, 373rd Training Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and eight more are currently going through the course which provides knowledge of the aircraft systems and capabilities. Over 30 Airmen will attended the training before the aircraft arrive. here…

Rowan County to build hangar for National Guard Salisbury Post 

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a request from the North Carolina National Guard for construction of a new hangar at Mid-Carolina Regional Airport. The current Army Aviation Support Facility in Rowan County was designed for aircraft smaller than the current 11 Blackhawk UH60’s now stationed there. The commissioners approved the lease of a large area behind and on the side the guard’s current facility and plans to build a hangar that is about 75,000 square feet. The hangar will house current Blackhawks and support maintenance and operations. The commissioners also considered a purchase request from the Rowan Economic Development Commission and a letter from board Chairman Greg Edds offering support for a potential development called “Project Pure.” Read More…

Bill would rein in mortgage companies targeting veterans Fayetteville Observer
Backers of a bill aimed at cracking down on mortgage lending companies targeting veterans say the measure is gaining support. The bill’s sponsors — U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Thom Tillis — said Thursday the goal is to protect veterans, particularly those who purchase homes through a U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs home loan program. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said while most mortgage companies are working to help homebuyers, some are trying to get veterans to refinance their mortgages just to rake in fees, whether or not it makes sense for the veteran. She said those refinancing offers can come less than a year after an original mortgage. Tillis, a North Carolina Republican, said the bill would essentially require that any refinancing package benefit the veteran, not the mortgage company.

Guard Soldiers do their part for Operation Clean Sweep
Across the Arabian Gulf and the Levant, Soldiers assigned to Operation Spartan Shield are doing their part to create cleaner, safer work environments for themselves and the units that will replace them. With guidance from the 35th Infantry Division, Task Force Spartan Soldiers are making strides in being stewards of Army resources by cleaning up their areas of responsibility by carrying out Operation Clean Sweep. “We have seen more organization in motor pools and flight lines and less clutter, making it easier for units to work,” said 35th Inf. Div. Senior Div. Logistics Officer Maj. Mark Bastian. Bastian explained that the objective of Clean Sweep is to recover excess material and equipment and turn it in at the Camp Arifjan retrograde sort yard. There, it will be identified, sorted, and categorized by specialized contractors. Contractors identify the parts and classify each piece as either serviceable or non-serviceable. If parts are deemed serviceable, they will go back into stock in the Army computer system where they can be located, ordered and shipped globally to any other unit that may need that particular repair part or piece of equipment. Read More…

Mission made possible: Operation Proper Exit
Operation Proper Exit, an initiative of the Troops First Foundation, was facilitated by the 35th Infantry Division along with U.S. Army Central Command during its journey through Camps Arifjan and Buehring, while en route through the Middle East in early December. Operation Proper Exit is a driving force for wounded warriors and Gold Star families to continue to work through the trauma they’ve faced and to help them find their path forward. Normally, December is a time for closing doors on the outgoing year and opening up a fresh new year full of possibility. People make plans and resolutions to implement positive changes in their lives. But if the past year’s door is unhinged, it can be hard to close it and look forward. Read More…

January — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1911 San Francisco Bay, CA – Flight pioneer Eugene Ely successfully lands his airplane on a specially laid deck on the stern of the battleship USS Brooklyn. His plane is turned around and he then successfully takes off marking the first time anyone has accomplished a landing and take off from a ship. In July Ely is commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the California Guard. He brings his personal plane to drill and teaches several members of his unit to fly. Unfortunately he was killed in a crash before the year’s end 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…

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