NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018


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3rd NCNG Educational Foundation Cruise for Charity NCNGEF 

The North Carolina National Guard Education Foundation is holding it’s 3rd Cruise for Charity! Royal Carribean will set sail on their Adventure Of the Seas cruise on January 19, from Ft. Lauderdale. Cabins start at $709, with a $250/person deposit. Some of the proceeds from each cabin will go to the NCNG Education Foundation.

Click below to register, or email for questions.

Prices are per person, double occupancy, based on availability and subject to change without notice.

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Clark honored by National Guard Sampson Independent 

Haddon Clark strongly believes in supporting soldiers who put their lives on the line during combat or natural disasters.

The president of Sampson-Bladen Oil Company and Han Dee Hugo Stores, Clark was honored with the Meritorious Public Service Medal (MPSM) from the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG). A ceremony was recently held in Raleigh at the NCNG’s Joint Force Headquarters.

“I’m very proud and honored to have received it,” Clark said. “It’s a very prestigious award and I appreciate them thinking enough of me to get the award.”

Clark added that he was humbled by the honor and being among the first group of recipients to be presented withe the MPSM. It’s awarded for outstanding service to individuals making substantial contributions. He was joined by Wesley Campbell, vice president of retail retail operation for Campbell Oil Company and Minuteman Food Marts; Constance Wilson Frazier of Connie Wilson Consulting, Inc.; and Dick Hummel of Wakefield Senior Men’s Golf’s Association.

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Should the National Guard be deployed to protect NC schools? Fayetteville Observer 

The National Guard has been called on over the years to restore the peace after natural disasters and other emergencies, but few North Carolina school board members think it’s time to deploy soldiers at schools as a security measure.

Only 18 percent of the 292 school board members who took a recent N.C. School Boards Association survey said they’d support deploying the National Guard as a school safety option. School board members were far more supportive of other ideas in the survey, such as increasing funding for mental health services, school counselors and school resource officers.

“School districts for the most part focus on educating children and naturally providing safety measures for them,” said Minnie Forte-Brown, president of the NCSBA board of directors and a member of the Durham school board. “We weren’t surprised at all there was not as much consensus for bringing in the National Guard and arming teachers.”

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Campbell presented with Meritorious Public Service Medal Bladen Journal 

Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, North Carolina’s National Guard, Adjutant General, presented the Meritorious Public Service Medal during a special ceremony at the North Carolina National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh on Tuesday to four individuals — including Wesley Campbell of Elizabethtown.

The ceremony marked the first time the NCNG has presented the award, which is presented for outstanding service to individuals who make a substantial contribution or is of significance to a major Army command.

The four recipients were Campbell, vice president of retail operations at Campbell Oil Company; Haddon Clark III, president of Sampson Bladen Oil Company; Constance Frazier of Connie Wilson Consulting, Inc.; and Dick Hummel of the Wakefield Senior Men’s Golf Association.

“Their dedication to the well-being of North Carolina National Guard members and their families is truly inspirational,” Maj. General Lusk said. “These individuals and the organizations they represent have touched the lives of so many of our citizen soldiers and I wish everyone involved in their fund raising events were here so I could personally thank them.”

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Military convoys from North Carolina hit southern highways UNJ 

Drivers in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia may notice convoys of military vehicles on Interstate 95 and other highways this weekend.

The 82nd Airborne Division said on Twitter that it was moving vehicles to Joint Base Charleston that will eventually be transported to Fort Polk, Louisiana. The 82nd Airborne said it‘s one of the division‘s largest sealift deployment exercises in decades.

On Sunday, the North Carolina U.S. Army National Guard said it will be transporting Abrams Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Fort Pickett, Virginia on Interstate 95.

They will be using massive trucks known as Heavy Equipment Transport Vehicles. The North Carolina National Guard said the massive undertaking required coordination with transportation officials along the 200-mile route.

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March — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1942 Bataan Peninsula, Luzon, Philippines – The Japanese Army begins its last push to break the American defenses that have held up their capture of this strategic position. Among the defenders are Guardsmen from New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) and the composite 192nd and 194th Tank Battalions. These latter units were organized by combining the single tank companies that were assigned to each infantry division in the peacetime Guard. The 192nd combined companies from IL, KY, OH, WI; the 194th consisted of companies from MN and MO. All of the men not killed in the fighting became prisoners of the Japanese and took part in the infamous “Bataan Death March.” Many of those who did not die in this march died later during the three years they held as prisoners of war.
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