NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for April 12, 2018

April 12, 2018


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How will President Trump’s border security plan affect the North Carolina National Guard? Fayetteville Observer 

RALEIGH — President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he wants to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border probably won’t affect anyone in the North Carolina National Guard.

The White House gave very few details of its plan to further militarize the border, but one thing a Trump administration official did say was that Trump plans to ask at least the governors of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California to deploy their guard units.

Unlike the active-duty military, whose commander in chief is the president, each state’s National Guard units are commanded by the state’s governor.

If any of those states refuse to cooperate or if they can’t provide enough troops — Trump has said he wants 100,000 troops on the border — it’s possible Trump could look to other states for help.

And in that case it’s unclear if North Carolina would be called upon, or if Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, would agree to cooperate.
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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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North Carolina National Guard soldiers overpaid during Hurricane Matthew, audit shows

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – An audit released by the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor on Thursday revealed that many state National Guard soldiers were overpaid while assisting in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

According to the audit, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety used the wrong active duty pay rates to pay soldiers who worked in the aftermath of Matthew.

During the audit period, DPS processed 4,354 payments that totaled $1.7 million for 1,285 National Guard soldiers, nearly 91 percent of which were incorrect, according to the findings.

Auditors recalculated wage payments to the 1,285 soldiers and found that 1,166 soldiers were paid in error. The overpayment resulted in a $38,559 (2.3 percent) net overpayment.

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N.C. Air National Guard introduces new planes Spectrum News 

After nearly 50 years, the North Carolina Air National Guard is getting a major equipment upgrade.

Saturday, two brand new C-17 aircrafts flew into Charlotte to be added to the fleet.

The National Guard says the planes will replace those that had been used for 46 years.

Mag. General Greg Lusk, the Adjutant General of the North Carolina National Guard, says the planes will help the North Carolina National Guard take on more missions, and they’re ushering in a new era in the Queen City.

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Greenville Armory now carries hero’s name Reflector 

White letters on a large blue sign that read “1LT Ashley I. White-Stumpf Readiness Center” now alert visitors to the Pitt-Greenville Airport about a young woman who lived and died for her country.

White-Stumpf, 24, a member of the all-woman Cultural Support Team attached to a Joint Special Operations Task Force, was killed by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, in 2011.

The Ohio woman’s life is the subject of a New York Times best seller, and she will be portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in an upcoming movie. And her legacy has lived on in other ways thanks to family and friends and now the U.S. Army.

On Sunday’s windy afternoon, White-Stumpf’s name was added to the sign in front of the Army National Guard armory off north Memorial Boulevard to signify yet another honor for the fallen war hero.

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NC launches cyber security unit Park City Caller 

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina has launched a unit in the State Bureau of Investigation to combat cyber attacks.

“This new unit is critical due to the growing number of threats launched against our cyber infrastructure in recent years, Secretary of Public Safety Erik Hooks said in a statement.

Thomas McGrath, who worked with the FBI National Computer Crime Squad in Washington, D.C., and has worked for the FBI in Charlotte and Raleigh, will head the unit. Officials said McGrath‘s team will work with federal, state and local partners, including the North Carolina National Guard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the SBI and the U.S. Secret Service, to thwart cyberattacks.

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April — Today in Guard History National Guard 

April 12 1944 Naples, Italy – Second Lieutenant Ernest Childers, Company C, 180th Infantry (OK), 45th Infantry Division (AZ, CO, NM, OK) receives his Medal of Honor from Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers, the U.S. Army’s Deputy commander for the Mediterranean Theater. Childers, a full-blood Creek Indian, joined the Oklahoma Guard in 1937, rising to the rank of first sergeant by the time the 180th landed in Sicily in July 1943. He earned a battlefield commission to second lieutenant during this campaign. He remained with his company when it landed at Anzio, Italy, on September 13th. While leading his men near Oliveto, Italy, on September 22, 1943, he earned the Medal for single-handedly capturing two machine gun nests, killing at least five enemy soldiers and then captured a German mortar observer, all with a fractured ankle! After World War II Childers remained in the Army, obtaining the rank of lieutenant colonel before his retirement in 1965. He died in 2003. He is the only Native American Guardsman to earn the nation’s highest award for valor.Read More…

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