NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018


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280 NC National Guard troops to deploy to Afghanistan WRAL 

A group of 280 North Carolina National Guard Soldiers will deploy on Tuesday on a mission to Afghanistan to aid other U.S. and Afghan forces.

The soldiers are part of two specialized helicopter units based out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport. They will travel to Fort Hood in Texas for more training before heading to the Middle East.

Officials said the troops will serve as the aviation task force battalion headquarters to support the mission to bring stability and security to Afghanistan.

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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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NCNG welcomes first C-17s to Charlotte base Fayetteville Observer 

The North Carolina National Guard welcomed a new workhorse to the skies over the Tar Heel state earlier this month.

The first two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft belonging to the state Guard landed at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Their arrival marked a milestone in a transformation that is now in its 18th month, as the NCNG’s 145th Airlift Wing transitions from the C-130 Hercules to the C-17.

The last C-130 flew from Charlotte late last year. They will eventually be replaced by eight C-17s.

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A veteran’s final fight against a broken VA benefits system ABC6 

Mary Lou DiCicco met Robert DiCicco while both were serving in the Marine Corps. He had just returned from the Korean War where he fought near what is now the border between North Korea and South Korea. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina and so was Mary Lou.

“He told his cousin he wanted to date a female marine, so his cousin happened to be dating a good friend of mine, a southern girl from Alabama,” recalls Mary Lou DiCicco.

The two met, married and had three kids, two of whom later served in the National Guard. They enjoyed a full life filled with joy, but as is inevitable, time took its toll.

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NCNG renames center for fallen soldier Fayetteville Observer 

The North Carolina National Guard has renamed a Greenville readiness center in honor of a local fallen soldier.

The National Guard facility in Pitt County was rechristened the 1st Lt. Ashley White-Stumpf Readiness Center during a ceremony last week.

White was assigned to C Company, 230th Brigade Support Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, but had volunteered to serve with a U.S. Army Special Operations Command Cultural Support Team, which included assessment, selection and training at Fort Bragg.

She was serving as part of that unit while working with other Army special operations forces near Kandahar, Afghanistan, when she was killed by multiple improvised explosive devices on Oct. 22, 2011.

The center is the latest North Carolina National Guard facility to be renamed in honor of a fallen soldier, following several similar dedications in the past two years.

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April — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1906 San Francisco, CA – The “great” earthquake strikes this morning. Within hours large portions of the city not already destroyed by the quake itself are consumed in massive, uncontrollable fires. Almost immediately the 2nd Brigade, National Guard of California, under the command of Brigadier General John A. Koster, is called up for state active duty to assist in security. The brigade consisted of one battalion of coast artillery, two troops of cavalry, three infantry regiments and one signal company. However, since many of the members of these units live in the areas affected by the quake they failed to show up, so other California Guardsmen from areas spared damage were brought in. So many men served at least some term of service, and the funds used to pay and feed them totaled nearly $400,000, that the state adjutant general reported to the Chief, National Guard Bureau that summer camp for some units of the CA NG was cancelled for 1906. Looting got so bad that the mayor issued a controversial degree allowing military and police authorities to shoot to kill any looters resisting arrest. Several looters, person’s actually attacking soldiers (usually found to be drunk) or in other ways causing “trouble” were shot by Guardsmen. The Guard remained on duty until finally released on June 2nd.

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