NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for April 26, 2018

April 26, 2018


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What has NGAUS Done For You Lately? – NGAUS Accomplishments NGAUS Accomplishments 

Plenty. But recent achievements are only the latest of a long list of victories in 140 years of work on Capitol Hill.

2017 – Bringing the benefits National Guardsmen and Reservists receive under 12304b in line with other mobilization authorities tops the NGAUS priorities for the formulation of the fiscal 2018 defense bills. Congress created 12304b in fiscal 2012 to provide the services with easy access to the Guard and Reserve, but failed to include education benefits, predeployment and transitional health care, and credit toward early retirement.

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 signed by President Donald Trump in August extends the Post-9/11 GI Bill to 12304b. It also eliminates the expiration date on benefits for anyone who left the military after Jan. 1, 2013.

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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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NC Guard Field Maintenance Shop recognized for Environmental Excellence DVIDS 

The North Carolina National Guard’s Field Maintenance Shop (FMS) 1 in Asheville, North Carolina recently earned a 2017 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Sustainability and placed second in the 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards in the category Sustainability, Industrial Installation.

The awards are given for “regulatory compliance and exceeding sustainability and pollution prevention through internal management practices,” said 1st Sgt. Todd Lingerfelt, the FMS #1 supervisor.

“We submit a packet every couple of years to showcase our efforts in pollution prevention and sustainability,” he said. “We like to compete with other facilities throughout the DoD and then compare processes in hopes of improving our program.”

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Army National Guard leading the way on IPPS-A data uploads 

Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers from around the United States conducted a critical review of their force structure data at the Integrated Personnel and Pay System – Army (IPPS-A) offices in Arlington, Va., the week of Apr. 16-19. The activity, one of several conducted by the ARNG over the past three months, was a preliminary step to the deployment of Release 2 of the IPPS-A system later this year in Pennsylvania.

Soldiers from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Tennessee participated in the Army Organization Server (AOS) Data Interface Initial Database Load workshop. Review and configuration of exiting AOS information to validate unit information accuracy and unit hierarchy alignment are essential steps for building the templates to uploading Soldier records into IPPS-A, according to CW4 Troy Skaggs, one of the technical experts from the IPPS-A ARNG Liaison Team.

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NCNG JAG Office Completes More Than 400 Tax Returns DVIDS 

The North Carolina National Guard’s (NCNG) Judge Advocate General (JAG) office has helped more than 400 service members, dependents and retirees prepare and file their 2017 taxes free of charge this tax season.

JAG office members saw clients in the tax center at the NCNG’s Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, N.C.

First Lt. Katie Reynolds, the Chief of Legal Assistance, said the tax center was started several years ago after Soldiers in the JAG office noticed that active duty installations provide a similar service.

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April — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1865 Durham, NC – Confederate General Joseph J. Johnson surrenders his Army of the Tennessee to Union General William T. Sherman at Bennett’s Home. Following General Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9th, this was the last sizable Confederate force still in the field. Among the Confederate units surrendering was the 5th Georgia Infantry Regiment, organized in May 1861, contained several prewar uniformed militia companies including the “Clinch Rifles.” Sherman’s army included a large number of former militia commands from many of the western states including Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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