NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018


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National Guard fund helps soldiers, their families CBS17 

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina has more than eleven thousand men and women serving in the National Guard. Some of them need help while serving or when they get home. The Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund (SAAF) steps in for those men and women, and their families, in times of need and crisis, both when they are deployed and when they get home.

Sgt. Kyle Snyder has served in the military since the 1980s, and joined the North Carolina National Guard in 2008. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 and shortly after was injured in a suicide bombing attack. It was at this point both he and his family needed help from the CBS 17 3 Degree Guarantee Charity for April 2018, SAAF.

Kyle still has shrapnel in his body and has now had 26 surgeries trying to save his leg. He has spent time at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and Womack Army Medical Center on post at Fort Bragg near Fayetteville. It was during this time that he and his family needed the most help.

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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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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 Soldiers train with karate USA during Operation Balanced Soldier 

STEM, N.C. – National Guard Soldiers assigned to the United States Property and Fiscal Office for North Carolina (USPFO-NC) participated in Army Combatives during their annual training event at Camp Butner’s Training Site in Stem, North Carolina, April 17, 2018.

The USPFO-NC revisited and trained on many of the Army’s Warrior Tasks, as part of Operation Balanced Soldier.

The training included combatives level I and level II taught by Army Sgt. Luis Piris-Santiago, and Soldiers were introduced to a combat urban assualt and defense class taught by David Loftis, a Karate instructor.

Piris-Santiago, a non commissioned officer in the data processing information technology office assigned to the USPFO-NC, taught four essential moves Soldiers use on possible agressors. Piris-Santiago began by teaching grappling techniques like the rear mount with opposing thumb grip. He concluded by instructing on how to utilize the full mount, full guard and side control. The techniques taught in the class focused on body control and how to properly overcome possible attackers.

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Chilling photos from the scene and area after 5 killed in plane crash near Savannah airport Charlotte Observer 

A military cargo plane crashed before noon Wednesday near the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, officials confirmed.

The C-130 cargo plane from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard crashed at Georgia Highway 21 in Garden City around 11:30 a.m.

The nine people who were on board the plane did not apparently survive the crash, a Georgia Air National Guard spokesman told the Associated Press. Smoke could be seen several miles from the crash.

Officials remained on scene more than two hours after the crash.

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NCNG hosts annual Information Management Advisory Council DVIDS 

The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) hosted the Information Management Advisory Council (IMAC) at Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, April 9-12, 2018.

The annual event brings together the Chief Information Officers (CIO) from the 54 states and territories that fall under the National Guard Bureau.

“It’s basically an opportunity for all of the National Guard CIOs to collaborate, talk about current issues, current trends and items of interest from each state’s perspective,” said Army Maj. Robert Felicio, the Chief Information Officer for the NCNG. “We collectively get everyone together so that not only can we work though whatever issues or problems people may be having, but we can highlight some of the best practices and create some efficiency.”

Army Col. Richard Berthao, the Chair of the IMAC, assigned to the Massachusetts National Guard, said one of his goals for the event was to have an opportunity to collaborate on problem solving for issues that address the states and the nation.

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April — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1959 Washington, DC – Former President Harry S Truman, who was a Guard captain commanding Battery D, 129th Field Artillery from Missouri during World War I, is the honored guest at the dedication of the new National Guard Association “Memorial” on Capital Hill. The Association, organized in 1879, is a private organization with membership restricted to National Guard officers (active and retired), and represents Guard political and financial interests to members of Congress on actions prohibited by federal law for the Guard Bureau to pursue. To share information with its membership in 1947 the Association began publishing The National Guardsman (today National Guard) magazine. Over the years it taken upon itself the secondary mission of telling the Guard’s history through the “National Guard Memorial Museum” which is open free of charge to the public.

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