NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018


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Answering the call: NC incident management team departs for Hawaii McDowell News 

Ten experienced emergency managers and fire service officials from North Carolina departed Saturday for Hawaii, to serve on an incident management team requested by Hawaii’s state emergency management agency as response continues to the erupting Kilauea volcano.

The North Carolina team will work from an emergency operations center in Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii, supporting the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency. The team consists of one state emergency manager and nine county and local emergency managers and fire officials.

Team members come from emergency management agencies in Bladen, Gates, Lee, McDowell, Moore, and Onslow counties; fire departments in Cary, Charlotte and Greensboro and from NC Emergency Management.

The team, which includes McDowell County Emergency Services Director William Kehler, arrived in Hawaii Saturday evening and will serve for 14 days before returning home.

In the past, North Carolina has assisted other states and territories during disasters.


Memorial Day is this weekend and the USS North Carolina is planning a big celebration including some big name speakers.

North Carolina Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs Larry Hall, Battleship Commission Chair Christopher Boney, and North Carolina Air National Guard Colonel Allan Cecil will all speak at the ships’ 57th annual Memorial Day Ceremony.

The ship opens at 4 p.m. The free event starts at 5 p.m.

Friday marks the start of the Battleship’s summer hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Labor Day.

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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, Moldovan soldiers collaborate on Humvee maintenance 

Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS) conducted a maintenance engagement with Moldavan soldier mechanics on the fundamentals of Humvee maintenance and troubleshooting with minimal technology on May 14-18.

The training was led by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jesse Wisecup, a surface maintenance mechanic for the NCNG, and included five Moldovan soldiers.

The North Carolina National Guard and the Moldovan Defense Forces have been hosting bi-lateral engagements through the State Partnership Program since 1996. This partnership has allowed Soldier growth and development for both countries.
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6th Annual Minuteman Muster DVIDS 

More than 400 runners and walkers participated in the 6th Annual Minuteman Muster 5k and 8k races supported by the North Carolina National Guard Association in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 19, 2018.

This event included Soldiers of the NCNG, locals, several Veteran groups, and run clubs from the Raleigh area. The event was an excellent community outreach for NCNG Soldiers.

The proceeds from the event support the North Carolina National Guard Association, the North Carolina National Guard Museum and the Learning Excellence Center. The museum, in addition to units within the Guard and vendors, set up booths where participants and those supporting runners could learn about the National Guard and organizations the even supported.

“Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard are a great inspiration to us,” said Taylor Morrison, Homebuilder Vice President of Finance and event volunteer. “It was a great opportunity to give back to an event organized by Soldiers and a way to give back to the community.”

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Task Force Panther conducts routine maintenance DVIDS 

Soldiers from the Alaska, D.C., Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and North Carolina Army National Guard assigned to Task Force Panther, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, prepared for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel at the Operational Readiness Training Center on post, May 19, 2018.
A significant portion of TF Panther’s mission consists of conducting meticulous inspections and maintenance to ensure the airworthiness of each aircraft.
“Most of what we do in an aviation unit is maintenance,” said Lt. Col. Benny F. Collins the commander of TF Panther. “We fly some, but we do maintenance a lot.”
In order for TF Panther to meet training requirements, the 120th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division West located here on post, conducts observer controller/trainer duties and provides support.
“Although we are in the middle of the culminating training event, we are using this time to conduct the mid-after action review to evaluate what was done right and wrong,” said Collins.
“We’re getting certified as well to make sure that we are doing everything properly,” said Pvt. Bryan Bridge, an aircraft structural repairer, assigned to Delta Company, 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, TF Panther, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.
“The majority of Soldiers assigned to TF Panther are maintainers comprised of enlisted Soldiers and some warrant officers,” said Collins.

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May — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1861 Alexandria, VA – As Union troops enter this vital port city across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, they moved to secure it against rebel resistance. Colonel Elmer Ellsworth noticed a Confederate flag flying from the roof of a tavern and was shot and killed while removing it. Ellsworth, 24, gained national fame in the years prior to the Civil War by commanding two distinctive uniformed volunteer units which put on drill performances for the paying public. His first company was the “U.S. Zouave Cadets of Chicago” and the second was the “11th New York Fire Zouaves” a regimental-sized organization composed entirely of NYC fireman. ‘Zouave’ units were based upon the French North African troops of the same designation and had world renown for their particularly elaborate form of drill and tactical evolutions. They sported distinctive dress uniforms usually composed of a red fez or white turban, short embroidered jacket, baggy red or white trousers and white gaiters. Despite the high costs of these uniforms the style quickly caught on with young men serving in militia companies both North and South just prior to the Civil War. Ellsworth was a talented showman promoting himself and his troop’s performances with posters, music song sheet covers, calendars and newspaper ads. While performing in Chicago he met Abraham Lincoln and they became fast friends. When not on the road he worked to help Lincoln win the presidency. Just before the start of the Civil War Ellsworth moved to New York City and linked up with the 11th Regiment and was soon elected its colonel. Immediately upon the outbreak of war he traveled with the regiment to Washington at the invitation of Lincoln. He stayed at the White House and often accompanied the president around town as an unofficial aide. Lincoln was devastated at his death. His body lay in state in the White House before a federal train to carried it back to Chicago for burial. Ellsworth was the first noteworthy person to die in the war. In the north his image appeared everywhere in memoriam and many men ‘joined the colors’ angered at his killing. In death he became a “poster boy” for the Union cause.

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