June 28, 2018
The North Carolina National Guard Armory in Fayetteville, North Carolina, was renamed the “Major Jason George Readiness Center” on June 23, 2018 at a ceremony held at the Fayetteville armory. The ceremony was held in honor of Major Jason George who was killed in action on May 21, 2009 in Dora Market, South of Baghdad in Kirkuk, Iraq, by injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device.
“The morning that George went out on patrol he told me, ‘I know why I’m here, I’m here to make a difference,’” said Col. Robert H. Bumgardner, commander of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team. “Some Soldiers deploy to be part of a team, some want to go on an adventure, but Maj. George wanted to make a difference in the world.”
George was a project officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team.
“The Fayetteville armory is a fitting tribute to Major George, as it is home to the unit he served with while deployed,” said 1st Lt. Gore.
World War II veterans are in Raleigh for their 72nd annual reunion, as well as to celebrate their infantry division’s establishment a century ago.
Friday morning, National Guard members welcomed five veterans of the 30th Infantry Division, nicknamed “Old Hickory.”
With a few exceptions, the 30th Infantry Division, during World War II was an all National Guard force with soldiers from four states, including North Carolina.
That group of soldiers landed in Omaha Beach on June 10,1944 and would later help liberate Europe.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Treading on the heels of a recent Safety Down Day, where the North Carolina Air National Guard briefed aircraft and mission safety, the 145th Security Forces Squadron graduated four Raven apprentices in a first-ever, 4-day, pre-Phoenix Raven Indoctrination class, June 10, 2018, held at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
The class, put together by North Carolina Air National Guard Phoenix Raven Program Manager, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Timothy Van Dyke, and deputy managers Master Sgt. James Newman II, and Tech. Sgt. Mark Dow, focuses on getting their apprentices mentally and physically prepped for the mandatory 22-day Phoenix Raven Qualification Course that is held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and run by the 421st Combat Training Squadron. The three-week, 12-hour-a-day Phoenix Raven Qualification Course covers subjects like cross-cultural awareness, embassy operations, legal considerations, airfield survey techniques, aircraft searches, explosive ordnance awareness, and unarmed self-defense techniques.
“All active duty Air Mobility Command bases give a 2-week prep-course, so we decided to do a 4-day mock of what they cover where we can give the apprentices an idea of what challenges they’ll face to make sure they’re ready,” said Van Dyke.
June — Today in Guard History National Guard
1776 Charles Town (today Charleston), SC – A British fleet attempting to capture the largest city in the south must first force “Fort Moultrie” (named for its commander, Colonel William Moultrie, of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment of Foot) to surrender. After a bombardment of several hours and a failed assault landing the enemy fleet is compelled to sail away. During this engagement the 2nd’s blue flag bearing a silver crescent was cut down by a cannonball. Sergeant William Jasper, while exposing himself to enemy fire, transferred the color onto a cannon rammer and hoisted it again above the battlements. Today the South Carolina state flag bears the same silver crescent and the Palmetto Tree, logs of which were used to build the fort.
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.
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