NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018


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NC Air National Guard Security Forces in Botswana DVIDS 

Three members of North Carolina Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing Security Forces travelled to Botswana, Africa, in late June, to work side-by-side with their Botswana Defense Air Force counterparts in support of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program, established by the Department of Defense.

The Botswana Defense Force (BDF) and the NC National Guard have been state partners for 10 years conducting over 70 Army and Air Force engagements in Botswana and in North Carolina.

“It was great working with the BDF Air Force,” said 145th Airlift Wing’s Staff Sgt. Eric Stitt, a five-year veteran of the Wing’s Security Force. “They were eager to work and learn best practices from our team and we learned a few things ourselves.”

NC Air National Guard’s Security Forces are charged with protecting and defending the 145th Airlift Wing’s air base, at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. They also have similar capabilities as Army Military Police and frequently interact and collaborate with local, state and federal law enforcement.

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State provides veteran a final salute The Wilson Times 

My husband, Elmer Lee Pittman, passed away in 2016. He had donated his body to the Brody School of Medicine. Last year the school completed its studies and cremated his remains.

We went and picked up his ashes not knowing then about the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Goldsboro. The family had planned to spread his ashes in coastal waters. The our daughter heard about the veterans cemetery.

We were assigned a very nice man, a veteran and a reverend, Harmon Smith, to help us plan a service in memory of Elmer and to make a place for Elmer’s ashes their among a lot of other veterans. His name, birth and death dates, branch of military overseas duty tours. all this information on a marble slate is now in the veterans cemetery.

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SC ANG joining with NC and WV Guard Soldiers for XCTC in August DVIDS 

The South Carolina Army National Guard’s 4-118th Combined Arms Battalion, 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, is preparing for a training exercise called, “Exportable Combat Training” (XCTC) at Fort Bliss, Texas.

More than 200 wheeled and tracked vehicles from the 4-118th CAB are being moved and staged for transport via railcars along Garners Ferry Road, Leesburg Road and Assembly Street near the State Fairgrounds in Columbia, South Carolina, throughout the weeks of July 9 and July 16, 2018.

“Our more than 500 Soldiers will be joining National Guard Soldiers from West Virginia and North Carolina for the XCTC in August,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joe Bulwinkle, commander of the 4-118th CAB. “This event is important for us as we prepare for our evaluation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California in 2019.”

As the vehicles were being loaded on the railcars, passers-by would wave or honk their vehicle horns to show support. Many stopped to ask where the equipment was heading.

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July 5 — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1862 Washington, DC – Congress enacts the establishment of the Medal of Honor for actions in combat “.above and beyond the call of duty.” During the Civil War more than 1,000 men serving in state-raised units received the Medal. During the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection a total of 15 Guardsmen receive the award (including future President Theodore Roosevelt). In all since 1898 107 men who had Guard service earned the Medal. Most came during the world wars. The Korean and Vietnam conflicts had no mobilized Guardsmen earning the Medal but men who had previous Guard service, or who after receiving the award, would join the Guard numbered 12 (Army and Air Guardsmen combined). In addition to all these men who earned it on the field of battle one other, Captain Charles Lindbergh, received a special award of the Medal by a grateful Congress for his historic solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. At that time he was a pilot in Missouri’s 110th Observation Squadron. To date no Guardsman has earned the Medal of Honor in any conflict since the Vietnam War.

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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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