July 26, 2018
Three members of North Carolina Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing Security Forces travelled to Botswana 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, and sponsored by U.S. Africa Command.
The Botswana Defense Force (BDF) and the North Carolina 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.”
Sgt. Maj. Samuel Farley, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the logistics staff section for the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, South Carolina Army National Guard, commemorates his 40-year career, July 19, 2018, while deployed at Boleslawiec, Poland in support of Resolute Castle 2018.
“I came in on the buddy program with a friend,” said Farley, reflecting on why he joined the Army National Guard. “I needed some structure in my life.”
Farley joined the North Carolina Army National Guard in 1978, at the age of 18 after graduating high school. After serving 10 years in the NCARNG, he joined the SCARNG, and has served in the 218th MEB ever since.
Farley remembers the era when he joined, post-Vietnam, with many of the Guardsmen joining to keep from going to Vietnam, he said.
“It was a different time, a different era,” said Farley. “There were a few Soldiers that you would meet that were lifers, but now you don’t meet too many.”
After his first 20 years of military service, one of the reasons Farley became a lifer was due to attaining a technician position with the South Carolina National Guard in 1991. Farley began his technician position as a mechanic, then became an inspector, and is currently a supervisor.
One of the most storied units of World War II never received a presidential citation, the highest honor a unit can get. Its few surviving veterans have been petitioning the Army for the honor.
July 26 — Today in Guard History National Guard
1918 – Dickebusch Lake and Scherpenberg Sector, Marne, France – New York’s 27th Division, assigned to the British XIX Corps, which had begun relieving the French 71st Division on July 5th, completes it movement into the front lines. During its service in World War I the 27th would participate in two campaigns, the Ypres-Lys and Somme Offensive and have seven of its soldiers awarded the Medal of Honor.
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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