NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for August 16, 2018

August 16, 2018


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Moldovan and National Guard Soldiers Become One Team in the Desert Environment of Fort Bliss DVIDS 

Fort Bliss, Texas – 95 Moldovan Soldiers are taking part in the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team’s eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise, August 6 – 28, 2018.

The XCTC exercise, developed and coordinated by First Army and National Guard Bureau (NGB) is one of the 30th’s largest in recent history, with almost 4,000 Soldiers from North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Minnesota, and Moldova.

For the Moldovan Soldiers it is an extremely significant exercise, considering that out the thousands of Soldiers in the Moldovan Army, 95 were selected to travel to America and participate in the XCTC exercise.

North Carolina National Guard and Moldovan Armed Forces have been training together through NGB’s State Partnership Program, which pairs National Guard States with the armed forces America’s global partners and allies.

“The Moldovan Armed Forces and the North Carolina National Guard have been State Partners for 22 years,” said Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, the Adjutant General of the N.C. National Guard. “Through two decades of engagements our forces know each other and trust each other. The long term relationship and trust is what the State Partnership Program fosters and after all these years we continue to learn from our interactions to become more effective and stronger militaries.”

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NCNG 514th Military Police Company Deploys to Guantanamo Bay DVIDS 

The North Carolina Army National Guard hosted a deployment ceremony honoring the 514th Military Police Company at the Pirates Club in Greenville, North Carolina, August 12, 2018 in advance of their upcoming mobilization.
More than 160 Soldiers are scheduled to deploy in support Operation Enduring Freedom – GITMO and will be charged with providing various external security operations in support of the ongoing mission of the Joint Detention Group at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.
Sgt. Benjamin Bullard, one of the Soldiers deploying with the 514th said he is looking forward to the deployment.
“It’s a fun opportunity,” Bullard said. “It’s a little bit different than going to Afghanistan again, I’m excited.”
Deploying to Guantanamo Bay will provide the Soldiers of the 514th a unique experience compared to previous mobilizations.
“We’re pretty excited about this deployment because it’s not a combat deployment,” said 1st Lt. Fredrick Yebuah, the unit’s executive officer. “But it is a high-profile mission and we are prepared to engage it.”
Although this deployment is not as dangerous as the unit’s recent mobilizations, leaving family for an extended amount of time is never easy.
“Really the hardest part is for [the families] back home who have to continue on with their everyday lives while we continue our mission downrange.” Yebuah said.
The 514th Military Police Company was organized and federally recognized on 27 April 1926 and served in WWII with the 30th Infantry Division.

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Automated meal entitlement system, food trucks to improve Soldier dining experience US Army 

The Army is phasing out its manual meal card system after decades of use, as the service fully transitions to its new automated meal entitlement code system next month.

Now, instead of presenting a meal card, Soldiers will simply swipe their common access card containing an authorization code for the dining facility. The new system, developed by the Army’s Software Engineering Center, allows for the reading of a meal entitlement code that is installed on the CAC by a military personnel office.

Some installations have been testing the new system since January, but the deadline for all posts worldwide to transition to the new system is Oct. 1.

The automated system will make it easier for Soldiers to enter a DFAC, officials said, particularly those in large units.

“(The new system) will ultimately speed them through the line at the dining facility,” said Jack Skelly, chief of the Food and Field Services Branch, Army G-4, at the Pentagon.

The Army actually began its pilot program in the fall of 2017 at three locations, including Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia; Fort Gordon, Georgia; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In January 2018, the Army began implementing the program at other installations as well.

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Entry now open for the 11th Annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament NCNGA 


Have your golf team enter an 18-Hole Tournament. All proceeds going to the NCNGA Educational Foundation! The first $1000 will be given to the NCNGA Educational Foundation to award the Len Adams Scholarship in 2019. Click on the link to learn more about prizes, entry, and more!

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Become a Certified Medical Assistant (before Thanksgiving)! NCNGA 

Have a great new career by the holidays and keep the laptop!

Wait…What? Career Pathways Institute has opened its Raleigh Campus, located with the North Carolina National Guard Association! We have spent years successfully providing education to employment training that gets our students into career-oriented jobs with high demand, high wage positions! Now, its available here in the RDU region conveniently at the NCNGA offices!

So… What are we talking about here? For a complete list of what we are offering this fall, check out website at Programs are in classroom and online and include certifications business, healthcare, IT and our newest addition, the Roofing Academy!

PLUS, we can accept NC TAP Funds for tuition as well as help you find other funding sources!

Check out the information below for specific information on one of the Healthcare offerings, becoming a certified Medical Assistant!

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August 16th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1777 Bennington, Vermont – An American army composed entirely of militia from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York as well as Vermont soundly defeats a raiding party of 900 German troops foraging for horses. Led by General John Stark the militia kill or capture virtually every member of the force. The Germans were part of British General John Burgoyne’s army attempting to capture Albany, NY. This action weaken his army by 15% and contributed to his ultimate defeat at Saratoga in October.

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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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