NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for August 23, 2018

August 23, 2018


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35 N.C. Employers Visit Their National Guard Employees at Fort Bliss, Texas DVIDS 

FORT BLISS, TX – Operation “Boss Lift” had thirty-five North Carolina employers travel to Fort Bliss, Texas aboard a N.C. Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster to witness their Citizen-Soldier employees conduct military training and learn what they do when not at their civilian job and on Guard duty.

Operation “Boss Lift”, a three-day trip to Fort Bliss, Aug. 16-18, 2018, is funded and led by the North Carolina Employee Support to the Guard and Reserves (ESGR).

“Having employers experience what Soldiers do while on training helps us expand beyond the image of one weekend a month and two weeks a year,” said Col. Robert Bumgardner, Commander of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team. “Employers are critical to our mission accomplishment and we grateful that ESGR is able to make programs like the Boss Lift happen.”

N.C. employers had the opportunity to get hands-on an assortment of military equipment, observe Paladin artillery, Abrams Tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicle live fire demonstrations and experience a Meal-Ready-to Eat (MRE) with their employee.

“This whole experience has broaden my horizons to think of what these Soldiers do beyond their everyday lives in North Carolina. They leave their lives behind to train and protect our nation. That amazes me!,” said Nathan Huret, who works at Catawba County Economic Development Corporation. “It is remarkable to see the enclosed space these Soldiers work in while inside a tank and in this harsh desert environment. You cannot be claustrophobic or have boundaries issues with barely any room to move while they work to accomplish their task in a small amount of time.”

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30th Armored Brigade at XCTC : Old Hickory’s Success Begins at the RUBA DVIDS 

The Sergeant said we are going to A “RUBA”, so why are we heading to Fort Bliss and not the Caribbean?

That play on words is silly, but there is nothing funny about having over 3,800 Army National Guard Soldiers of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, from four states, who have traveled thousands of miles to get to Fort Bliss, Texas, arrive at their training location to find that their heavy equipment, food, fuel, medical support and other sustainment resources required to begin three weeks of training is not ready to move – That is mission failure, and the RUBA (Rotational Unit Bivouac Area) at Dona Ana Military Camp, New Mexico ensures the 30th, Nicknamed ‘Old Hickory’ roles to success.

In the words of the Chinese general and military strategist, Sun Tzu, the line between disorder and order lies in logistics. Relate that quote to the RUBA, and if it fails in its logistics mission, chances are the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team (30th ABCT) will be way behind the power curve as they enter three weeks of intense training here.

For six weeks (late July through early Sept.) the RUBA has a sole mission, to be the central location where 30th ABCT units conduct reception, staging, and onward-movement and integration into the immense training areas north and west of the RUBA.

Task Force Steel is charged with running the RUBA and is comprised of approximately 300 professional logisticians and veteran sustainers of North Carolina National Guard’s 113th Sustainment Brigade (113th SB.)
As the battalions and headquarters element that make up the 30th ABCT arrive at Fort Bliss, every unit must process through Task Force Steel’s RUBA.

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505th Engineer Combat Battalion completes 9-month deployment, welcomes 92nd Engineer Battalion

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The 505th Engineer Combat Battalion, a North Carolina Army National Guard unit from Gastonia, N.C., has successfully completed its nine-month deployment in the Middle East in support of Operations Spartan Shield, Freedom’s Sentinel and Inherent Resolve.
Col. Anthony Adrian, commander of the 35th Engineer Brigade, Task Force Muleskinner, praised the 505th during a transfer of authority ceremony on Aug. 12, where he also welcomed the incoming unit, the 92nd Engineer Battalion, an active duty Army unit from Ft. Stewart, Ga.
“Immediately upon arrival, Task Force Havoc was ordered to deploy two companies forward to set conditions for the success of the theater’s top priority, the arrival of the 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade (SFAB), allowing them to transition to the enhanced train, advise, and assist mission,” Adrian said. “You name it, their companies built it.”
Operating as Task Force Havoc, the 505th provided the full range of engineer functions in seven countries. The unit’s Soldiers completed 125 major construction projects and more than 100 work orders, valued at more than $53 million. Task Force Havoc Soldiers executed expeditionary construction and general engineering in support of operational commanders, including deploying half the battalion to Afghanistan to support the timely insertion of the 1st SFAB.
In words of welcome to the 92nd, Adrian said, “Your outstanding reputation precedes you, and I’m confident in your knowledge and that you will assume this mission with ease, and continue to improve engineer operations across your area of operations.”

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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 23rd — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1973 Washington, District of Columbia – Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger announced the adoption of the “Total Force Policy” as the new doctrine of American military preparedness. This codified the evolution of the policy that integrated the Active and Reserve Components as one component of national defense. Prior Secretary of Defense Melvin D. Laird and his office planned development of the concept, first announced in August 1970. The Office of the Secretary of Defense sought a long-term solution to problems faced while the divisive Vietnam War raged.

The United States failed to support the Vietnam War because it was fought without a stated declaration. The Johnson Administration also failed to mobilize and deploy Reserve Component (RC) forces, including the National Guard. With National Guard units mobilized, rather than having individuals conscripted to fight, community involvement would more likely support reserve forces in federal service. By restructuring missions, training and equipment to more integrate Reserve Components units alongside active duty counterparts, it was hoped that the U.S. could never commit itself to another war without debate coming from the federal mobilization of the Guard and Reserves. The idea was first proven true in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-1991.

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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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