NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018


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N.C. National Guard Welcomes New Lieutenants of 2018 OCS Class 60 and Class 29 To Its Ranks DVIDS 

The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) welcomed 19 new second lieutenants into its ranks during a commissioning ceremony for the 139th Regiment’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) Class 60 and Class 29 at the John F. Kennedy Special Forces Warfare Center and School, Aug. 25, 2018.

The graduating classes included the first female officers to join both combat Infantry and Armor units in the NCNG.

“These 19 graduates are all well-educated with almost half having a master’s degree and are mature, tough, hardworking and driven to be the best they can be,” said Brig. Gen. Todd Hunt, NCNG’s Assistant Adjutant General for Maneuver. “They could go on and become successful in anything they put their efforts toward but they want more than just a civilian career. They volunteered to be a part of something bigger than themselves; to be one of almost 12,000 Army and Air North Carolina National Guardsmen who are ‘Always Ready and Always There’ to serve the citizens of this great state and nation.”

NCNG’s OCS was established at Fort Bragg N.C. on Dec.19, 1957 and has commissioned over 1790 officers. The school is designed to train, assess, and evaluate potential commissioned officers in the fundamentals of leadership, basic military skills, professionalism, physical fitness ethics, evaluate leadership potential, and commission those who qualify as second lieutenants in the Army Total Force.

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National Guard soldiers deploy to Middle East for year-long mission WXII 12 

It’s an emotional day for many families in the Piedmont Triad.

The North Carolina Army National Guard’s Bravo Battery 5th Battalion, 113th Field Artillery Regiment is preparing to embark on a deployment overseas.

About 120 soldiers will serve in the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield. They will be deployed for nine to twelve months.

Their friends and family honored the soldiers in a deployment ceremony on Monday.

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Hurricane Fran’s destruction provided lessons for North Carolina CBS17 

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Twenty-two years ago, one of the most devastating storms in North Carolina history tore a path of destruction from the coast to the Triangle.

Hurricane Fran made landfall near the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County as a powerful Category 3 storm before traveling inland, bringing hurricane-force winds and flooding rains to central North Carolina.

“Certainly for weeks after there was a lot of debris on the roads so that was our big mission in the National Guard was to clear the debris,” said Mike Sprayberry, North Carolina Emergency management director, who was part of the National Guard when Fran struck in 1996.

Twenty-four people died across the state, more than half from fallen trees after heavy rain in the weeks leading up to the storm left the ground saturated.

“We had to go out there with chainsaws and basically clear roads and we were assigned to go onto schools and clear debris out of schools as well but it hit us really hard,” said Sprayberry.

After the cleanup was finished, in the months and years that followed, Fran provided valuable lessons on how the state should respond to future disasters.

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President Trump signs executive order in Charlotte, calls NC redistricting rule ‘unfair’ WSOC-TV 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte took center stage Friday afternoon for a landmark announcement about retirement.

President Donald Trump arrived in Charlotte where he signed an executive order, “Strengthening Retirement Security in America,” to make it easier for small businesses to group together to provide their workers with retirement plans.

The White House says the order directs the Labor and Treasury departments to issue regulations to help businesses join together to offer Association Retirement Plans. Administration officials say high costs discourage employers from offering plans like 401(k)s at a time when surveys show workers worried about being able to live comfortably in retirement.

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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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September 6th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

2004 Fort Polk, Louisiana – Team A, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry, totaling some 150 men completes its training and prepares to deploy in support of the War on Terror. Like many soldiers before them, the men are a bit nervous, wondering what the future holds. But they are also extremely proud as they become the first Army Guard unit from Guam to ever serve in a combat role. The men will be stationed in Eritrea on the “Horn of Africa,” a prime spot for terrorists fleeing from Afghanistan and Iraq. Guam, a 200-square mile island governed by the U.S. as an American territory since 1898 is located in the western North Pacific Ocean. The Guam Army Guard was only organized in July 1981 and its major component, the294th Infantry was not organized until in 1987. No mobilized Guam Army Guard units served in theater during Operations Desert Shield/Storm, 1990-1991. And none were ever deployed to Bosnia or Kosovo on peace keeping mission. So this marks the first time a unit from the island was mobilized for service overseas.

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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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