NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018


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WATCH: President Trump lands in NC WRAL 

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President Trump lands in North Carolina to assess storm damage.

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US Army Soldiers support FEMA, local communities, citizens in ongoing Florence response 

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Damage assessments, rescues, and evacuations continue as U.S. Army Soldiers provide aid and support to FEMA, local communities, and citizens recovering from Hurricane Florence.

The Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper surveyed the damage across the Carolinas Sept. 18 with relief effort leadership. Flooding continues to be a concern in the region. Federal, military and city officials are keeping watch on both the Cape Fear and Lumberton Rivers as they approach flood stage in the aftermath of the storm.

In the last 24 hours:
• U.S. Army forces rescued 372 persons and evacuated 47 in various parts of the Carolinas.
• More than 9,000 Soldiers are providing Total Army support to hurricane response.
• More than 4000 Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and dependents have been displaced due to the impacts of the hurricane.
• National Guard helicopters have delivered 61,500 pounds of needed supplies by air.
• More than 9,000 Soldiers are currently responding to hurricane relief efforts as leaders continue to refine the mission needs.

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Thank you to Vanessa from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Wilson, NC 230th Brigade Support Battalion 

Thank you to Vanessa, the store manager at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Wilson, NC. Vanessa, upon hearing that we were at an armory running on generator power and were buying plastic Rubbermaid tubs to allow Soldiers to wash their clothes, said that was not good enough for Soldiers in her community. She donated fans, the tubs, laundry detergent, and a brand new washer…which still blows me away…all for free. She even took time away from work, and delivered it in her personal truck! When Soldiers tried to thank her, which they felt was no where near good enough for this generosity, she simply said that she didn’t need thanks, just help her community and it’s people and to help it heal.

“There are few moments that define and re affirm why we as North Carolina National Guardsmen do what we do. This woman is that reaffirmation and definition all in one. Her selflessness, her love of country and Soldiers, and her love of this state and her community is truly inspiring and the reason why I am honored to wear the uniform. Thank you Ma’am, wherever you are and may God bless you.”-SSG Dustin Wilmoth, Co C, 230th BSB

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National Guard rescues hundreds of people, pets across North Carolina WBFF 

NORTH CAROLINA (WBFF) – The National Guard has been a critical resource in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Members have rescued 872 people and 127 pets across the eastern part of the state, the guard said on Twitter Sunday.

Members of the Maryland National Guard have been among those answering the call.

“We got the call at 2 p.m. Sunday,” said Major Cody Starken. “We got our equipment together and flew out.”

FOX45 spoke with Starken and a member of the North Carolina National Guard via Skype Monday, from their command post in a town outside of Raleigh.

Currently, 20 members from the Baltimore Armory are assisting in delivering water and food by air.

“We’re on rotations from Maryland,” explained Starken. “We’re delivering bottles of water and meals ready to eat.”

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Tennessee National Guard helicopters arrive in North Carolina WATE 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Three Tennessee National Guard Blackhawk helicopters have arrived in North Carolina to help with relief after Hurricane Florence.

All three are equipped to conduct medical evacuation and rescue hoists, as well as transport medical patients and supplies.

“Our aircrews are some of the best I’ve had the privilege to work with in my entire Army career,” said Col. Joe Miller, State Aviation Officer for the Tennessee Army National Guard. “They get a lot of practice with missions in the Smoky Mountains and I’m confident they’ll provide top-notch support to the citizens of North Carolina.”

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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 20th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1917 St. Nazaire, France – The 26th “Yankee” Division (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) becomes the first American division to arrive in Europe during World War I. More than one million American soldiers and Marines will join them by war’s end in November 1918. All 18 National Guard divisions will serve in France, but only 11 see combat as intact units. Six others become “depot” divisions, serving as a source of replacements for casualties suffered by the frontline divisions. One, the 93rd Division, composed of all of the Guard’s African American units, has each of its four regiments parceled out to three different French divisions because American army leadership did not want to mix black and white soldiers together.

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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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