NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for October 18, 2018

October 18, 2018


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Lawmakers give National Guard soldiers reprieve after WBTV investigation WBTV 

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) – Legislation passed by the North Carolina General Assembly on Monday to help fund the recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael included a provision that would prevent soldiers in the North Carolina National Guard from having to repay money they were accidentally overpaid for responding to Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Roughly 1,100 soldiers were paid the incorrect daily rate while being activated in October 2016 to respond to flooding from Matthew, according to an audit released by the North Carolina State Auditor earlier this year.

A spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety–the state agency that includes the North Carolina National Guard–has told WBTV the over-payment was the result of an administrative error when processing the payroll.

In September, weeks before Hurricane Florence hit, those soldiers who were overpaid received a letter from NCDPS saying they must pay the overage amount back by October.

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The Army National Guard is looking for soldiers for its new security force assistance brigade ArmyTimes 

When the Army unveiled its Security Force Assistance Brigade plan in 2017, leaders laid out a program that would include five active duty brigades and one manned by the Army National Guard.

The Guard, according to its website, is getting ready to fill those spots.

Dubbed the 54th Security Force Assistance Brigade, according to the site, it will have six battalions in five southern and Midwestern states. That name, however, is apparently pre-decisional.

“Official naming decisions for the ARNG SFAB are still being staffed for approval through Army senior leadership,” according to Lt. Col. Wes Parmer, a spokesman for the Army National Guard.Read More…

State of Emergency issued for North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Michael WTKR 

RALEIGH, N.C. – Governor Roy Cooper announced a State of Emergency for the state ahead of Hurricane Michael on Wednesday.

Restrictions on trucks and heavy vehicles have been lifted in order to help the state prepare.

Additionally, 150 National Guard troops have orders to report for duty beginning Wednesday afternoon.

Michael is expected to move ashore over the Florida Panhandle later Wednesday, move NE across the southeastern United States Wednesday night and Thursday, and then move off the Mid-Atlantic coast away from the United States on Friday.

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First Female Chief for the 145th Maintenance Group DVIDS 

With the first feeling of Fall lingering in the air, changes came to the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, as Senior Master Sgt. Lisa Phillips promoted and took on the role as 145th Maintenance Group Chief Oct. 13, 2018.

“It’s an honor; I wasn’t sure if it was possible, if I’d be able to do it being a traditionalist, but I’m happy to do it,” stated Phillips.

At 30 years of age, Phillips decided to follow her father’s footsteps and join the North Carolina Air National Guard. While working at Duke Energy, it was apparent changes may be coming and Philips wanted to be prepared for any inevitability.

“I just retired from Duke Energy a few years ago, but I worked on the maintenance side there as well, so it’s a similar field, but still different enough so that when I come here, I have some evident variety,” stated Phillips. ”But there is a difference in the work; at the North Carolina Air National Guard, I get to see the progression, I see the aircraft on the ground, in the air completing a mission, then coming home. When I see that I am filled with satisfaction.”

This isn’t Phillip’s first ‘first’, as she was also the first female crew chief in the North Carolina Air National Guard and the first female in the Maintenance Operations Flight.

“It was challenging; I was balancing being a single-mom with my career and breaking barriers. There is a learning curve with traditionalists versus active duty individuals because we’re only out here a short period. I wondered if we’d have the same clout as the active duty folks,” said Phillips.

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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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Get 20% off a Treetop Adventure GoApe, courtesy of the NCNG! NCNG 

TREETOP ADVENTURE – Way more than just zip lines, Go Ape Treetop Adventure is a 2-3 hour exhilarating journey through the forest canopy. Experience unique suspended obstacles, Tarzan swings and breathtaking zip lines that will keep you flying through the trees – all with an incredible view. Supervision and other restrictions apply.

TREETOP JUNIOR (SELECT LOCATIONS) – Perfect for new adventurers of all ages, Go Ape Treetop Junior offers a 1-hour exhilarating outdoor adventure experience. Tackle elevated multi-action obstacles in the trees and close it out with an epic zip line. Supervision and other restrictions apply. Check out our website for locations with Treetop Juniors. LEARN MORE AT GOAPE.COM

Visit GOAPE.COM for the most up-to-date information on locations, pricing, height, weight, age and supervision requirements.

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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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October 18th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1943 Okehampton, England – Under General Order 27, the 29th Infantry (DC, MD, VA) disbanded the 29th Ranger Battalion (Provisional). Organized in December 1942 from volunteers drawn from the 29th Division, the 500-man group undertook specialized training conducted by the famed British Commandos. The soldiers learned how to penetrate deep behind enemy lines, staging raids, and gathering intelligence. When the battalion was organized, its plan by the Army was to disband the unit so its men could return to their former companies and teach these advanced skills to other members of the 29th Division. Some veterans of D-Day and the Normandy campaign of 1944 credit these additional skills to saving their own respective lives.

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