NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018


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Tarheel Retiree Homecoming NCNGA 

On behalf of the North Carolina National Guard and the North Carolina National Guard Association, we are proud to support this year’s Tarheel Retiree Homecoming. The event will be held at Joint Force Headquarters on December 13, 2018. This annual event is one of our largest events for Retirees held throughout the year. We will be hosting various vendors, a briefing from JFHQ leadership and our annual lunch. Space is limited to 350 participants and we sell out early every year. We appreciate your service and look forward to your attendance. Registration forms are available here. Or you can register online below.

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58th Annual NCNGA Convention and NCNG Combined Ball Registration NOW OPEN! NCNGA 

Our North Carolina National Guard Association and Convention Committee are proud to announce that this year’s 58th Annual Convention will be hosted at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills in Raleigh, NC between March 16-17. This year we are collaborating with the NCNG and hosting the Combined Event/Ball. We encourage you to book early to reserve your room. Again, this year we will host our Membership Session on a Saturday and Sunday timeframe to minimize conflicts with those on a typical Monday-Friday work schedule and maximize attendance. We are currently wrapping up items like our agenda, entertainment and Convention theme. Once we have these locked in, we will post it on our Facebook page, Weekly Guardsman online newsletter, and on our website. You can sign-up for these resources on our homepage. We appreciate your support and encourage you to take full advantage of our Early Bird prices.

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North Carolina National Guard Major General sends ‘Thank You’ letter to Tennessee soldiers WZTV 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–The Major General for the North Carolina National Guard has issued a ‘Thank You’ letter to members of the Tennessee National Guard for their help following Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, Adjutant General of the North Carolina National Guard, issued the letter thanking Tennessee guardsmen for assisting with “much needed helicopter aviation support.”

“The Tennessee National Guard’s professional teams of helicopter crews joined Soldiers and Airmen from across North Carolina and 13 other states, flying hundreds of hours and saving hundreds of lives, in a coordinated disaster response effort that brought comfort and aide to those affected by the storm. The helicopter teams also transported essential personnel and ensured much needed supplies were delivered throughout the impacted areas,” Lusk writes.

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Serving Others in Crisis and the Classroom NCSU 

When Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wilmington on Friday, Sept. 14, Mary-Lynn Kebker ’17MED had been back in North Carolina for only a day. The N.C. Army National Guard captain had been in Texas for required training, and she was looking forward to making her first visit to a group of beginning teachers she signed on to coach this academic year.

When she’s not activated with the guard, Kebker serves as a literacy coach for Wolfpack WORKS, a pilot initiative between the NC State College of Education and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction that helps beginning kindergarten and first-grade teachers in 15 high-need districts implement proven literacy strategies in their classrooms.

As a literacy coach, she provides blended professional development, literacy-specific coaching and literacy resources to eight beginning teachers in Northampton County.

Kebker spent seven years in the classroom before taking time off for health reasons. Being a literacy coach gives her the opportunity to interact with school-aged children while helping her colleagues grow in their teaching abilities, she said.

“When I saw Wolfpack WORKS, I knew I wanted to be back in the classroom helping other teachers with a shared goal of helping kids in the long run,” she said.

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Pentagon: 5,000 Troops Will Be Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border NPR 

The U.S. military will send approximately 5,000 support troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

The exact number could be slightly higher or lower, a Pentagon official told NPR. The official said the deployment is being done to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection.

The uniformed troops are likely to be active-duty Army personnel, with perhaps some members of the Army Reserve and Marines. There are already 2,100 National Guard members deployed to the border.

The announcement comes as a caravan of migrants is making its way from Central America to the Southwest border of the United States. CBP Assistant Commissioner of Public Affairs Andrew Meehan said in a news conference Monday afternoon that there are approximately 3,500 people in one group, which is currently at the Chiapas-Oaxaca border in southern Mexico. A second group of about 3,000 migrants is at the border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico, he said.

President Trump has been warning against these migrants for weeks. On Monday morning, he tweeted: “Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Opens Mobile Field Store at Tyndall AFB—Only Retailer Open For Miles After Michael DVIDS 

‘Exchange on Wheels,’ Seen as ‘Absolutely Priceless,’ Will Remain Indefinitely to Take Care of Service Members Reeling From Hurricane

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service opened its mobile field exchange (MFE) at Tyndall Air Force Base on Oct. 21—the only store within miles supporting hundreds of service members as they rebuild after Hurricane Michael.

“This MFE underscores the Exchange mission of going where the troops go, regardless of location or conditions,” said Army Capt. Conrad Bellard, Exchange Commercial Transportation Manager. “With the main Exchange and both Expresses closed due to damage and no stores currently open within miles of Tyndall, we can make things a little more comfortable for those working to bring life back to normal on the base.”

The MFE is an “Exchange on wheels,” a 53-foot trailer stocked with emergency supplies, toiletries, snacks and drinks. Command requested the MFE on Oct. 18. By Oct. 21, the mobile store, parked in the main Express parking lot, was fully stocked and supporting a steady stream of service members.

Service members who came through the MFE on opening day were excited to see the level of support the Exchange was providing the community.

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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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November 1st — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1924 Brainart Field, Connecticut – The 118th Observation Squadron, an element of the 43rd Division receives federal recognition on this date. Originally issued with obsolete Curtis JN-4 “Jennies” left over from World War I, the unit was later equipped with experimental Curtis OX-12’s with rotary engines and a swept-wing design. While the planes proved an unstable photo-recon platform, the technology continued to improve so by World War II many American aircraft were propelled by rotary engines. When the unit was mobilized in February 1941 for World War II it was flying North American O-47B observation aircraft. Once on active duty it flew antisubmarine patrols off the coasts of South Carolina until it deployed to India in 1943. It ended the war flying reconnaissance missions in China.

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