NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for November 8, 2018

November 8, 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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National Guard family vital when disaster hits Journal Gazette 

Imagine you are a National Guard service member at home with your family when the phone rings. It’s your unit commander, who tells you that you are ordered to state duty for disaster response and have 24 hours to arrive at your unit and deploy to the disaster area.

You turn on the television to see what is happening, but your state is not in crisis mode or a state of emergency. It’s blue skies and a beautiful day in your hometown and state.

You then realize you’re going to North Carolina, hundreds of miles away, where a major hurricane is about to slam into its coastline.

Why would a guardsman leave his state to conduct disaster response missions elsewhere? We are a Guard Nation, a National Guard Family, and when disaster strikes in our homeland we rapidly answer the call to duty no matter the location. The Indiana National Guard did just that for the citizens of North Carolina and their fellow guardsmen.

When a state finds itself in need of additional personnel and equipment to respond to a governor-declared state of emergency, such as during Hurricane Florence, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact serves as the mechanism to share National Guard capabilities and resources. Through the compact, on behalf of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, coordination was made with the Indiana National Guard to gain much-needed helicopter aviation support.

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City takes possession of National Guard Armory Rocky Mount Telegram 

After six decades of being home to local National Guard units, the National Guard Armory in Rocky Mount has been officially turned over to the city.

Michael Baughn, the city’s property and risk management official, received the keys to the facility at 600 Walnut St. on Oct. 24 from Lt. Col. Rodney Newton, director of the N.C. National Guard’s Facility Management Office.

For 61 years, the National Guard drilled out of the armory — it will now be used by the city for nonprofit office space and storage, Newton said.

“The North Carolina National Guard has stood ready to protect the lives and property of the citizens of North Carolina for generations and the divestiture of this armory will not end our commitment to serving the state in times of need and disaster,” Newton said. “We will maintain our presence within the region and remain postured to respond when activated.”

The city isn’t sure what will be done with the armory.

“No decision has been made at this point,” said Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city’s chief communications officer.

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Feed the Children, USO of NC team up to say thank you to coastal area military and their families USO of NC 

Jacksonville, NC. – 400 Coastal area military families will receive special boxes of food and essentials as part of a partnership between the USO of North Carolina and Feed the Children. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. EST on November 7 at the former credit union building on Birch Street aboard Camp Lejeune.

This is the eighth event that Feed the Children and the USO of North Carolina have hosted in appreciation of military families. Previous events took place in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Goldsboro among other areas in North Carolina.

The event is first come, first served and all active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their families are eligible to receive a box. Each qualifying recipient at the event will be given one 25-pound box of nonperishable food items and one box of personal-care items.

“We are so glad that we’re able to bring this event to Camp Lejeune,” said Holly Coffer, USO of North Carolina Coastal Area director. “Our military families and entire community were heavily impacted by the recent hurricanes, and we see this as a great morale boost and a wonderful way to show our appreciation for their service in partnership with Feed the Children.”

Volunteers from the USO of North Carolina will be onsite serving families and assisting with distribution at the event on November 7.

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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 8th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1942 Algeria – As part of Operation TORCH, the 168th Infantry (IA), 34th Infantry Division (IA, MN, ND, SD) makes an assault landing on the coast of this French colony but meets little resistance as it seizes both the port and the airfield. The colony is controlled by the Vichy French government, a puppet regime under the power of Adolf Hitler. While some French officers try to lead their men in resisting the American landing, most of their troops decide to join the Allies against the hated Nazis. By January 1943 the balance of the 34th has landed and is moving across North Africa but encounters fierce opposition from the vaunted German Afrika Corps in Tunisia. Once the Germans are defeated and the African campaign ends in May, the division prepares itself for its next mission, the invasion of Italy. After making another assault landing at Salerno on September 9th, it spends the rest of the war slogging its way up the Italian ‘boot,’ ending the war northwest of Milan. The 34th is credited with 535 days in contact with the enemy, one of the highest number of days in combat of any division in the Army. It had nine members awarded the Medal of Honor and suffered 14,895 total causalities (killed, wounded and missing).

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