NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for November 22, 2018

November 22, 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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Civilian bosses go on training mission to learn the rigors faced by employees serving in the National Guard ABC11 

More than 11,000 North Carolina National Guard soldiers stand ready to protect and defend our state or country whenever they’re called.

These citizen soldiers often have to take time away from their civilian jobs to train or deploy with the military, and that can be challenging for employers. In an effort to give bosses a better understanding of what their soldiers do, they were invited to tag along on an actual training mission, called Operation Boss Lift, to see them in action.

Operation Boss Lift starts at Raleigh-Durham International Airport where a group of employers from various companies in the southeast climb aboard a C-17. Their final destination is Ft. Bliss, Texas, for the Army National Guard’s Exportable Combat Training Capability Program or XCTC.

Once everyone is strapped in and all the cargo strapped down, the group takes a 1,600-mile ride to the El Paso desert. The head of the North Carolina National Guard, Major General Greg Lusk, was waiting on the ground at Ft. Bliss.

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Wounded Veteran Honored at USS North Carolina with Special Wheelchair WWAY TV 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just one week until Thanksgiving and we have a wounded hero we can all be thankful for.

Thursday, in a special ceremony at the USS North Carolina, he got a special gift.

Exactly 14 years ago, retired marine and national guardsman Ed Salau was shot and wounded in Iraq.

Now, he is getting a special gift aboard The Battleship to honor his sacrifice.

“I’m motivated by fear. I’m scared of a lot of things. I’m scared of failure,” said Salau.

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WOMEN’S SPOTLIGHT: Air traffic controller makes history in Ukraine Stanly News & Press 

For U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jacqueline Plumley, an air traffic controller assigned to the 235th Air Traffic Control Squadron, 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, the contribution she made at Clear Sky 2018 was another “first” in U.S. military history.

Her journey began earlier this year in July at Ukraine’s air traffic university in Kharkiv, Ukraine, during a planning conference for the Clear Sky 18 exercise. The conference served as an opportunity to build a relationship between Ukrainian and U.S. air traffic controllers.

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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 22nd — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1970 Hensley Field, Dallas, Texas – Second Lieutenant Constance Kries is welcomed back to her unit, the 136th Air Refueling Wing, after completing her Officer Training School (OTS) course leading to her commission. What is remarkable about this feat is that she is the first Air Guard woman to complete the course, only opened to female Guard personnel earlier this year. She not only finished the course but was the Class 70-04 Distinguished Graduate, ending the course as class leader. Women were authorized to join the Guard starting in 1956 but the only positions available to them were for existing nurses or other college-educated specialties such as in the law or administration. Military schools were not available to them until Congress changed the regulations in 1969, when military education schools such as the Air Guard’s OTS were finally opened to female candidates.

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