November 29, 2018
My name is Larry Coleman and it is an honor to introduce myself to you as the new Executive Director of the North Carolina National Guard Association. After 27 years of loyal military service, I am excited about the tremendous opportunity to serve the current and former Airmen, Soldiers, and Families of the North Carolina National Guard Association.
Our Association President, Leo “Scott” Schnack’s charge to me is to be responsive to and engaged with our Officers, Committees, and Membership as we garner support for the North Carolina National Guard’s role in State and National security and as we seek to improve the quality of life for our association members.
Our Association is in great shape as we prepare for a new calendar year. And this means we have a great opportunity to leverage our diversity to maximize membership through increased participation so that everyone is included, and so that everyone has a voice in our outstanding organization. The Association is also poised to extend its influence to the national stage as we prepare to host the 143rd General Conference and Exhibition of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) in 2021. The General Conference is the annual business meeting for NGAUS. More than 2,000 Army and Air National Guard officers from all 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia will descend on the Queen City of Charlotte to network, set their legislative agenda, and hear from America’s civilian and military leaders.
I am looking forward to working alongside each of you to make a difference in the lives of our Association members. Thank you for all you do every day, and for your membership in the North Carolina National Guard Association. Feel free to send me an email or give me a call if you have any suggestions or questions.
Executive Director, North Carolina National Guard Association
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.
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.
This group takes care of citizen soldiers and their families News & Observer
In 2008, Sgt. Major Dennis Roach retired from 33 years of active duty with the N.C. National Guard.
“The very next day, I started this job, and I’ve been doing it for 10 years,” said Roach, director of the Soldiers & Airmen Assistance Fund (SAAF), which offers assistance and support to Guard families.
The program had its roots in a chaplain’s fund started in 1991 for families of soldiers deployed in the Iraqi War, Roach said. In 2004, the fund’s mission changed. It became a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping soldiers when they came home from deployment.
“We’ve learned a lot,” Roach said, “and we’ve tried to do as much as we can to help folks. We take care of the N.C. National Guard citizen soldiers.”
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — After nearly a month on the run, a man faces felony charges for allegedly breaking into the home of his childhood friend deployed in Afghanistan and stealing thousands of dollars in property.
Deputies in Halifax County received a report of the break-in on Elwyn Drive on Oct. 18. Jeff Foley says his son, CWO2 Brad Foley, flies Apache helicopters and is deployed with the North Carolina National Guard.
During a routine check of his son’s house, Foley says he noticed a trailer missing from the backyard. The discovery led to a door and window cracked open.
The inside was ransacked.
“A lot of people are shocked,” said Foley. “Nothing ever happens here. It’s just a quiet community with very good neighbors.”
N.C., local losses heavy in key battle Wilkes Journal-Patriot
World War I was war like no one had ever before imagined.
More so than the Civil War, it represented the advent of modern warfare.
Coming on the heels of the Industrial Revolution, WWI utilized mechanization and technology and mobilized more troops on the field of battle than ever seen.
Never before had casualties been so high.
In articles online, Facebook and other ways, the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee appropriately publicized North Carolina’s important role and sacrifices in the “war to end all wars.”
The committee determined that Sept. 29, 1918, was the deadliest day for North Carolinians fighting in WWI.
The committee listed at least 241 Tar Heels who died that day, mostly in the Battle of St. Quentin Canal. This pivotal engagement involved British, Australian and American forces operating as part of the British Fourth Army. The battle was part of a series of Allied assaults known as the Hundred Days Offensive, which led to the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918.
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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.
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Prices are per person, double occupancy, based on availability and subject to change without notice.
November 29th — Today in Guard History National Guard
1864 Sand Creek, Colorado – In one of the darkest episodes in Guard history, more than 200 innocent people were killed while offering almost no resistance. Following a number of raids on outlying farms by small groups of Indians, the governor of Colorado Territory organized the 3rd Colorado Volunteers under the command of Colonel John Chivington. Chivington, an avowed Indian hater who wanted to exterminate all Native peoples, had no prior military background. He marched his 700 man force to Sand Creek, about 40-miles from Fort Lyon. There he found the winter camp of about 500 peaceful Cheyenne under the leadership of Chief Black Kettle. Over the chief’s teepee flew a large US flag personally presented to Black Kettle by President Abraham Lincoln after the two concluded a treaty of peace. The president promised Black Kettle that as long as he flew this flag, no harm would come from American soldiers. However, Chivington had no such belief and attacked the camp in the early morning hours. In less than two hours, more than 200 Indians, mostly women and children, were dead with the rest driven in the snowy forest, where many more died of exposure. Chivington was later court martialed and removed from command but not further punished. Black Kettle survived the massacre only to be killed in the Washita River Massacre in Oklahoma in November 1868 by forces commanded by Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer.