NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for December 6, 2018

December 6, 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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NCNGA Educational Foundation accepting Scholarship Applications  NCNGAEF 

The NCNGA Educational Foundation has updated their scholarship forms, and is now accepting scholarship applications for 2019.

Each year, the Educational Foundation awards scholarships based on available funds. The scholarships range in value from $400 for Community College attendees, to $10,000 scholarship we award in partnership with the State Employees Credit Union. Most Community College scholarships are $400, while the typical four-year college recipient is awarded $1,000.

The Educational Foundation raises funds and accepts donations for several General Scholarships. In addition, the Educational Foundation awards a number of scholarships that honor and memorialize prior members of the National Guard and their families.

Scholarship applications are included as fillable PDF forms on their site, so apply today!

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National Guard Returns Home with Special Gift for Gastonia Mother WJZY 

Friday marked a happy homecoming for members of the North Carolina National Guard. Over 170 soldiers returned from overseas, deployed in places like Dubai, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.

While some mothers, fathers, and children strained their necks to see their solider, Betty Lyles of Gastonia was not looking for her son.

“He was there. But he wasn’t. He was there in spirit,” said Lyles.

It was Alex’s life-long dream to be in the army, according to his mother, who adopted him when he was 5-years-old. But when he was getting ready for his physical to enlist, Alex learned he had stage four pulmonary arterial hypertension.

“The doctors said the military was out. It was very rough on him. He had to be on oxygen. He had to be confined to his room.”

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NC Army National Guard troops return home to emotional reunions in Durham ABC11 

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Members of the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade of the North Carolina Army National Guard were celebrated Saturday during a welcome home ceremony.

The Millenium Hotel in Durham hosted the troops who just returned from a year-long deployment as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Middle East.

One soldier was reunited with his wife, who had given birth while he was deployed.

“Him being gone while being pregnant and having a toddler and then giving birth without him there was the hardest thing that I’ve ever done in my life,” the woman said.

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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 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.

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