NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for January 3, 2019

January 3, 2019


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Part-Time Help Needed NCNGA 

The NC National Guard Association is actively seeking a temporary part time office employee. This position is for 10-15 hours a week beginning mid-January. This temporary position will tentatively end March of 2019. The pay is set at $10/hr. Hours and days of work will be set upon hiring.

If interested, please email your resume to by tomorrow, January 4, 2019.

Member Showcase for NCNGA Annual Convention NCNGA

Are you or do you know a currently serving Guard Soldier or Airmen that is making a significant contribution to their community? The Association is looking for 4-7 individuals to be part of a “Member Showcase” during our Annual Convention in March. Areas of impact could be public service (such as an elected official), volunteerism, heroism, business owner/executive and government service non-elected. If you would like to nominate an individual, please contact Larry Coleman at 984-664-0308 or via email at


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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Free Tickets to the Raleigh Firebirds Basketball! NCNGA 

The North Carolina National Guard Association has two pairs of tickets for a currently serving Soldier or Airmen and their guest to attend the Raleigh Firebirds military appreciation night on the 13th of February at 7:00. The tickets are on a first-come first-serve basis. If you are interested please give us a call at 919-851-3390 or email us at

The Raleigh Firebirds will play their inaugural season in The Basketball League. The Basketball League (TBL) is a new Men’s professional basketball league dedicated to delivering a World Class Professional Basketball experience to the local community, our fans and business partners. TBL provides basketball players the opportunity to make a living playing the game they love in America with a focus on community and positively impacting lives through school visits and clinics that focus on more than just basketball. The Raleigh Firebirds consists of talented professionals that are just starting a professional career, players that have played overseas and now want to play closer to home, and former NBA players who want to continue playing basketball professionally.

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The Minuteman Muster 5K & 8K NCNGA 

The Minuteman Muster 5K & 8K is part of an open house event at the NC National Guard Military Center (near the NC Fairgrounds). The event includes includes USATF Certified 5K & 8K Races, a National Guard & Emergency Services open house, and fun activities for everyone. Presented by Take the Challenge and run BOTH the 5K & 8K races. This year teams of 4 high school runners can compete in the 5K for FREE!

Runners and spectators will enjoy an open house featuring military, emergency management, and law enforcement equipment displays, a rock climbing wall, and other fun activities.

Enjoy the premium race experience provided by Precision Race with state of the art Jaguar timing, real-time race results, and automated finish line photography. The Minuteman Muster 5K & 8K races are part of the Triangle Race Series.

This year the registration price is lower than ever, but the race shirt is available as a $15 option. It will be the same design and type running shirt, but a different color.

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North Carolina National Guard Legal Assistance Program Tax Center Opening Soon! NCNGA 

The North Carolina National Guard Legal Assistance Program is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) certified tax preparation site. They can prepare state and federal income tax returns for Soldiers, Retirees, and Family Members.

The Tax Center will open on 21 JAN 19 and close on 15 APR 19. They will start taking appointments on 7 JAN 19.

All clients must have a valid military ID and social security cards with them for every person claimed on the tax returns. There have been a lot of changes to the tax code, and they will be happy to prepare taxes both with the increased standard deduction or with itemized deductions to see which is more beneficial for each client.

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Guard members reflect on busy 2018, look ahead to 2019 US Army 

The National Guard closed out a busy year that saw Guard members deploy overseas, take part in international training exercises, and respond to emergencies and large-scale natural disasters at home.

Those natural disasters included two back-to-back hurricanes, starting with Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in mid-September along the North Carolina coast. After coming ashore, the storm moved slowly across the region causing massive flooding and isolating many communities in North and South Carolina.

“We’ve dealt with this before, but not at these record levels,” said Army Maj. Gen. Bob Livingston, adjutant general of the South Carolina National Guard. “[Florence] slowed down and picked up a tremendous amount of water.”

In southern North Carolina, flooding made many major roads leading into the town of Wilmington impassable, said Army Sgt. Michael Justo, a helicopter crew chief with the Connecticut Army National Guard, whose unit was part of the response efforts.

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Sustaining the warfighter with aerial deliveries US Army 

In combat, logistic resources are arguably the most important assets needed to sustain Soldiers. “Beans and Bullets” is a common Army phrase utilized for decades that puts a special emphasis behind the importance of logisticians and their capabilities.

Since arriving into theater Soldiers of the 824th Rigger detachment, North Carolina National Guard, and the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade have teamed up to tackle the demanding requirements of rigging equipment and air dropping resources to sustain the warfighter.

Aerial resupply operations is a valuable asset to U.S. and NATO Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. It is the most reliable means of distribution when ground transportation and alternate means have been exhausted. Aerial resupply enable warfighters in austere locations to accomplish their mission and other objectives.

“Aerial delivery is extremely vital and essential to mission success,” said Chief Warrant Officer Two Freddy Reza, an El Paso Texas native, and the senior airdrop systems technician with the 101st RSSB. “Soldiers in austere environments depend on us to get them food, water, and other resources they need to stay in the fight.”

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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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January 3rd — Today in Guard History National Guard 

1777 Princeton, NJ – Following his overwhelming victory over Hessian troops at Trenton just eight days earlier, General George Washington again outwits his British opponents by once more having his army make a long night march to approach where it is not expected. Among his troops are Pennsylvania and New Jersey militiamen, many of whom fought at Trenton. This time he catches two British regiments on a road march and severely mauls them, causing about 276 killed, wounded or captured for only 30-40 American rank and file killed or wounded. However, several militia commanders, including Colonel John Haslet of the Delaware Regiment, and Captain Daniel Neal of the West Jersey Artillery Company, were among the dead. Washington, with the victory at Trenton and having made a good showing at Princeton, moved his army into winter quarters at Morristown, NJ.

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