NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019


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Career Support: North Carolina National Guard and Patriots Path NCNGA 
Educational Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications NCNGA 
Military One Source Consultants Offer Local Support NCNGA 
58th Annual NCNGA Convention and NCNG Combined Ball Registration NOW OPEN! NCNGA 
Free Tickets to the Raleigh Firebirds Basketball! NCNGA 
The Minuteman Muster 5K & 8K NCNGA 
North Carolina National Guard Legal Assistance Program Tax Center Opening Soon! NCNGA 


Career Support: North Carolina National Guard and Patriots Path NCNGA 

Are you or your spouse in transition from the military, seeking meaningful employment or thinking about a new career? The North Carolina National Guard Association (NCNGA) can help. In an effort to improve career opportunities for its members the NCNGA is looking for 8-10 Soldiers, Airmen, or Spouses to participate in a five part career support course conducted by Patriots Path. In this course you will define new career goals, map out job search strategies, identify opportunities, create personal marketing approaches and connect within the community to peers, mentors and coaches for continued networking and support. Each of the five in-classroom, interactive workshops are held in corporate boardrooms or training facilities offering students added connectivity to employers who are committed to supporting the. In addition to the five group classes, student also participate in one-on-one breakout sessions with assigned mentors and coaches to cover more personalized resume writing, mock-interviews and job shadowing.

If you are interested in participating in this program please contact Larry Coleman at or 984-664-0308. Possible Course Locations included the Triangle and Triad area and there is no cost to association members and spouses for this course.

Educational Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications NCNGA 

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.

There are two applications: Regular and Academic Excellence, which are described below. Completed applications can be mailed to the office at: NCNGA Educational Foundation/ 7410 Chapel Hill Road/ Raleigh, NC 27607. Applications must be completed in full and include the required income information, school transcripts, etc.

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Military One Source Consultants Offer Local Support NCNGA 

Need to connect with financial, health, employment or other services in your local community? Military OneSource’s state consultants bring help directly to you, offering outreach services to support members of the military community when and where they need it most. While many Military OneSource services are easily accessed with just a phone call or a click, state consultants can help if you need more in-depth information or support in your own backyard. To learn more visit Military OneSource.

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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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NCNGA New Part Time Employee NCNGA 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As of Monday the Association has a new part-time temporary employee. Dona Anderson has joined the team as a project administrator to help ramp-up for the convention. She will be in the office about 10-15 hours per week. Dona brings with her an extensive background in event planning as well as a proven history of executive administrative skills. She spent over 20 years with Capitol Broadcasting Company (WRAL) and after working directly for them she stayed on as an independent contractor to work on special events that included the Raleigh Christmas Parade.

Larry Coleman

Executive Director

North Carolina National Guard Association

7410 Chapel Hill Road

Raleigh, NC 27607


Speed-Training Refreshes North Carolina Air National Guard DVIDS 

Nearly 300 members of the North Carolina Air National Guard participate in an Ability To Survive and Operate exercise, brushing up on skills needed for field conditions, in a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft hangar held at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Jan. 10, 2019.

The Ability To Survive and Operate exercise allows members to familiarize themselves with concepts they do not use on a regular basis; from dressing field wounds to identifying explosive ordinance devices, the members successfully navigate through their speed-training.

“We put together a total of 10 stations: nine groups of 16 people, and they rotate every 15-20 minutes with security forces, emergency management, medical, and an explosive ordinance devices unit with the Army, training them today,” said Master Sgt. Noah Burgess, 145th Force Support Squadron.

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Like father like son: National Guard Soldiers serve, deploy together 

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — As a member of the U.S. Army, the wellbeing of your seniors, peers and subordinates is just as important as that of your own family. Now imagine if your family members were those people to your left and right. Command Sgt. Maj. John Cole, senior enlisted advisor, and CW2 Bradley Cole, AH-64 Apache Helicopter pilot, with 1st Battalion, 130th Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), Task Force Panther, of the North Carolina National Guard, assigned to 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“A lot of folks would think it would be awkward,” said John Cole. “I don’t think it’s awkward at all; he has his job to do and I have mine.”

In February 2018, John Cole joined 1st-130th ARB, TF Panther, as they were slated to deploy to Afghanistan and was presented the opportunity of serving alongside his son.

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Fort Bragg Soldiers participate in Carolina Hurricanes Military Appreciation Game DVIDS 

RALEIGH, N.C. – At the end of a bright, red carpet, a military working dog and a young military policeman drew the attention of hushed fans and veterans to center ice. The canine dropped the ceremonial puck and the crowd roared, while two opposing team captains faced-off at center ice.

The military policeman from Fort Bragg’s 16th Military Police Brigade shook hands with the captains before coming to the position of attention for the national anthem. And so began the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes’ 16th annual Military Appreciation Day game at PNC Arena, in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jan. 13, 2019.

The event honored service members and offered the community a chance to engage with the military and local military organizations.

“It’s hard to put into words just how much we appreciate our military and the partnership they have with our communities and our team,” said Rod Brind’Amour, the Hurricanes head coach.

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National nonprofit donates handcycles to two Fayetteville veterans Fayetteville Observer 

Two Fayetteville veterans who did not have access to adaptive equipment after transitioning out of the military are receiving custom handcycles.

Hope for the Warriors, a national nonprofit, is donating the handcycles to retired Army National Guard Sgt. Mark Green and retired Marine Corps Sgt. Luis Quinones.

The nonprofit, which was founded in 2006, assists post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming, including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services, said Robyn Womac, Run for the Warriors race director and a manager at Hope for the Warriors.

The Run for the Warriors race series is hosted across the U.S. several times a year and involves Team Hope for the Warriors. Green and Quinones are part of that team, Womac 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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January 10th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

January 9th, 1945 – Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines – Three of four Army divisions making the assault landing on the main island of the Philippines, site of the nation’s capital of Manila, are from the Guard. They are the 37th (OH), 40th (CA, NV, UT) and the 43rd (CT, ME, RI, VT) infantry divisions. Meeting little resistance on the beaches, the divisions move inland to capture strategic sites. The 40th captured Lingayen Airfield after light opposition but engaged in heavier fighting when it took Storm King Mountain. The 43rd conducted a series of attacks against a determined Japanese defenders on a number of hills on their approach to Fort Stotsenburg, near Clark Airfield north of Manila. The 37th quickly moved south of the landing beaches, capturing Clark Airfield on 26 January. Next it moved into the suburbs of Manila, engaging in house-to-house fighting as it worked into the center of the city. After thousands of enemy dead and almost as many civilians, mostly killed by rampaging Japanese troops, the city fell to the 37th (in conjunction with the 2nd Cavalry Division) on March 3rd.

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