June 13th, 2019
IN THIS EDITION:
Registration is now open for the 141st General Conference & Exhibition NCNGA
EANGUS conducting a survey on TRICARE NCNGA
Join NGAUS and EANGUS! Your membership in our national level partner association is critical.
The Soldiers and Airmen Fund-NC announced their 8th annual “Fairway to Honor” charity golf tournament will by played at Bentwinds Golf and Country Club, Sep. 19 NCNGA
Dale Beatty 2nd Annual Memorial Run NCNGA
30th Infantry Division 73rd Annual Reunion NCNGA
Announcing Registration for the 4th Annual Sustainment Ball on the 5th of October in Greensboro NCNGA
Career Support: North Carolina National Guard and Patriots Path NCNGA
“Old Hickory” Division Commemorative Monument to be erected in France on Battle Site NCNGA
WWII vets living and dead honored in special legislative session WRAL
For D-Day Survivor, Perhaps Last Trip to Omaha Beach U.S. News
Hindsight is 20/20 Career Pathways Institute
June 13th — Today in Guard History National Guard
NGUAS 2019: Come see your state leadership as they compete with other General Officers for the longest mechanical bull ride. Join us in Denver for the 141st NGAUS Conference. This is going to be a great event that you will not want to miss.
Register today, and view the call to conference!
The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) is conducting a survey on TRICARE. This survey will allow EANGUS to work with national elected officials to solve TRICARE issues and improve TRICARE service delivery to the military. You don’t have to be a member of EANGUS to complete the short 2 minute survey. The online survey is available here.
The rate is $90.00 per person. This includes golf cart, 18 holes of golf, practice facility, range balls, beverages, lunch, magic ball putting contest, $5,000.00 individual putting contest, two mulligans and a raffle ticket for the $500.00 grand prize drawing, 3 par 3s – $5,000.00 hole-in-one on each one, longest drive and closest- to- the pin holes on all par 3’s. Cash awards for 1st and 2nd place teams.
Are you ready to run?!?! Register today for the 2nd Annual Dale Beatty Memorial 5K & Fun Run!
Not a runner? You can sign up to walk or be a phantom runner.
July 25-28th, Raleigh NC, Ramada Inn, Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.
Seats are still available for this great course, see the flyer for details and registration information
World War One Centennial Commemorative Monument to be erected in France on actual battle site, September 29, 2019. No monument to this heroic action exists.
Dedicated to the North Carolinians of the 30th “Old Hickory” Division 60th Brigade American Expeditionary Force who broke the Hindenburg Line on 29 September 1918.
RALEIGH, N.C. — After months of partisan fighting, state lawmakers came together Thursday to honor North Carolina’s World War II veterans on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The House and the Senate each held session in their old chambers in the State Capitol – the seats where lawmakers in 1944 would have heard news of the Normandy invasion – complete with presentation of the flag and singing of the national anthem by members of the North Carolina National Guard.
Both chambers adopted resolutions commemorating the 39 North Carolinians who were among the more than 4,400 Allied troops who died on the beaches of Normandy that day, and the more than 10,000 North Carolinians who died or were missing after World War II.
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said their sacrifice can never be fully repaid.
“We must never forget those who answered their country’s call in the dark days of World War II to defend freedom and to defeat tyrants,” said Berger, R-Rockingham. “The freedoms we now celebrate, the sacrifices we honor and the courageous actions we venerate form an immeasurable legacy left to us all.”
Wherever he goes, Ray Lambert wears his purple cap with the words “D-Day Survivor” embroidered in gold. And wherever he goes, he is celebrated.
The handshakes and selfie requests begin the moment he arrives at the gate at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He is on his way to Normandy to mark the moment 75 years ago when he earned the right to wear that cap, to join what will likely be the last great reunion of heroes of the liberation of Europe.
He is, at 98, a celebrity traveler.
Capt. Mark Paul asks him to come to the check-in desk, then takes the microphone in hand: “Mr. Lambert was with the 1st Infantry Division at Omaha Beach on D-Day,” he says. “We’re really honored to have him on our flight out to Paris today. So if you could give him a big hand, we’d really appreciate it.”
The crowd at the gate stands and gives Lambert a long ovation.
Crewmembers pose for a photo with him. He’s handed a miniature flag.
“God bless you,” purser Gena Poulos says, clutching his hand.
In June 1944, the Seven Lakes, North Carolina, man was a medic with 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, part of the Army’s 1st Division — the “Big Red One.” For many years, Lambert would not talk of the horrors he saw and experienced. But now he feels it is his sacred duty to share his story.
Hindsight is 20/20. North Carolina National Guard members are eligible for up to $2000 per year for tuition assistance (TA) funding in career and professional development courses. Use yours now for a successful 2020. Choose your course HERE.
This month’s featured course is EVENT PLANNER CAREER PREP. Employment of meeting, convention, and event planners is projected to grow 11 percent by 2026. In this course you will study the principles and practices of event planning, learning the aspects of initial planning, budgeting and organization.
June 6th — Today in Guard History National Guard
1966 – Oahu, Hawaii – With the onset of the Cold War and the threat of long-range Soviet nuclear bombers, the Guard wrote a new chapter in its history of homeland defense. Beginning in 1954, thousands of Army Guardsmen manned antiaircraft artillery positions across the country, adopting for the first time a federal mission while in a state status. In the late 1950s the Guard began transitioning from guns to longer-ranged and more lethal missiles. For exactly 16 years, from September 1958 to September 1974, the Army Guard manned Nike-Ajax and Nike-Hercules missile batteries in an operational status. At the height of the program in 1969, 17 states (CA, CT, HI, IL, MD, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX, VA, WA, WI) provided more than 7,000 soldiers to staff 54 missile batteries around sixteen key metropolitan areas. The Hawaii Guard’s 298th Artillery Group was the first National Guard unit to adopt the Nike-Hercules missile, becoming operational in early 1960. Hawaii was also the only state to man all of its firing batteries with Guardsmen; in the continental United States the Guard manned about a third of all Nike sites. While the rest of the Nike force conducted its annual live fire practices at the White Sands Missile Range in NM, the Hawaii Guard was unique in that it conducted its annual live-fire certifications from mobile launchers firing off the north shore of the island of Oahu. It was during such an exercise that Battery B, 1st Missile Battalion, 298th Artillery Group recorded the longest successful Nike-Hercules missile intercept of a target. The advent of the intercontinental ballistic missiles in the 1960s led to cut backs in the Nike program by the early 1970s. The entire program ended in 1974. Though no missile was ever fired in anger, the duty encompassed a 24-hour watch, 365 days a year and thousands of alerts. Guardsmen had demonstrated their ability to conduct real-world missions while in a part-time, state-controlled, status, in the process proudly adopting for themselves the title “Missile-Age Miuntemen.”