NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for July 25, 2019

July 25th, 2019


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NCNGA Education Foundation: $1 / Month Campaign NCNGA 
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 
College Within Reach 4-H National Mentoring Program, Mentors and Mentees Needed NCNGA 
Announcing Registration for the 4th Annual Sustainment Ball on the 5th of October in Greensboro NCNGA
Tell us what your Soldiers and Airmen are doing NCNGA 
Your 2019 Guide to Military Pay and Benefits MilitaryTimes 
Join NGAUS and EANGUS! Your membership in our national level partner association is critical.
Army National Guard soldier surprises kids at North Carolina camp in heartwarming video WBNS 
Joint Coalition Forces; Integrate, Enable and Train – Moldovan Armed Forces at NTC DVIDS 
Fort Hood Soldier’s Commitment to Mission Makes the Difference DVIDS 
Hindsight is 20/20 Career Pathways Institute 
July 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

NCNGA Educational Foundation: $1/Month Campaign NCNGA 

You are aware of the NCNGA Educational Foundation’s fundraising efforts through the years. You’ve enjoyed our Reverse Drawings, Golf tournaments, Raffle tickets, and of course the Little Red Wagon!!

Your contributions are what makes the Educational Foundation successful. The Board of Directors would like to thank all of you for your support over the years. We recently celebrated our 50th year of operations, and since we started we have paid out almost $1.5 million in scholarships to members of the NC National Guard and their families. You can help us continue for the next 50 years with just one dollar a month!

Each year it becomes more difficult to conduct large-scale events to provide the funds necessary to operate. While our Board members participate on a 100% volunteer basis, we still have certain minimal costs to operate our office and process our annual scholarship applications and to award payments. We are asking for your assistance in sustaining our Educational Foundation.

As active or retired members of the NC National Guard Air and Army, we are asking you to consider donating just $1 each month to the NCNGA Educational Foundation. There are several ways you can donate – the easiest is to simply make a monthly commitment via our WEB site at You can also mail a check for $12 to our offices at 7410 Chapel Hill Rd/ Raleigh, NC 27607. Visit our website at for more information.

Again, Thank you for supporting the NCNGA Educational Foundation, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

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 

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.

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College Within Reach 4-H National Mentoring Program, Mentors and Mentees Needed NCNGA 

The College Within Reach 4-H National Mentoring Program supports military-connected students who are ready to take control of their futures! Participants will engage in fun, hands-on activities focused on exploring a variety of college preparation and workforce topics. Matched with mentors who share common experiences and interests, participants will explore topics such as college and career readiness, college application processes, academic and career goal setting, and creating sustainable plans leading to long-term success! Plus, participants will create networks of friends with other military-connected youth throughout the state!

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Tell us what your Soldiers and Airmen are doing. NCNGA

We need your articles for our fall/winter edition of the Tarheel Guardsman magazine. Tell us about what your units are up to this summer. Please provide articles to our editor, Katie Westbrooks, at Articles need to be submitted by the 13th of September.

Your 2019 Guide to Military Pay and Benefits MilitaryTimes 

Military service members and veterans have seen major changes to their pay and benefits over the past year. A new retirement benefit, revised rules for Tricare health insurance and changes to GI Bill eligibility can have a far-reaching impact on the lives and livelihoods of military families around the world.

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Army National Guard soldier surprises kids at North Carolina camp in heartwarming video WBNS 

KING, N.C. — Thursday night at a camp in North Carolina was a night one group of kids will never forget.

Smiles filled YMCA Camp Hanes Thursday after an Army National Guard soldier surprised his son and stepdaughter.

Stephen Boissey hid inside of a box as part of a skit. He then jumped out and surprised his family in an emotional moment that took over the camp.

Even though it was hot, Boissey said it was worth the wait and aches and pains to surprise his kids.

“Just thinking I wanted to see the kids, and I was excited and my knee was starting to hurt, but it was all worth it. I knew it would be worth it,” Boissey said.

Boissey has been deployed overseas for nearly a year.

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Joint Coalition Forces; Integrate, Enable and Train – Moldovan Armed Forces at NTC DVIDS 

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, the Honorable Dereck Hogan, met with over 100 Moldovan Army Reconnaissance soldiers at the (RUBA) Rotational Unit Bivouac Area, during National Training Center rotation 19-09, at Fort Irwin, California. July 16, 2019.

For over three weeks in the sweltering Mojave Desert heat, the Moldovan scout unit trained side-by-side with their longtime National Guard State Partner, NC National Guard’s 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, as well as with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

Hogan was accompanied by the Moldovan Minister of Defense, Pavel Voicu, and Moldovan Army Col. Mariana Grama, head of the Moldovan Military Relations Department of the Strategic Planning Directorate.

“This is an exciting time for me, because this is a visit of many firsts,” said Hogan. “This is the first time I have seen the Moldovan army out of their own country, this is the first time I have been able to observe Moldovan and American military specifically the North Carolina National Guard, and this is the first time the Minister of Defense has come to the United States.”

Hogan continued, “For me to be able to come with him is a powerful symbol of the relationship that the United States and Moldova have and the potential that the North Carolina National Guard gives to Moldova.”

Hogan and Voicu took the time to personally speak to soldiers and thank and congratulate the entire company for how well they integrated with soldiers of the 30th Armored Brigade.

Moldova has been a State Partner with the NC National Guard since 1996. The Department of Defense’s National Guard State Partnership Program (SPP) was formed in 1993 to create military and civil sector bonds between former Soviet Union countries while conducting military-to-military and civilian-to-military activities to maintain international defensive security and to increase peace and stability across Europe.

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Fort Hood Soldier’s Commitment to Mission Makes the Difference DVIDS 

Ft. Hood, Texas – It was nearly 100 degrees outside the training areas at Ft. Hood on the afternoon of July 20, 2019. With large dust clouds announcing their arrival, trucks roll in, carrying that most necessary ingredient to sustain all life: water. With that water, they also bring ice. As they come to a halt, Soldiers connect hoses from the trucks to the portable water tanks and begin to channel it in.

Connecting one of those hoses was Sgt. Sherman Gibson, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and a motor transport operator with the 62nd FSC (Forward Support Company), 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade. As one of his Soldiers watched on, Gibson made sure that the connections were tight and turned on the equipment to fill the tank. In doing the job himself, he demonstrated to the Soldiers in his charge that he is both willing and able to get his hands dirty. And all this for a purpose: to make sure his own command and units of the Army National Guard’s 420th Engineer Brigade are supplied and ready to go in the lead up to their culminating river crossing exercise in the days to come. Long hours will entail to get the job done, but Gibson has never fallen short.

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Hindsight is 20/20 Career Pathways Institute 

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 Medical Billing Career Prep. Employment of medical billing specialists is one of the fastest growing professions in the allied health field, projected to grow by 13 percent by 2026. In this program, you will gain hands-on, practical experience working with the main coding manuals in the field.

July 11th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Lundy’s Lane, Ontario, Canada – An American army under the command of Major General Jacob Brown, having won a victory at Chippewa on July 5th, was now compelled by an advancing British army, to retreat toward Fort Erie, on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Brown decided to offer battle at Lundy’s Lane due to good places to position his brigades and artillery. After several hours of fighting, the costliest of any in the War of 1812 (excluding the Battle of New Orleans which was actually fought after the peace treaty was signed but before word of it arrived in America) the U.S. forces withdrew to Fort Erie and later back across the river into New York. While most of the American units were Regular Army regiments, this army did contain a brigade consisting of the 5th Pennsylvania Regiment and a mixed force of New York militia along with some New York volunteer dragoons (totaling about 600 men) under the command of Brigadier General Peter Porter of New York. British losses totaled 49 officers and 827 enlisted men either killed, wounded, captured or missing; while American losses were 70 officers and 789 enlisted men. Though the militia did not play an important role during the battle, being part of the reserve, its mere presence was significant never-the-less. During this war, it was very uncommon to find militia units crossing from the U.S. into enemy territory. Under existing laws they could not be compelled to do so. In fact, there were instances where the militia of one state refused to cross a state line to serve in defending their neighbors. These actions would be found to various degrees until passage of the 1903 Militia Act bring the militia (now National Guard) under federal control in time of war.

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