August 15th, 2019
IN THIS EDITION:
Free Food and Budgeting Advice. Establishing Good Financial Habits: Family Budgeting NCNGA
Tarheel Retiree Homecoming 2019 NCNGA
Still time to register for the 4th Annual Sustainment Ball on the 5th of October in Greensboro NCNGA
Triangle to Honor Purple Heart Recipients and Gold Star Mothers with Celebratory Dinner NCNGA
NCNGA Education Foundation: $1 / Month Campaign NCNGA
National Guard soldiers get emotional goodbyes in Fayetteville before deploying to Middle East Fayetteville Observer
Governor Cooper and the N.C. National Guard Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Historic WWII National Guard Battle – The Battle of Mortain DVIDS
NCNG: 30th ABCT crossing the waters supporting partner nations DVIDS
Hindsight is 20/20 Career Pathways Institute
August 15th — Today in Guard History National Guard
The Association is excited to partner with BB&T to provide you a roadmap to establishing good financial habits. The first course will be hosted on the 10th of September in Charlotte, within a 10 minute drive of the airport area. Registration is free but required for space and food ordering purposes only. Register through the NCNGA here.
FOR: Army and Air National Guard Retirees
DATE: Friday, December 13, 2019
EVENT REGISTRATION: 0900-1000 HRS
LOCATION: Joint Force Headquarters, 1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607
$15 Registration includes Mission updates, benefits seminar, various information stations, luncheon, social time, and a celebration of the National Guard’s 383rd Birthday. For registration information click here.
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 edfoundationofncnga.org. You can also mail a check for $12 to our offices at 7410 Chapel Hill Rd/ Raleigh, NC 27607. Visit our website at www.edfoundationofncnga.org for more information.
Again, Thank you for supporting the NCNGA Educational Foundation, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.
The public is invited to honor Purple Heart recipients, Gold Star Mothers, and the families of those Killed in Action at the first ever Triangle Purple Heart Dinner.
Organized by community volunteers with support from the North Carolina Purple Heart Foundation, the event will take place on Saturday, August 17 from 5-8 p.m. at the McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.
“It is vitally important for our community to recognize and honor each of these individuals and their families,” said Michael Johnson, Chair of the Triangle Purple Heart Dinner. “Without their sacrifices, we would not enjoy the freedoms we have today.”
The event will commence with a gourmet plated meal prepared by Rave Catering followed by a presentation honoring Purple Heart recipients, Gold Star Mothers, and the families of those killed at war. The evening concludes with the “Walk of Honor” in which all Purple Heart recipients will be invited to walk under sabers raised by ROTC cadets from North Carolina State University.
“Without a doubt, the highlight of the evening will be the Walk of Honor,” added Johnson. “For many Purple Heart recipients, this may be the first time that they have ever been publicly thanked for their service.”
All Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star Mothers and two accompanying guests dine free of charge. To register, participants should contact Cara Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General admission tickets are $25/person and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com. Tickets may also be obtained by becoming a sponsor. Potential sponsors should contact Paul Klikas at email@example.com. For additional information, visit the Triangle Purple Heart Dinner’s Facebook or Event Brite pages.
“You are capable, and you’re ready,”
Nicole Groons on Friday acknowledged that she was nervous about her husband being deployed to the Middle East as part of the 1-252nd Armor Regiment National Guard unit’s mission.
As she sat in the front row of the Crown Coliseum on Friday morning, snuggling her 1-year-old child and waiting for the mobilization ceremony to begin, she said her husband was previously deployed to Kosovo.
But it’s the first time he will be out of the country on duty since they had a baby.
“It’s very nerve-wracking,” she said. “But I have a great support system. I’ll be depending on family and friends.”
Groons was among the numerous spouses of soldiers who were about to be deployed who were holding babies at the ceremony. Before speeches were made, the soldiers walked into a packed Crown Coliseum filled with families and friends. The band belted out military tunes as the crowd gave the soldiers a standing ovation.
The event is the first of four North Carolina National Guard mobilization ceremonies across the state occurring over the next few days. Later today, another approximately 600 members of the 236th Brigade Engineer Battalion out of Durham, which is also part of the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, will be having its own deployment ceremony at the Crown Coliseum.
The 1-252nd Armor Regiment’s 650 soldiers belong to the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, which consists of 4,200 National Guard soldiers from four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.
On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper presented to the North Carolina National Guard a proclamation commemorating the WWII Battle of Mortain which occurred August 7-13 1944.
On August 7, four Nazi Panzer Divisions attacked the 30th Infantry Division at Mortain and the “Heroes of Old Hickory” fought them back and the Normandy Campaign was saved.
Many believe that the Mortain victory was one of the most outstanding military achievements during the war in Europe and think it is long over due for the 30th to be awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
As each day passes, more members of “Old Hickory” pass away; Citizen-Soldiers who served proudly and with distinction during World War II.
Like all WWII era units, the 30th Infantry Division’s ranks are growing smaller and smaller. What a fitting and overdue honor it would be if the surviving members of one of America’s greatest WWII divisions get the recognition they deserve before there are no more “Old Hickory” veterans left.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The 1st battalion, 252nd Amor Regiment, and the 236th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team participate in a mobilization ceremony at the Crown Coliseum on Aug. 9, 2019.
The ceremony is in recognition of their upcoming deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
“Once again our nation needs its National Guard,” said Brig. Gen. Allen Boyette, the North Carolina assistant adjutant general of sustainment. “The 252 Armor Battalion will be supporting the U.S. Central Command and Operation Spartan Shield. Their mission is essential to support our partners in maintaining the stability in the Middle East.”
Families, friends and Soldiers filled the auditorium to witness North Carolina National Guard senior leaders and officials to include North Carolina Secretary of Public Safety Erik Hooks and Rep. Raymond Smith (district 21) to reflect on the unit’s history of past accomplishments and present future plans during their deployment.
“We are a part of a bigger team and lineage,” said Lt. Col. Shane Evans, the 1-252nd AR commander. “We have had a lot of true heroes – citizen-soldiers that have come before us. We’re getting ready to go to OSS, and you all will become that next generation of veterans, so keep that in mind as we move forward.”
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August 15th — Today in Guard History National Guard
1944 Southern France – Operation DRAGOON, the Allied invasion staged on the French Riviera was conducted by three American infantry divisions making an assault landing between Nice and Marseilles. Two of these divisions, the 36th fromTexas and 45th from Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma were Guard units largely composed of combat veterans having seen hard fighting in Italy. The troops met little resistance and quickly moved inland to secure the road between Cannes and Frejus. Over the next few weeks they would drive north and by early September link up with American forces moving out of Normandy into central and eastern France.