NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for August 29, 2019

August 29th, 2019


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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
NCNGA Education Foundation: $1 / Month Campaign NCNGA 
NCNG: Welcomes 16 New Lieutenants to its Citizen-Soldier Ranks DVIDS 
North Carolina National Guard ready to respond to hurricanes this season WXII 
Uniformed head of North Carolina National Guard to retire News&Observer 
Hindsight is 20/20 Career Pathways Institute 
August 29th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Free Food and Budgeting Advice. Establishing Good Financial Habits: Family Budgeting NCNGA 

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.

Tarheel Retiree Homecoming 2019 NCNGA 

FOR: Army and Air National Guard Retirees

DATE: Friday, December 13, 2019


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.

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.

NCNG: Welcomes 16 New Lieutenants to its Citizen-Soldier Ranks DVIDS 

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – The North Carolina National Guard 139th Regional Training Institute held a commissioning ceremony as part of their traditional and accelerated Officer Candidate School (OCS) programs at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, here, on Aug. 24, 2019.

Sixteen candidates, making up Class 61, were promoted to the rank of second lieutenant after completing an extensive officer candidate school course. Col. Miriam Hayden, director of North Carolina Army personnel and Col. Charles Morrison, North Carolina National Guard Chief of Staff were also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“There are 16 officer candidates that have just finished a part of their life that they will look back on forever,” said Col. Anita Massey, the 139th Regional Training Institute Commander. “Officer candidate school was one of the most rewarding programs I ever went through. It helped me both professionally in the military and my civilian career.”

The N.C. Guard’s OCS is designed to train, assess and evaluate potential commissioned officers in the fundamentals of leadership and basic military
skills; instill the professional and physical fitness ethic; evaluate leadership potential; and commission those who qualify as second lieutenants in the Army Total Force.

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North Carolina National Guard ready to respond to hurricanes this season WXII 

Members of the North Carolina National Guard aren’t taking any chances this hurricane season.

National Guard members trained with the state’s helicopter aquatic rescue team this week.

The groups meet about four times a year to do drills for flooding, high angle and wilderness rescues.

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Uniformed head of North Carolina National Guard to retire News&Observer 

The top military leader of the North Carolina National Guard is soon leaving the post he’s held most of this decade.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced this week that Major Gen. Greg Lusk is retiring this winter. Lusk has been a North Carolina guardsman for 40 years and was appointed the guard’s 40th adjutant general in 2010.

Lusk leads nearly 12,000 uniformed service members and 1,800 federal and state employees. The guard’s most high-profile role occurs when it responds to North Carolina natural disasters like hurricanes. Lusk said in a statement that he was also proud of guard soldiers and airmen serving on deployments around the world.

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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 Photographer Career Prep. In this course, students will find information about both conventional film photography and digital capture. Students will develop a step by step understanding of both photographing and developing with digital tools as well as conventional photography and darkroom techniques. Discussions include general photographic techniques, visual awareness, and a variety of troubleshooting issues, as well as a basic understanding of the photography business.

August 29th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Hurricane Katrina reaches landfall near the town of Buras, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana at 6:10 am Central Daylight Time. Perhaps no other hurricane in American history was tracked as intently as Katrina, which hovered over the Gulf of Mexico and aimed squarely at the city of New Orleans after earlier minimal impact in south Florida. The storm’s radius reached 30 miles in length as it gained in velocity over the warm seas of the Gulf of Mexico. The Crescent City instituted its very first mandatory evacuation order due to the Category 5 strength generated. Upon reaching Buras, Katrina minimized into a Category 3 storm; however, the damage produced due to the storm surge and failure of levees in and around New Orleans made the event the worst natural disaster in the country’s history up to this point. Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama’s governors all activated their respective National Guards before impact; during and after Katrina reached Louisiana and Mississippi, over 50,000 National Guardsmen from all 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia worked in state active duty status to aid in the rescue and recovery efforts. This operation became the largest rescue operation in United States history. Units worked throughout the region in the hope of restoring a normal semblance of life to the population for several weeks and months afterward. These states also suffered great damage of over $100 billion, and over 1,800 citizens lost their lives due to the storm among the Gulf Coast states.

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