NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for September 5, 2019

September 5th, 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 
Lengyel: Guard positioned to respond to Dorian US Army 
30th Armored Brigade Combat Team conducts driver training to expand flexibility US Army 
DOD Ramps Up Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts DOD 
Hindsight is 20/20 Career Pathways Institute 
September 5th — 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.

Lengyel: Guard positioned to respond to Dorian US Army 

ARLINGTON, Va. – As Hurricane Dorian makes its way along the Florida coast, the National Guard is in place to respond, said Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, during a Pentagon press conference yesterday.

“As I stand here, there are more than 5,500 National Guard members in four states, ready to provide full-spectrum recovery and support to all those impacted by Hurricane Dorian,” Lengyel said. “A preponderance [of those forces] are in Florida.”

According to Guard officials, the Florida National Guard has a little more than 4,500 Soldiers and Airmen mobilized for response efforts.

Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina National Guard are positioning Soldiers and Airmen ahead of the hurricane as it proceeds along its path, Lengyel said.

“[Guard members] will be poised to work and ready for their communities and states — from the inception of preparation, through the response, through the recovery — until the [local first] responders can handle this without any military assistance,” Lengyel said.

Part of the Guard response, he added, includes the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which allows Guard elements in states affected by a hurricane or other disaster to request Guard personnel from other states should additional assets be needed.

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30th Armored Brigade Combat Team conducts driver training to expand flexibility US Army 

FORT BLISS, Texas – Flexibility and mobility are key components to successful military operations. During deployment training to support Operation Spartan Shield, Soldiers who primarily drive the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank in the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team have been conducting driver training using the MaxxPro Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

On August 31, 2019, U.S. Soldiers, assigned to Bravo Company, 1-252 Armor Regiment, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard, held the vehicle familiarization and driver training in areas near Fort Bliss, Texas. The hot dry conditions in the region are similar to what they might experience while deployed to the Middle East.

“While we are primarily a tank unit, this training with the MRAP and JLTV will increase our flexibility and mobility on the missions we conduct,” said 1st. Lt. Steven Chelton, platoon leader, 2nd platoon, Bravo Company, 1-252 Armor Regiment, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina National Guard.

For many of the Soldiers, it was their first time driving the MRAP and JLTV, which was recently fielded as an upgrade to the Humvee.

“I had never driven this vehicle (JLTV) before and I really like it,” said U.S. Army Spc. Jamaree Torain, a tank gunner in Bravo Company, 1-252 Armor Regiment. He added it felt similar to driving a Humvee but with more power and easier handling.

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DOD Ramps Up Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts DOD 

As Hurricane Dorian sat offshore from Florida’s southeast coast, the Defense Department had already deployed some assets to the area.

Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of U.S. Northern Command, provided an update for a Pentagon news conference this afternoon via video-teleconference.

More than 5,000 National Guard troops and 2,700 active duty personnel are either deployed or are positioned to respond within 24 hours in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other partners, he said.

DOD has provided 14 incident support bases to FEMA and DOD is using 20 bases to support its own military response and support to FEMA, he said. Some of those incident support bases are at the same location, he noted, so all told, 26 bases are supporting the response. All of these bases are staging areas for personnel, supplies and equipment that can be brought quickly to bear as needed.

More than 40 helicopter crews have deployed to Fort Rucker, Alabama, the general said. A search and rescue center is set up at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, which has C-130 aircraft and helicopters standing by for possible rescue operations.

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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 Day Care Administration Career Prep. Employment of preschool and childcare center administrators is projected to grow 11 percent by 2026. In this course, you will become familiar with the development and management of a child daycare center, including child development theories, legal considerations, bookkeeping, staffing, site management, and parental involvement.

September 5th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Boise, Idaho – The Guardsmen of the 116th Engineer Battalion (Combat) are released from active duty having just returned from their eleven-month tour of service in Vietnam. This marked the sixth time in 70 years that the battalion served on active duty. In fact, the 116th was the only Guard unit, Army or Air, to serve in theater during both the Korean and Vietnam wars. When the battalion was mobilized on May 13, 1968 it numbered 804 officers and men, almost all of whom deployed to Vietnam with the unit, making it the largest group of Guardsmen serving together in-country. While the unit was stationed at several bases northwest of Saigon, it built or upgraded nearly 600 miles of road, along with constructing barracks and other buildings on American bases. Company B was assigned to Phan Thiet on the coast and while there it constructed a heavy-beam wooden bridge strong enough to hold the weight of an M-48 American tank to replace a steel structure installed by the French but destroyed by the Viet Cong during the 1968 Tet Offensive. As of 1975 when the last Americans left Vietnam the span was still standing and being used by the local populace. The tour cost the battalion six of its men killed in action. Causes of death ranged from running vehicles over landmines to being shot by snipers. Two men were awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat and at least 100 received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered from enemy actions. The 116th Engineer Battalion remains an important part of the Army National Guard today.

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