September 19th, 2019
IN THIS EDITION:
New NGAUS Rates! NCNGA
Take a look at our new website! NCNGA
Do you have an event at your unit or with your Family Support Group and need some help raising funds? NCNGA
Tarheel Retiree Homecoming 2019 NCNGA
Still time to register for the 4th Annual Sustainment Ball on the 5th of October in Greensboro NCNGA
North Carolina National Guard mission continues US Army
30th Armored Brigade Combat Team tankers enjoy tough training and teamwork DVIDS
Joint school enhances rescue capabilities for emergency response US Army
Hindsight is 20/20 Career Pathways Institute
September 19th — Today in Guard History National Guard
New NGAUS Rates! NCNGA
At the NGAUS Conference in Denver, there was a majority vote that our dues structure would be reduced from 15 different price points to three. This rate change will be going into effect on October 1, 2019 for the 2020 membership year.
- Company Grade – $40
- Field Grade – $80
- Flag Grade – $130
You can renew or join for the year 2020 here.
We are excited about our new interactive website. You can now create a user profile that will give you access to view your State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) benefits, NGAUS and EANGUS membership, current and past copies of the Tarheel Guardsman, benefit codes and more information to come.
Do you have an event at your unit or with your Family Support Group and need some help raising funds? Let your Associations’ Tarheel Minuteman Foundation, a 501 (C)(3), assist with you efforts. Contact the Association at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
CLINTON, N.C. – A North Carolina National Guard High-Water Vehicle team from 105th Engineer Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company rescued a family of four from their flooded home prior to Hurricane Dorian’s arrival on Thursday, September 5.
The 105th Engineer Battalion, based in Raeford, North Carolina put Soldiers on State Active Duty orders Monday, September 2 to carry out rescue and relief operations alongside state and local first responders.
Before Hurricane Dorian’s arrival, the battalion spent 24 hours in Elizabethtown, Tuesday and moved to Sampson County and Clinton prior to Thursday morning’s rescue.
Sampson County Emergency Operations Center requested aid for an MTV (medium tactical vehicle or high-water vehicle) team to work with firefighters and save the family, said Sgt. Wesley Brantley, a Combat Medic with the 105th.
“For a family who lived on a back road that has a pond near it, they had water in their backyard and it already had come up to the first step of their house”, Brantley said.
Brantley described the family’s house as a mobile home along an unimproved road.
The family consists of a pre-teen boy, a pregnant woman, and an elderly man and woman.
Brantley’s crew safely evacuated the family to a shelter at Clayton High School in Clayton, N.C.
It’s been said, “choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” There are variations of this quote, but the meaning behind it is clear, a good job is hard to beat.
This sentiment resonated with U.S. Soldiers from Delta Troop, 1-150th Cavalry Regiment, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, during their M1A1 Abrams Main Battle tank training in the vicinity of Fort Bliss, Texas, Sept. 16, 2019.
“It’s a tight group and a great unit,” said U.S. Army First Sgt. Raul Delacerda, First Sgt. of Delta Troop, 1-150th Cavalry Regiment, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team. “In my experience, there’s always comradery in a tank unit.”
The National Guard unit, headquartered in Sanford, North Carolina, was conducting Armament Accuracy Checks (AACs) and bore sight procedures with their M1 Abrams tanks. This training is part of the Live Fire Accuracy Screening Test (L-FAST) prior to their Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFX).
“Unit morale has been outstanding,” said Delacerda. “Our priorities have been focused on safety, ensuring all fire commands are set, and taking commands from the tower.”
According to U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Chris Brophy, master gunner in Delta Troop, 1-150th Cavalry Regiment, the range facilities around Fort Bliss, Texas have been challenging and realistic. He added that the crews have enjoyed the rigorous and tough training that goes with being a tanker.
“The ranges have been fantastic and the crews love that sense of accomplishment, seeing the results of their hard work,” said Brophy. “They have cultivated a great attitude of team work and the culture in our unit is one of the best I’ve seen.”
In agreement with Brophy was U.S. Army Sgt. Jared Gowens, a tank commander in Delta Troop, who moved to the North Carolina Army National Guard to become a 19K Military Occupational Skill (MOS) Armor Crewmember.
As September marks the halfway point through the 2019 hurricane season, a unique team of civilian firefighters and Army National Guard helicopter crews, known as Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams (HART) work together to hone their skills at a school called HART Academy.
Not being a new concept, HART is a state-developed emergency response asset, which deploys to fly in the harshest environments and brings first responders to rescue citizens in need.
“We combine the [special operations] of firefighters with the best of Army aviation,” said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Sean Reynolds, South Carolina National Guard helicopter pilot and program manager for the new academy. “Together, we build a capability that cannot be matched.”
Instructor teams from Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina are taking their experiences as seasoned rescue crews and starting a multi-state emergency response training, coined as HART Academy. Rescue teams from other states will learn core-level training on the fundamentals of rescue program management, risk mitigation, crew coordination, and other aspects that every HART rescue team must know. The intent is that every HART team that goes through the academy will successfully accomplish core-level day and night operational training.
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 19th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Elbberon, New Jersey – Twentieth President of the United States James A. Garfield dies after being shot by an assassin on July 2nd in Washington, DC. Serving as an Ohio state senator when the Civil War began, he resigned his seat to accept an appointment as the lieutenant colonel of the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry in August 1861. Through battlefield leadership he quickly rose in rank, becoming a major general of volunteers in 1862. He resigned his commission when he was elected to Congress in 1863. A strong supporter of “negro rights” while in Congress he was much admired in the black community. In fact, African American militia companies in at least two states, Georgia and Virginia, named themselves in his honor after his election as President in 1880.