April 9, 2020
IN THIS EDITION:
2020 Annual Convention and Combined Ball Cancellation Notice NCNGA
Message From the Educational Foundation NCNGAEF
EANGUS Award Nominations Deadline: 15 May 2020 NCNGA
Space Force Refining Doctrine, Deterrence Documents AF Magazine
NGAUS Applauds President’s Move to Provide Troops in COVID-19 Fight with Medical Coverage NCNGA
Write to Congress to Support Federal Legislation That Will Benefit The Guard. NCNGA
NGAUS Capitol Summit Nominations Due April 24th for 19-21 July event NCNGA
New NGAUS Rates! NCNGA
April 9th — Today in Guard History National Guard
If you paid with check or in the office your refund check is being mailed today. If you paid online refunds are being issued today. If you paid online and don’t receive a refund by Friday at 4:30 please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also the Executive Council made a decision to conduct the conference business of the Association by alternate means. Voting for executive council and budget & legislative agenda approval will be done electronically. We are putting the final details on the process and will send out further notification. Also the next Tarheel Guardsman will be used to share information on annual reports and other convention items.
We recently received word that the NCNG Association has decided to cancel the 2020 Convention and Combined Ball that was originally scheduled for the 27-28th of March. Originally, the Association had hoped that it would be able to reschedule the event for Fall of 2020, but were unable to do so.
In light of this, the Educational Foundation unfortunately will be cancelling most of our 2020 annual fundraising events. The safety of our generous donors and volunteers is our priority, and even though this is a painful decision, we know it is the right one.
The Annual Convention is our primary fundraising for the year, and cancelling will likely have implications on future scholarship funding. If you would like to take the opportunity to support the scholarship activities of the Educational Foundation, you may donate your golf registration or your Reverse Ticket purchase simply by contacting the Educational Foundation at email@example.com.
In the meantime, we will begin contacting our Golf Tournament sponsors and players, and those individuals who purchased tickets to our Reverse Drawing. Obviously, we will refund in full for the Golf and Reverse Drawing events as requested.
Based on the early participation, we are going to proceed with our $2000 Raffle. We will continue to sell tickets through May 10, 2020, and will hold a drawing event in late May. You can contact the office at (919) 851-3390, or simply donate through our WEB site at edfoundationofncnga.org to buy tickets! Stay tuned for more details on the actual date.
Because of your generous past support, we will still select candidates and award scholarships for the upcoming 2020-21 school season. Thank you all for what you have done and continue to do to make us successful!
Just a reminder: Please review the EANGUS Awards SOP dated 11 November 2017, and consider nominating an EANGUS member from your State or Area to be recognized for their contributions or achievements at the 2020 EANGUS National Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The SOP includes the criteria, eligibility, and details for each award. If you would like to nominate an individual please contact the North Carolina National Guard Association by the 1st of May or sooner for full instructions. You can reach them at Larry@ncnga.org or 984-664-0308
The Space Force is working on its capstone space doctrine publication as well as a new deterrence strategy to shape its way forward, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond said in an April 7 discussion with AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.
New doctrine will reflect that space is increasingly crowded and possibly dangerous, with more entities developing ways to damage and confuse U.S. satellites and ground stations. The Space Force is standing up a space doctrine center as well, to act as a hub for policy on how to act in space, likely more defensively and perhaps more aggressively when needed than in the past.
“We put together a draft that’s being coordinated as we speak,” Raymond said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to publish this in the next two or three months going forward. It will be the capstone document, if you will, and then there will be other document volumes that will fall under that.”
WASHINGTON (April 8, 2020) — Retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, the NGAUS president, issued the following statement:
“We applaud President Trump’s action last night that will provide many Guard soldiers and airmen with the medical coverage they need to fight the nation’s greatest public health crisis in more than a century.
“The executive order he signed authorizes state and territory officials for the next two weeks to mobilize Guardsmen under federal Title 32 for increments of up to 31 days. This is just enough for those mobilized to receive the military’s TRICARE medical coverage.
“President Trump had previously authorized the use of Title 32 funds for some Guardsmen mobilized by their states and territories to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“This action covers the troops’ pay, while keeping them under the command of their governor, who knows best how to employ them in this crisis. Unfortunately, that authorization alone did not provide them TRICARE medical coverage.
“To be eligible for TRICARE, they needed to be on orders of more than 30 days. Until last nights’ executive order, federal authorities were only allowing states and territories to put their Guardsmen on federal orders in increments of 30 days — or one day short of TRICARE eligibility.
“Under those orders, Guard soldiers and airmen could go to military treatment facilities if they are hurt or fear they are infected with the coronavirus, but most are not serving near such a facility. Only TRICARE enables them to go to local doctors and hospitals without using their private insurance or digging into their pockets.
“NGAUS pressed hard for the president to add at least one more day to those orders.
“The move of Guardsmen from state active duty to federal Title 32 status has been slow and uneven. But thanks to this executive order, Guardsmen who do receive Title 32 orders now know they can get the medical coverage they need.
”One added day makes a big difference.”
Write to Congress to support federal legislation that will benefit the Guard. Be on the lookout for something similar at the state level in weeks to come.
In an effort to get the word out and to enable Guard members to become more involved NGAUS developed a write to congress feature. Here individuals can click and send a full letter with a message about one or more advocacy efforts to their representative. Current advocacy efforts include: equalize hazard-duty incentive pay for Guardsmen and Reservists, restore reprogrammed National Guard funds, and TRICARE Reserve Select Expansion.
NGAUS Capitol Summit: This event that occurs three times during CY2020 and is a NGAUS professional development program for company-grade officers. The program brings Air and Army Guardsmen from each state and territory to the nation’s capital for a close look at how the government works and the role NGAUS plays in the legislative process. This should be performed in a non-duty status and funding for transportation, lodging, and meals is provided by NGAUS. North Carolina authorized one attendee per event. If you are a company grade officer and interested in attending please contact the North Carolina National Guard Association at Larry@ncnga.org or 984-664-0308.
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.
April 9th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Appomattox Court House, – Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders those men, about 25,000 in all, still in the Army of Northern Virginia to Union commander, General Ulysses S. Grant. While some fighting would continue in places such as Alabama and Texas for the next month, with Lee’s surrender, the war is effectively over. Grant, who commanded the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry at the start of the war, would become the 18th president of the United States in 1869.