May 28, 2020
IN THIS EDITION:
Voting is Now Open! NCNGA
Support your NCNGA Educational Foundation! NCNGA
2021 Convention Location and Dates Selected! NCNGA
Virtual Officer Professional Development Opportunity: Capitol Summit July 19-21 NCNGA
Provide Post-Deployment Health Care to Guardsmen Responding to COVID-19 NGAUS
Mortgage confidently with Quicken Loans® NCNGA
Space Force to Governors: Tell Us Why You Deserve to Host Space Command HQ AF Mag
The May/June Edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is Now Available NCNGA
NGAUS Applauds Bill to Provide Health Coverage to Guardsmen after COVID-19 Missions NGAUS
AFBA/NGAUS Scholarship Now Accepting Applications NGAUS
EANGUS Providing Emergency Relief to Current or Former Guard Soldiers & Airmen EANGUS
COVID-19 Products Offered to National Guard Members, Retirees NCNGA
What is the US Space Force? Here’s What the Space Force is Telling Airmen About the New Service. AF Mag
May 28th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Voting is Now Open! NCNGA
The 2020-21 NCNGA electronic ballot is now available. Your ballot is individually assigned and your vote is anonymous. Voting is open from May 18, 2020 until June 5, 2020. To receive your ballot link send an email to with subject line vote and your first and last name in the body. Your name is only used to confirm your eligibility to vote and is not connected to your vote.
The Education Foundation is looking for a few good board members. They don’t have to be in the military, they just need to care about the education of the members of the North Carolina National Guard and their Families. It is a minimal commitment of 2-3 times a year at most. Since its inception they have awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships to nearly 2000 deserving National Guard Members and their families. If you or someone you know is interested please contact Sue or Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org
The individual does not have to be member of the National Guard.
The North Carolina National Guard Association’s Convention Planning Committee is excited to announce that 2021 Annual Convention is scheduled for the 12-13th of March. It is being hosted at the Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park. The weekend will afford an opportunity to enjoy yourself with friends while conducting the business of the Association. Highlights will include an Association hosted informal social events on both Friday and Saturday night. Registration and lodging details will be published in a few months.
If you would like to be a part of the committee to develop the agenda and plan the event please contact the Association @ email@example.com.
The Capitol Summit is one of two officer professional-development programs NGAUS currently offers Army and Air National Guard company-grade officers. The program brings 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. Contact the North Carolina National Guard Association at Larry@ncnga.org for submission (do not submit directly to NGAUS). Click here for details.
NGAUS strongly supports S.3713 and H.R.6967, the Support Our National Guard Act. This legislation would provide transitional healthcare benefits to National Guard servicemembers who have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic under Title 32 orders.
S.3713 is sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joni Ernst of Iowa. H.R.6967 is sponsored by Reps. Joe Cunningham of South Carolina and Steven Palazzo of Mississippi.
As of May 26, more than 45,000 members of the National Guard across all 54 states and territories have been activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While most soldiers and airmen are currently serving on federal Title 32 orders responding to a federally-declared national emergency, under current law they will not receive federal post-deployment transitional health care coverage.
The Support Our National Guard Act would require the Secretary of Defense to provide National Guard servicemembers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with six months of post-deployment health care. These transition benefits will ensure Guardsmen do not experience a lapse in healthcare coverage after their Title 32 deployment ends and would ensure treatment of medical issues arising from their service.
It is critical to provide this coverage because Guardsmen are responding on the front lines of a health emergency, often in direct contact with the COVID-19 virus when staffing testing sites, transporting testing materials, and assisting in disinfecting care facilities. National Guard servicemembers deserve full federal support during this time, including directly after their mission is complete and they are able to return to their families.
Right now, as we all think of ways to save money, Quicken Loans is with you. On top of historically low mortgage rates, as a member of the National Guard Association of North Carolina, you receive up to $1,000 in a closing cost credit and $500 cash back when you purchase or refinance your home.1 The dedicated VIP team at Quicken Loans will guide you through the mortgage process, so you can be confident that you’re making the best decision for yourself and your family. If you think that now is the right time to refinance your mortgage, our home loan experts are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Visit VIP.QuickenLoans.com/NGANorthCarolina anytime, anywhere on your mobile device or call (800) 434-9055 to get started.
The Space Force is asking local leaders across the country to nominate themselves to host the headquarters of U.S. Space Command.
With the Space Force established and headquartered in the Pentagon, the Air Force and Defense Department announced May 15—the same day it unveiled the new service’s flag in a White House ceremony—it has revised how it will establish the permanent location of U.S. Space Command.
John Henderson, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, in a letter to the nation’s governors called for “eligible communities to self-nominate to serve as the host for this critical mission.”
To qualify, communities must meet three minimum screening criteria:
- Based within the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the country
- Located within 25 miles of a current military base
- Have a livability index score of 50 points out of 100 or higher as rated by the American Association of Retired Persons Public Policy Institute.
The May/June edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is now available at www.ncnga.org, if you have built your online account you can view this and past editions under the news section.
WASHINGTON (May 13, 2020) — The voice of nearly 45,000 current and former National Guard officers is applauding a new Senate bill that would provide Guard soldiers and airmen with transitional medical coverage after they demobilize from COVID-19 missions.
Introduced today by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the Support our National Guard Act would provide Guardsmen and their families with six months of TRICARE medical coverage after they leave federal Title 32 active duty.
TRICARE is the U.S. military’s health care delivery system. It functions similar to private medical plans. Guardsmen on federal orders in increments of more than 30 days and their families currently have access to the coverage.
They and their families receive transitional medical care for six months after an overseas assignment to help cope with possible post-deployment health issues, but the law governing domestic missions has no requirement for such coverage.
“These soldiers and airmen have been on the front lines of the worst public health crisis in more than a century,” said retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, the NGAUS president. “It would be unconscionable to send them home to their families without medical coverage.
“Active-component personnel coming off the same front lines have coverage, and rightly so,” he added. “All we are asking is that we treat Guardsmen the same way.”
NGAUS Active Life Members and their dependents are eligible to apply for the AFBA (Armed Forces Benefit Association)/NGAUS scholarship, awarding two applicants, each with a $5,000 scholarship.
Now accepting applications through June 1, 2020.
Not a NGAUS Life Member? Become one today.
Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have about the NGAUS and AFBA Scholarship or NGAUS Life Membership.
The Enlisted Association of the United States (EANGUS), through its We Care Foundation will be establishing grants to provide emergency relief to current of former National Guard Soldiers or Airmen. These grants are for those experiencing financial hardship due to a loss of income or an increased financial burden due to COVID-19.
Full details can be found here.
Correction Enterprises of NC DPS is making these PPE and cleaning items available to current National Guard Servicemembers and retirees. Items must be picked up at their Yonkers road location.
Space is Vital to American Way of Life: Banking-Infrastructure-Transportation-Communication
Space Operations are Critical to 21st Century Joint & Allied All-Domain Warfare
Space is Under Threat: Adversaries are Developing Systems to Counter US Space Dominance
We Need an Independent Force to Focus on the Scope, Scale, & Complexity of the Space
Domain — Like our Sister Services that Focus on Land, Sea and Air Domains. This Requires:
Space-Focused Experts Developing Space Doctrine & Tactics
Rapid Space Weapon System Acquisitions
Intelligence, Cyber & Space-Focused Domain Planning & Operations
We Need a Space-Minded Culture…We Need You!
May 28th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Kosovo, Yugoslavia – Flying from its main installation at Trapani Air Base, Sicily, and a forward location at Taszer Air Base, Hungary, the A-10s of the 104th Expeditionary operations group (EOG) were known as the “Killer Bees.” They belonged to a composite Air National Guard unit composed of personnel and aircraft from the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, MA; the 110th Fighter Wing, Battle Creek, MI; and the 124th Fighter Wing, Boise, ID. The composite unit was organized because no single Air Guard wing possessed enough A-10s to meet the wartime requirements for Operation Allied Force, the war for Kosovo. The unit flew 439 combat sorties expending 64 AGM-65s “Maverick” air-to-surface missiles, 539 MK-82 free-fall non-guided general purpose 500-pound bombs, 49 CBU-87 “Combined Effects Munitions” and 14,300 rounds of 30mm machine gun ammunition while attacking enemy military convoys, armor, artillery, plus supply and ammunition storage sites. Its pilots also flew combat airborne forwardcontrol missions. The 104th EOG accumulated 3,300 flying hours in 45 days without losing a single pilot or aircraft. The employment of composite units was an increasingly important element of efforts by the Air Guard and the Air Force to adapt to the complexities of the post Cold War environment. Due in part to the 104th’s involvement the war ends on June 9th with the signing of Military Technical Agreement. This required the Serbs to withdraw from Kosovo, making this the first war in history won without any ground forces being committed by one of the opponents. The term “Killer Bees” came from the fact each squadron had a home station base the name of which started with a “B”.