NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020


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New Executive Council Members Elected! NCNGA 
NC DMVA Veterans Treatment Court Virtual Round Table NCNGA 
North Carolina Guard conducts airborne operations USArmy 
NCNG provides food, hope to schoolkids USArmy 
Mortgage confidently with Quicken Loans® NCNGA 
June 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard 
Virtual Mini 4-H Youth Futures College Within Reach Conference NCNGA 

New Executive Council Members Elected! NCNGA 

Through on-line voting the following individuals were elected to serve on 2020-21 Executive Council: Vice President – James McKee, Active Associate – John Brady, At-Large – Marie Selzler, Junior Council – Bradley Thompson, Air Guard- Raveena Boler, 449th TAB – Bethany Barden, 60th TC – LaShonda Johnson-Joyner, 30th ABCT – Charles Britt, 130th MEB – Gregory Gebhardt, 113th SB – Daina Key, and JFHQ-NC – Linda Horton.

These individuals join the Executive Council that have one year remaining on their term. The full Executive Council is below:

President Leo Scott Schnack
Vice President James McKee
30th ABCT Charles Britt
60th Troop Command LaShonda Johnson-Joyner
130th MEB Gregory Gebhardt
449th TAB Bethany Barden
113th SUS BDE Daina Key
JFHQ-NC Linda Horton
139th Regiment (CA) Mark Almond
Air Guard Raveena Boler
Active Associate John Brady
Junior Council Bradley Thompson
At-Large Beth Austin
At-Large James Andrews
At-Large Marie Selzler

NC DMVA Veterans Treatment Court Virtual Round Table NCNGA 

You are cordially invited to attend the NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Virtual Round Table on July 9, 2020 starting at 1100hrs via the WebEx video conferencing platform. This round table will be comprised of officials from Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Health and Human Services, Veterans Treatment Court Directors and Local Re-entry Coordinators. We will also have the honor of having Representative Grier Martin of House District 34 on our panel to discuss House Bill 804.

The purpose of this round table is to show our veteran community that the DMVA and the NC court system are still actively involved in the pursuit of their well-being. We will discuss best business practices, lessons learned and the path forward while taking the necessary precautions during this Covid-19 pandemic.

The attached flyer contains the details needed to call into this virtual roundtable.

Please feel free to share this information.

North Carolina Guard conducts airborne operations USArmy 

NEW LONDON, N.C. – North Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers from three units conducted airborne operations at the Stanley County Regional Airport June 18.

The 403rd Quartermaster Rigger Support Team and B Company, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, were supported by a Black Hawk helicopter team from the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade to help the units perform static-line, airborne operations.

During a static-line jump, the Soldier’s parachute is attached to the aircraft by a length of webbing material that pulls their parachute open as they jump out of the helicopter.

The 403rd is a small team of Soldiers, including parachute riggers and jumpmasters. They are required to stay current on training to support other units in the N.C. Guard.

“As long as we are proficient, we’re able to pack and provide chutes for the airborne community,” said Sgt. Richard Barath, the training noncommissioned officer for the rigger support team. “It also allows us to maintain proficiencies in rigging supplies for possible humanitarian efforts.”

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NCNG provides food, hope to schoolkids USArmy 

RALEIGH, N.C. – As COVID-19 swept the nation, schools closed their doors to safeguard students and help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The virus caused unemployment to skyrocket, causing families to struggle more than ever to feed their children. Students in Bladen County were particularly affected by COVID-19, leaving them and their families in a dire situation.

Amy Stanley, the director of school nutrition for Bladen County schools, said 76% of students attending Elizabethtown Middle School would typically receive free or reduced meals during the school year.

“Typically students are here at school and they’re able to get those lunches … but COVID-19 has impacted our society so much,” said Jamal Dunham, the principal of Elizabethtown Middle School. “We transitioned to virtual schooling, but kids still need to eat.”

“Without those meals, they’re not going to have the nutrition that they need,” Stanley said. “When we get out of school on Friday and come back on Monday, there are many children that do not eat during that weekend, so to go three or four months without the children eating would be devastating to the families and to the children.”

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Mortgage confidently with Quicken Loans® NCNGA 

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 anytime, anywhere on your mobile device or call (800) 434-9055 to get started.

The May/June Edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is Now Available NCNGA 

The May/June edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is now available at, if you have built your online account you can view this and past editions under the news section.

June 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

June 24, 1675
Massachusetts Bay Colony – The Wampanoag Indians launch a series of surprise attacks on outlying farms on the opening day of what has come to be known as “King Philip’s War.” The conflict, which included areas of western Massachusetts, plus Rhode Island and Connecticut, lasted until Philip was killed by Indians scouting for Benjamin Church in August 1676.

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Virtual Mini 4-H Youth Futures College Within Reach Conference NCNGA 

The conference is June 22-24 beginning at 11:00 am each day. You can choose what sessions you attend. You can find a schedule of events in the attached flyer.

Schedule Overview:

June 22 – Preparing For Your Future
11:00-12:00 – What is 4-H Youth Futures? Donna Garcia
Ice Breaker Trivia– Isha Williams and Gus Robinson
12:00-1:00 – Interview Skills by Polly Matteson – Missouri Career Pathways Regional Consultant Career Advisor/Truman State

June 23 – College Student Finances
11:00-12:00 – College Student Panel on how they handle finances while in college Melissa Scheer moderator, college students
12:00-1:00 – Handling College Finances – Graham McCauley, Andrew Zumwalt, and Marco Pantoja – MU, HES Financial Planning

June 24 – Are You Ready?
11:00-12:00 – College Preparedness by Dr. Alan Byrd – Vice Provost for Enrollment Management/UMSL
12:00-1:00 – The Reality of It Is… MU Missouri College Advising Corps Panel
1:00-2:00 – College 101 by MU Admissions

If you are interested in joining, please send an email to with who in your family will be attending. They will then follow up with a link to the conference.



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