July 30, 2020
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WWII veterans of 30th Infantry Division honored during ceremony at NCNG’s Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh NCNGA
The 2020 NCNG Biennial Survey is now available NCNGA
Space Force Announces Significant Reorganization AF Mag
NGAUS Scholarships for Graduate Programs NGAUS
Meet the ‘Smuzzle,’ the Army’s new hybrid suppressor that reduces sound, recoil and flash Army Times
U.S. to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany but nearly half to stay in Europe Reuters
2,410 Airmen Selected to Transfer to the Space Force AF Mag
July 30th — Today in Guard History National Guard
An event 76 years in the making was celebrated at JFHQ this past Sat. July 25, 2020. The famed WWII 30th Inf. Div. finally received the Presidential Unit Citation for their heroic actions during the Battle of Mortain in France in Aug. 1944.
A parade was held outside to show appreciation and included reenactors, the Patriot Guard, and military vehicles. During the ceremony held inside, the Presidential Unit Citation streamer was officially added to the 30th Infantry Division colors, which now belong to the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team.
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The Space Force on July 24 made major organizational changes, including inactivating wings and activating new commands, while selection boards are meeting to bring in thousands of new uniformed personnel.
During a live streamed ceremony, the Space Force inactivated three space wings and eight lower echelon commands previously part of Air Force Space Command, and activated its new Space Training and Readiness Delta Provisional, two garrison commands, and eight mission deltas—the service’s term for the command level known in the Air Force as a wing.
“Today we take action, an important and significant step, towards the development of a 21st century service purpose-built to achieve speed, agility, and unity of effort,” said Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, during the ceremony. “This ceremony highlights the most significant restructure of space units since the establishment of the Air Force Space Command in 1982.”
The new Space Training and Readiness Delta Provisional is the precursor to the Space Force’s forthcoming Space Training and Readiness Command, or STARCOM, which will oversee training in the new service. STAR Delta Provisional will oversee educational, training, and operational test and evaluation units for now, according to a Space Force release. In addition to STARCOM, the Space Force will stand up Space Operations Command and Space Systems Command.
• Two (2) full-tuition scholarships
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• One scholarship is for an active NGAUS member and current Guardsman who is a commissioned or warrant officer ranked O-5 and below. The second scholarship is for a spouse of an active member ranked O-5 and below.
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Army scientists have developed a combination suppressor and muzzle brake that keeps machine guns on target and quieter on the battlefield — a boon for the tactical-level soldier’s accuracy and movement.
It’s a hybrid device that cuts half the volume at the shooter’s ear, reduces recoil by a third and drops volume down range by one quarter, said Gregory Oberlin, a small arms engineer at the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Center Army Research Lab.
The piece of gear has been coined the “smuzzle” and can trace some of its legacy to a muzzle brake design for the 155mm howitzer.
A muzzle brake helps keep down “muzzle climb” that results from a weapon firing and gas pressure forcing the muzzle upward.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Wednesday unveiled plans to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany, in fallout from President Donald Trump’s long-simmering feud with Berlin but said it will keep nearly half of those forces in Europe to address tension with Russia.
Trump announced his intention last month to cut by about a third the 36,000-strong U.S. troop contingent in Germany, faulting the close U.S. ally for failing to meet NATO’s defense spending target and accusing it of taking advantage of the United States on trade.
“We don’t want to be the suckers any more,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday about the decision. “We’re reducing the force because they’re not paying their bills; it’s very simple.”
The U.S. Space Force has selected 2,410 Airmen out of more than 8,500 Active-duty volunteers to transfer to the new service beginning Sept. 1, the service announced July 16.
The accepted volunteers are all in the space operations (13S) and space system operations (1C6) Air Force Specialty Codes, and include a mix of officer and enlisted personnel.
“This is an exciting and historic time for these space operators who will be some of the first members to join the Space Force,” Lt. Gen. David “DT” Thompson, U.S. Space Force vice commander, said in a release. “Each one of them has an important responsibility to contribute bold ideas to shape the Space Force into a 21st Century service.”
Selected members who are awaiting a pending promotion board will transfer after meeting with the board. Space operators who did not volunteer to transfer to the new service may apply to retrain into another career field, transition to the reserve component, or apply for separation or retirement if eligible, according to the release. When the transition period ends “sometime around 2022,” organic space specialties will fall under the Space Force and will no longer be available to members of the U.S. Air Force.
July 30th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Jamestown, Virginia – The first meeting of the House of Burgesses, the first representative governing body in North America. Composed of the governor and 21 other members, 17 of whom were elected by the land-owning males, this body enacted laws for the colony. Among these would be rules regulating the militia, from its arming and training to who could serve. For instance slaves and indentured servants were forbidden to bear arms but “free negroes” were expected to serve and, like their white counterparts,even furnish their own weapons.