September 24, 2020
IN THIS EDITION:
Calling all officers Active and Retired! NCNGA
Former TAGs Now Fill Top 3 National Guard Bureau Posts NCNGA
2020 NC Women MilVets Virtual Summit: Registration is Now Open NCNGA
College Within Reach of North Carolina: Male Mentors Needed NCNGA
The International Entrepreneurs (TiE) Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) – High School Program NCNGA
NGAUS 143rd General Conference & Exhibition is coming to Charlotte NCNGA
Save the Date! Tarheel Homecoming is on the calendar for December 11th NCNGA
With election cybersecurity experts in short supply, some states call in the National Guard NBC News
September 24th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Are you a member of NGAUS, have you been a member of NGAUS, have you even heard of NGAUS? No matter how you answered it would be great if you could complete their membership survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9BKSHRD, they don’t ask for your name or email. If you are a member, tell them what they do well and what you would like to see done better. If you are not a member, let them know what they need to do for your to join.
For the first time since 1954, three former adjutants general are serving the National Guard Bureau’s top three positions.
Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson was sworn in as chief of the National Guard Bureau on Aug. 3, with Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen and Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh taking on the roles of Army and Air Guard directors, respectively, in August as well.
Registration is now open for the NC Women MilVets Virtual Summit, taking place from 9:00a – 12:00p on October 15, 2020.
Click here to register, view the agenda, and see this year’s speakers.
Are you a military-connected youth in North Carolina? 12-17 Years old? Do you want to work with a professional mentor? Want to lean about college and career opportunities? If You answered yes, this program is for you? Opportunities are also available for mentors. If you would like to learn more and enroll please visit
Are you a male and would like to mentor a young man as he considers his college education?
The College Within Reach Program at NC State is in need of 2-3 male mentors. We have two young men in high school that we are looking to pair with a mentor.
In addition, we are accepting mentee applications, so any families you may know would be great as well. You can find the information to apply at cwrnc.weebly.com.
Do you know a high school senior that is interested in learning about leadership, innovation, collaboration and more to address economic and social challenges by focusing on the rewards and challenges of becoming and entrepreneur?
The 2020-21 TYE High School Program still has 5 openings for military dependents. The program fosters the next generation of leaders by creating a new learning environment where high school ages participants can experiment, build resilience, and collaborate to create productive and successful pathways for personal and professional goals.
For additional information and to apply please visit – https://carolinas.tie.org/tye/
When you apply place military affiliation after your last name i.e. Coleman (Army National Guard)
The NGAUS 143rd General Conference & Exhibition is coming to Charlotte in 2021, There are a number of opportunities for volunteering that include our Host Couple program, these individuals serve as ambassadors and provide guest information in each hotel during the event. If you are interested in volunteering for these positions are would like to learn more about how you can be involved please send us an email at Larry@ncnga.org.
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While we don’t have the full details we have begun planning, and we are working through the impact of our current situation. We already know that no money will be collected in advance, just wanted to let you know of the date and to watch out for updates.
Warren County in North Carolina has only three full-time staff members, and none of them are computer specialists. That could matter in a year in which foreign governments are eyeing ways to disrupt the November election.
So the county’s election director, Debbie Formyduval, has welcomed cybersecurity experts from the state’s National Guard to help shore up the systems.
“I’m a small county,” Formyduval said. “And it allows me — it affords me the opportunity to feel comfortable with my IT and where I am compared to a larger county in the state.”
The National Guard is often associated with more physical tasks such as helping with disaster relief, or in recent months, responding to protests over police brutality against Black Americans. But some states across the country are increasingly calling on the guard’s cybersecurity specialists to help with the routine but vital task of providing basic cybersecurity help to election officials. The aid is especially important in rural areas or small jurisdictions that may be short-staffed — and which federal authorities say are most vulnerable to hackers.
September 24th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam – The pilots of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron(TFS) continue flying their ground support missions for Allied forces across South Vietnam. Sometimes referred to as the “fifth Air Guard squadron” the 355th, a newly organized Regular Air Force squadron created at Myrtle Beach, SC, had about 80% of its personnel drawn from the Air Guard’s 119th (NJ) and 121st (DC) tactical fighter squadrons. The Guard members of the 355th included pilots and ground support personnel. Both squadrons were mobilized in January 1968 but not deployed to Vietnam (unlike four other Air Guard squadrons sent as complete formations). Instead they were assigned to teach F-100 “Super Sabre” fighter-bomber operations to new pilots. Once in South Carolina the Air Force asked for Guard volunteers to staff the new 355th and the response was overwhelming (so many pilots wanted to go that about one third had to remain behind). When the squadron finished its training in June 1968 it was deployed to Phu Cat. There it was assigned to the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, which included 174th TFS, an Air Guard unit from Iowa. The 355th spent about ten months in-country, flying their F-100’s primarily on missions that consisted of bombing suspected enemy concentrations and supply locations. Just a month after the unit arrived, on July 20, while conducting one of these missions, a former 121st pilot from the District of Columbia, Lieutenant Colonel S.E. Flanagan, Jr., was shot down and killed. He was the highest-ranking Guardsman, Army or Air, to die in Vietnam. In April 1969 the 355th was transferred to Korea as part of the American withdrawal from Vietnam. At this point all those Guardsmen who did not volunteer to stay on active duty were returned to the United States and released from active duty in June.