NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020


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Tarheel Homecoming Virtual Edition- December 11th 2020 NCNGA 
WCFA-COVID Emergency Relief Funds Grant — PHASE 2 EANGUS 
Make your plans now to join EANGUS in the Land of Enchantment! NCNGA 
North Carolina Guard continues COVID-19 response efforts 
Big Rock Stadium used for National Guard training WCTI12 
November 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Tarheel Homecoming Virtual Edition- December 11th 2020 NCNGA 

The North Carolina National Guard Association would like to extend an invitation for you to attend the Virtual Tarheel Homecoming. Speakers included the Adjutant General, Senior Enlisted Leaders, as well as others that will provide a NCNG operational update as well as other important information.

This will be a live event with the virtual details coming soon. Also you may submit questions before the event that will be answered during the event. All questions will need to be submitted by the 7th of December. Also if there is a specific item or topic covered please submit your request via email for consideration.

Everyone that submit a questions will be entered in a drawing for gift cards and the winners will be announced at the virtual event.

While there is no cost associated with this event you are asked to register by submitting name, rank, and current email to Questions or suggestions for presentation material can be submitted to the same email.

Once the final virtual link/format is established a follow-up email and will be sent to everyone that is registered.

If you have any questions feel free to contact or 984-664-0308.

WCFA-COVID Emergency Relief Funds Grant — PHASE 2 EANGUS 

The Foundation received more than enough applicants for the amount of funding available.

Phase 2 of the We Care for America COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant has now closed. Phase 3 is expected to become available NLT March of 2021.

Everyone who applied during Phase 2 has been notified via email.

Those applicants who qualified for the grant should begin to receive their Grant checks in the mail before the end of November.

Make your plans now to join EANGUS in the Land of Enchantment! NCNGA 

The 50th Anniversary Conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM, August 8-11, 2021. Register today at

North Carolina Guard continues COVID-19 response efforts 

For some Americans, life is slowly getting back to normal with more people returning to work and school across the country.

Despite that, many states are still responding to problems brought on by the pandemic, including an increased need for COVID-19 testing and a larger population now relying on assistance from food banks.

That is where the North Carolina National Guard steps in. In late September, more than 170 Army and Air Guardsmen were activated to support their state and ease the pressure of responding to a crisis.

One of the largest areas where guardsmen are supporting North Carolina is at food banks across the state.

Mary Maxton, the manager of volunteer engagement at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, said they have seen an increase from 600,000 people in need to 800,000 across the 34 counties they support.

The Raleigh-based food bank where Maxton works now has a team of five N.C. Guardsmen filling the gaps where their volunteer base has decreased from around 90 volunteers a day to an average of 20.

“It’s challenging to be here all day for any volunteer, and I know five days in a row is a lot, so we really appreciate the [N.C. National Guard] and all they do.” Maxton said. “It’s been a tremendous help. It’s very nice to have a consistent five people coming in every day.”

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Big Rock Stadium used for National Guard training WCTI12 

MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County — Members of the North Carolina National Guard learned how to find and dispose of dangerous chemicals during a Tuesday training.

Officials said the weapons of mass destruction HAZMAT team — made up of 22 people — took part in a training exercise at the Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City. The group conducted an anthrax exercise officials said, and they had to practice locating, isolating and removing chemicals from the stadium, including finding a bookbag.

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November 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Fort Duquesne (today Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania – English General John Forbes, leading a mixed force of British regulars and colonial militia, captures the smoldering remains of Fort Duquesne after the French and their Indian allies fled rather than defend the position. Renaming the ruins “Pittsbourgh” (after the then British Prime Minister, William Pitt) Forbes departs, accompanied by his American military advisor, Lieutenant Colonel George Washington of the Virginia Regiment, to return to Philadelphia. He leaves Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Mercer with a battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment (colonists, mostly with militia backgrounds, who volunteered to become full-time soldiers in the pay of their colony) to rebuild a new fort, to be named “Fort Pitt.” This soon became a key starting point for expeditions west into the Ohio territory and beyond. While Washington’s record in later years is well known, Mercer too played an important role in the Revolution. Born in Scotland, he came to America after taking part in the failed Scottish revolt of 1745. A doctor he first settled in Pennsylvania and commanded his local militia regiment, later assuming his position with the Pennsylvania Regiment. After the French and Indian War he moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia and set up a medical practice. He soon became a good and trusted friend of Washington. Still retaining strong anti-English feelings he quickly embraced the American cause during the Revolution. But rather than acting in his medical capacity, he accepted command of the 3rd Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army. Due to both his friendship with Washington and actual battlefield talent he was promoted to brigade command in time for the Battle of Princeton in January 1777. He was killed in this battle, but his men captured a British regiment and caused another to flee, giving Washington the victory. His death was greatly mourned by Washington and many historians have speculated on the influence he might have had on American history had he lived.

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