March 18th, 2021
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Request Your Ballot! NCNGA
Vaccines Now Available for retired service members over 60+ NCNGA
NCNG Officers – Time to Renew Your NGAUS Membership NCNGA
The March- April 2021 Convention Edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is Now Available! NCNGA
2021 NGAUS Awards Program – Call for Nominations! NGAUS
Apply for the $5,000 Scholarship NGAUS
NC Governor Meets NC Guard Soldiers Deployed to Greensboro’s large-scale COVID-19 Community Vaccination Center DVIDS
NC Guardsman uses his civilian education while supporting COVID-19 vaccine clinic DVIDS
March 18th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Voting is now open for the slate of Executive Council Candidates as well as the budget for next year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of ballot, include your full name in email and you will be sent your electronic ballot.
If you are an officer in the North Carolina National Guard it is time to renew your NGAUS membership. This is your opportunity to “pay it forward” by ensuring a strong voice in Washington that advocates for the men and women of the National Guard. Generations before you supported these initiatives. Now it is your turn to step up as a leader and actively engage in your own development and that of your subordinates through renewing your membership. You can renew with ease and security at ngaus.org/membership . You can also become a life member at the reduced rate of $800 through our office. If you would like to take advantage of the life membership with payment options complete the life membership form and return to Larry@ncnga.org.
The March- April 2021 Convention Edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is now available online at
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper toured the federally supported Greensboro Community Vaccination Center located at the Four Seasons Town Centre in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 9, 2021.
He met with several North Carolina National Guard leaders including Maj. Gen. Todd Hunt, NCNG Adjutant General, NCNG Soldiers, other military, and civilian personnel learning more about the indoor and drive-thru vaccination clinics with the capacity to provide up to 3,000 vaccinations per day.
“We are grateful to have all our partners here,” said Cooper.
North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry welcomed Cooper to the vaccination clinic set up in a large parking lot and a vacant part of a department store.
Cooper walked to each station where individuals needing an inoculation were registered, given the COVID vaccine, checked for any unexpected reaction.
There was constant activity as he was briefed by civilian and military experts on each area and what it did to make the process run quicker and provide the maximum number of shots with the minimum delay.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you, the logistics are amazing,” said Cooper.
When the Board of Commissioners in Edgecombe County wanted to know who was receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Karen Lachapelle, the Public Health Director, gave the task to one of the North Carolina National Guard Soldiers supporting her team.
Little did she know the length 2nd Lt. Zachary Kier would go to ensure the board had an accurate picture of the data for the vaccine clinics in Edgecombe County.
“Not only did he look into the system and get the data, he divided it up by zip code so we would know where we needed to target to give more vaccines,” Lachapelle said. “He also divided it up by race so we would know where we needed to go.”
Kier, who serves as a quartermaster officer with A Company, 230th Brigade Support Battalion, is currently working towards his Master’s degree in public administration with a focus on Emergency Management. He attends the online courses from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, while also activated as part of a COVID Administrative Support Team, deployed to Edgecombe County.
“I’ve been taking some data analysis classes, so I’ve been looking at a lot of the data that we’re collecting about our vaccinations and trying to get a better insight into it,” Kier said.
Like many National Guardsmen, Kier was able to take his civilian skills and apply them to his military duties, helping the board of commissioners understand how to reach the under-vaccinated communities in Edgecombe county.
“You just don’t want to reach one area of the community, you want to reach all areas of the community, and it gave us the opportunity to do some outreach and figure out why we were not reaching the minority communities,” Lachapelle said.
March 18th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Williamsburg, VA – The Virginia legislature approves the organization of the Virginia Regiment. It consist of full-time soldiers, paid by the colony to garrison frontier outposts against Indian incursions. Most of its men are enlisted from the militia of the western frontier, primarily Augusta and Frederick counties in the Shenandoah Valley. They are to be uniformed and equipped at the colony’s expense. One of the officers appointed to this force is Major (later Colonel) George Washington.
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