NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for April 8, 2021

April 8th, 2021


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NCNG Officers – Time to Renew Your NGAUS Membership NCNGA 
Veteran and Service Member Resource Fair – Drive-Thru Event NCNGA 
2021 NGAUS Awards Program – Call for Nominations! NGAUS
Apply for the $5,000 Scholarship NGAUS
Six military jets from North Carolina in Idaho for training this month KTVB
Army’s 18th Airborne Corps Turns to ‘Dragon’s Lair’ for Ideas to Address Suicide
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum 
April 8th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

NCNG Officers – Time to Renew Your NGAUS Membership NCNGA 

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 . 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

Veteran and Service Member Resource Fair – Drive-Thru Event NCNGA 

Greater Triangle VMFA ( Veteran-Military-Family-Alliance) will be hosting a veteran & service member resource fair on April 10 at Cree/Wolfspeed 4600 Silicon Drive, Durham, NC 27703

If you are a Veteran or Service Member register here

This will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Currently, 15 resource organizations will be present to answer questions, make referrals, and you don’t even have to leave your vehicle.

There will also be food items available from a couple of distributors.

Please fill out the registration form from the link previously mentioned.

2021 NGAUS Awards Program – Call for Nominations! NGAUS

The NGAUS Awards Program recognizes outstanding National Guard men and women, as well as individuals and organizations outside of the Guard, who have made significant efforts to help advance NGAUS and its mission.

You play an important role in helping us identify and honor deserving people through our nomination process.

The NGAUS Awards Program information packet, which includes purpose and procedures, award criteria and nomination form, can be found by clicking here.

NGAUS Individual Awards

Harry S. Truman Award
Montgomery Medal
Charles Dick Medal of Merit
Patrick Henry Award
Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Award
Valley Forge Cross for Heroism
Garde Nationale Trophy
Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award for Company Grade Officers
Eagle Rising Award for Warrant Officers

Learn More

The deadline for the receipt of nominations for NGAUS Individual Awards is May 15, 2021. Nominations should be addressed to:

NGAUS Awards Program
ATTN: Richard Arnold
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

The NGAUS point of contact for individual awards is Rich Arnold at 202-454-5301 or

Apply for the $5,000 Scholarship NCNGA

AFBA/NGAUS Scholarship

Now accepting applications

NGAUS Active Life Members and their dependents are eligible to apply for the AFBA (Armed Forces Benefit Association)/NGAUS scholarship, awarding two applicants, each with a $5,000 scholarship.

Now accepting applications through June 1, 2021.

Apply Now

Not a NGAUS Active Life Member? Become one today.

Please feel free to contact with any questions you may have about the NGAUS and AFBA Scholarship or NGAUS Life Membership.

Six military jets from North Carolina in Idaho for training this month KTVB

The skies over southern Idaho are going to get much louder over the next three weeks.

The Idaho National Guard is hosting six AV-8B Harrier aircraft from the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. They will be in Idaho through April 28.

The jets will be trainings with A-10s from the Idaho Air National Guard’s 190th Fighter Squadron. Operations will involve both day and night training. The majority of the training flights will occur during daylight hours. Night flying will occur April 19-22.

The training activities will be in air space and training ranges typically used by the Idaho Air National Guard in southern Idaho and northern Nevada.

“Training with other units that operate different fighter aircraft is a critical component to maintaining combat readiness,” said Col. Shannon Smith, commander of the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th Fighter Wing. “This is how we operate in the combat environment so it’s imperative our pilots have the opportunity to train with other services, who operate and maintain dissimilar aircraft.”

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Army’s 18th Airborne Corps Turns to ‘Dragon’s Lair’ for Ideas to Address Suicide

The Army’s 18th Airborne Corps wants to hear soldiers’ ideas for decreasing military suicide, using a format previously employed to address issues such as sexual assault in the ranks and range management.

Five soldiers will be chosen May 6 to present their ideas to military leaders and subject matter experts at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as part of the unit’s “Dragon’s Lair” program — a pitch-fest based on the format of ABC’s “Shark Tank” show.

The troops have until midnight May 1 to submit their ideas.

“For us, this is about using our most-recognized program to save our teammates,” said Col. Joe Buccino, XVIII Airborne Corps innovation officer. “This is about using the Dragon’s Lair platform to raise awareness and give our soldiers a voice.”

According to preliminary data published by the Defense Department, suicides increased by 8% in 2020 among active-duty personnel, and by 25% and 31% for the Reserve and National Guard components, respectively.

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This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum 

If you know of anything significant to the NCNG that occurred on any of these dates, and would like it added to our records, please email 1LT Dearie at

April 1st — Today in Guard History National Guard 

North of Yonchon, South Korea – Divisional artillery of the 45th Infantry Division fire support missions helping the men of the “Thunderbird Division” to repel human wave attacks launched by Communists Chinese troops. This division, composed entirely of Guard units from Oklahoma, along with the 40th Infantry Division from California and Nevada are the only two Guard divisions to serve in Korea during the war. After stateside and continued advanced training in Japan each deployed forward elements to Korea in December 1951 and January 1952 (respectively). Both were completely engaged in combat operations by the end of January.

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