August 12th, 2021
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Encouraging News About House Bill 83! NCNGA
Registration is now open for 2021 Tarheel Retiree Homecoming NCNGA
Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention – Register early. NCNGA
Are You Or Someone You Know Looking For A Meaningful Paid Internship? NCNGA
July-August Tarheel Guardsman is now available NCNGA
One of the Last Remaining C-141 Loadmasters Retires after 23 Years DVIDS
OCS 63 and AOC Graduation 21 August 2021 NCNGA
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum
August 12th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Encouraging news! Senate Bill 105 is the Senate version of House Bill 83. Rather than putting military pension tax exemption under legislation, the Senate included it in their budget. If this budget is approved and finalized by the House, Senate, and Governor, then NC military pension tax exemption will be a reality. This bill gets us one step closer to our goal!
FOR: Army and Air National Guard Retirees
DATE: Friday, December 10, 2021
EVENT REGISTRATION: 0900-1000 HRS
LOCATION: Joint Force Headquarters, 1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607
INCLUDES: Mission updates, benefits seminar, various information stations, luncheon, and a social time.
REGISTRATION: If paying by card, complete this form online or call the NCNGA office at 919-851-3390.
Otherwise, send the form in the attached pdf and a check for $10.00 per person payable to “NCNGA” on or before 1
December 2021 to:
ATTN: Tarheel Homecoming
7410 Chapel Hill Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607
NOTE: Seating is limited to 350; please make your reservation as soon as possible.
QUESTIONS: Contact NCNGA at 919-851-3390 or email@example.com.
Are you or someone you know a college student and looking for a meaningful paid internship? If so we are in the search for the upcoming school year. See the advertisement for details and application instructions.
In 2006, the Air Force retired the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter after four decades serving as the backbone of strategic airlift. For the majority of Airmen today, it is but a history lesson. But not for the soon-to-be retired Master Sgt. Steven Gore, one of the last active duty loadmasters to have flown on it.
Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, Gore was routinely exposed to military cargo aircraft as Charleston Air Force Base (now Joint Base Charleston) was home to a large fleet of C-141s and was the first operational C-17 base. It was during a kindergarten field trip in 1984 that he first stepped foot on a C-141. Gore stated, “I kept getting in trouble with the teachers for picking up the co-pilots microphone and trying to talk to the control tower. Little did I know 15 years later I would be talking on that microphone for a living, guess I was getting in some early practice.”
Immediately upon graduation from high school in 1997, he approached the local recruiters about becoming a jet engine mechanic but was still unsure of exactly what he wanted to do in the Air Force. His father was an Air Force veteran, and having spent 35 years as a communications and navigation systems repairman on cargo aircraft, he shared sound words of wisdom, “You want to be the guy that breaks the planes, not the one fixing them. Go be a loadmaster and see the world.”
With this invaluable insight, Gore embarked upon what would become a 23-year career as an aircraft loadmaster amassing nearly 5,000 flying hours.
Upon completion of technical training, much to the younger Gore’s surprise, he received orders to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey (now Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst AFB), flying the C-141. This was a surprise as the aircraft was slated for retirement and most new trainees received orders to the new C-17. According to Gore, “Obviously, my hopes for crewing the newest aircraft in the fleet while being stationed where I grew up were dashed that very instant and there was some disappointment. My instructors sensed this and reassured me that I would become a better loadmaster by starting my career in the C-141 and that I could easily switch over to the C-17. They were right, it made me a better aviator and allowed me to put an airlift legend in the history books.”
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Please join the North Carolina Military Academy as they celebrate the graduation and commissioning of Officer Candidate Class 63 and Accelerated Officer Class 32 on August 21, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
August 12th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Mount Hope, Rhode Island – Wampanoag chief Metacomet, known to the white settlers as”King Philip” is killed by an Indian scout working for Captain Benjamin Church, ending King Philip’s War, which raged across New England for two years. King Philip was the son of Massasoit, the chief who helped the Pilgrims survive their first years in the Plymouth colony. In the intervening 50 years, as more white settlers moved ever deeper into Indian lands conflicts erupted. In the spring of 1675 Philip commanded sudden, well coordinated attacks on several settlements. Several were destroyed including Deerfield and Northfield in Massachusetts. The local militia quickly responded by marching out to meet the enemy. However, one such force led by Captain Beers was ambushed near Deerfield and virtually wiped out. The Wampanoag’s were joined by members of the Narragansett tribe; however, some of this tribe had been converted to Christianity and refused to fight the settlers. The war, waged entirely by the militia and their Indian allies,raged across areas that are now parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. It killed about 1,000 white settlers and an estimated 3,000 native peoples. Never again would eastern New England face a serious Indian threat.The loss of life among European settlers was the highest per capita in any war fought during US history.
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