NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for August 26, 2021

August 26th, 2021


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6th Annual NCNG Guard 2 Beach This October! NCNGA 
DC National Guard trains with partners in Puerto Rico 
9-11 observance to be held on grounds of theatre RRSpin 
Registration is now open for 2021 Tarheel Retiree Homecoming NCNGA 
Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention – Register early. NCNGA 
July-August Tarheel Guardsman is now available NCNGA 
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum 
August 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

6th Annual NCNG Guard 2 Beach This October! NCNGA 

The Sixth Annual North Carolina National Guard Guard 2 Beach Ride is scheduled for October 1st – 3rd!

$60 for 1 day & $70 for 3 days. Entry fee includes all meals, rider support and shirt. Proceeds go to the NC National Guard Education Foundation.

1 or 2 day ride with 3 groups@ Raleigh to Roseboro on Day 1, Roseboro to Wilmington on Day 2, and Wilmington to Fort Fisher on Day 3. Free overnight in Guard armories. Free transportation to starting point.

DC National Guard trains with partners in Puerto Rico 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Soldiers and Airmen of the District of Columbia National Guard 33rd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team along with other CST’s from Texas, North Carolina, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia’s Fire and Emergency Management Service, trained in emergency response scenarios at Ft. Buchanan.

Training scenarios the teams participated in were for emergency response due to a chemical, biological, and radiological incident that exposed possible harmful chemicals into the air and to land and water assets in the surrounding community. In the scenarios, the CST, in conjunction with the local emergency response teams, arrived in the zone of possible contamination and began evaluation procedures, testing and securing of surrounding structures and affected areas. Additional specialized teams also responded to the scene to secure the contamination and provide additional expert emergency response support as needed.

The ability to train with federal and civil partners consistently and in different locations across the country ensures that the CST is ready for all types of emergencies, environmental conditions and geographical challenges.

“The 33rd WMD-CST is always looking for innovative training opportunities. Being able to deploy our assets to Puerto Rico and invite our partners from D.C. Fire and EMS’ Special Operations Battalion is vital for our continued collaboration. Together, we ensure that both organizations are more familiar with each other’s operating procedures.

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9-11 observance to be held on grounds of theatre RRSpin 

September 11 of this year will mark 20 years since airplanes hijacked by terrorists struck New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary the Halifax County Republican Party and the Roanoke Rapids Theatre are holding observances from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the venue’s grounds.

“The main thing is we should never forget,” said Richard Scott, chair of the county GOP. “Our local departments do so much for us all the time. Volunteers go through 36 hours of training just to volunteer. We should be recognizing them for all the hard work to protect our property. We want people to come out and shake their hands.”

The keynote speaker for the event will be Mike Causey, North Carolina’s insurance commissioner and state fire marshal.

Special guests David and Evelyn Woodson, survivors of the attack on the Pentagon, will also be recognized.

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Registration is now open for 2021 Tarheel Retiree Homecoming NCNGA 

FOR: Army and Air National Guard Retirees
DATE: Friday, December 10, 2021
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

Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention – Register early. NCNGA 

Registration for the 2022 Annual Convention is now open!




July-August Tarheel Guardsman is now available NCNGA 

The Tarheel Gaurdsman for July and August is now available.





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

August 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Paris, France – “Dammit colonel, I’m looking up at Notre Dame!” became the battle cry of an on-going feud between two former Guard units as each claim the bragging rights as to which American unit was the first to actually enter the city of Paris just as the Germans abandoned it. The statement was made by Captain William Buenzle, a New Jersey Guardsman, commanding Troop A, 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron to his commander, Colonel Cyrus Dolph III, commander of New Jersey’s 102nd Cavalry Group, the famous “Essex Troop” to which the 38th was assigned. The 38th was organized in 1942 from former Guardsmen of Iowa’s 113th Cavalry Regiment. After the 38th was assigned to the 102nd in England it gained some New Jersey Guardsmen (including Buenzle) too. The other half of the 102nd Groups’ compliment was it’s own 102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, also from New Jersey. Ever since landing on Omaha Beach on June 8th (D+2 after “D-Day”) the Group had been an important part of the scouting ‘eyes’ of the Allied advance through Normandy. On this date each squadron was scouting ahead for major components of the Allied armies. The 38th was patrolling for the 4th U.S. Infantry Division and the 102nd scouting for the French 2nd Armored Division. Both entered Paris at about the same time by two different routes. While Buenzle’s statement gives strength to the 38th’s claim, and the veterans of each claim to this day that their squadron was the ‘first,’ its safe to say that Guardsmen were indeed the “first in Paris.”

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