NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for September 2, 2021

September 2nd, 2021


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Military Pension Tax Exemption – New Call to Action! NCNGA 
Monthly Update from Defense Alliance of North Carolina NCNGA 
NCNG Family Programs Update & Information NCNGA 
6th Annual NCNG Guard 2 Beach This October! NCNGA 
Wanted: Innovative ideas for Spark Tank 2022 USAF 
Registration is now open for 2021 Tarheel Retiree Homecoming NCNGA 
Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention – Register early. NCNGA 
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum 
September 2nd — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Military Pension Tax Exemption – New Call to Action! NCNGA 

Once again we need your help to call/write/email both your NC Senator and Representative. The effort to end state taxation on military pension cleared the House by a 100-5 vote and is currently contained in the Senate’s proposed budget. The House and the Senate are currently in closed conference on the budget and if it remains in the budget will to Governor Cooper for signature with the remainder of the budget.

While this is great news there is a possibility it might NOT REMAIN in the budget and your Association needs your help. A lobbying group focused solely retirement tax exemption for state employees is undertaking an effort to include ALL state government retirees in the same group as the military. As you can imagine this would greatly increase the price tag of the budget and there are a number of bills that proposed this already and none of them made it out of committee.

A possible outcome is that the elected officials hear from a number of state employees and a decision is made to take NO ACTION. This is exactly what happened in past efforts. This is why your Senator and Representative need to hear from you.

You can find them at and you can use the draft letter as an actual letter, email, or script for phone call.

Dear Senator or Representative _______________,

I am a member/retiree of the North Carolina National Guard. I am also a constituent of your district.
I am writing today to ask for your support to Eliminate Income Tax for Military Retirees contained in the current Senate budget. As you know, this Bill, if passed, would permit more recent Military Retirees to deduct their Military Retired Pay from NC Income Tax. Passage of this legislation would encourage retiring Service Members to stay in, or relocate to, North Carolina, where their contributions to the state economy would be far greater than the revenue lost from this deduction. The North Carolina National Guard Association and other Veterans organizations have been supporting legislation of this type for many years and are encouraged by the broad support for HB 83, that contained the same language that is contained in the current Senate budget proposal.
HB 83 passed in the House by a vote of 100 – 5, which shows that military tax exemption has strong support in the General Assembly. As you know, there are a number of groups, specifically the 4th Branch, that is advocating for tax free retirement for all NC public service heroes along with the military tax exemption effort. While I am not speaking out against this effort I am asking you to stay the course on the current legislative path and not allow the military tax exemption effort to end because of the state retiree effort.
While these state employees do play a critical role in supporting and protecting North Carolina Citizens the U.S. military is clearly in a class of its own in its role to our Nation and State. This is evident by recent events within and outside of our state. Furthermore, the legislature has a number of tools available to them to influence the state retiree program. For our military members there is no such tools available.
Passage of military pension tax exemption would be an excellent step toward making NC a more military friendly state. Thank you for your consideration of this request and for your continuing support of NC military personnel, veterans and their families.


NCNG Family Programs Update & Information NCNGA 

The Mission of the ARNG Family Program is to empower Soldiers and Families to become resilent and sustainable as well as ensure all Soldiers and Families are entitled, informed, educated, assisted, and made ready for the unique demands of military life before, during, and after deployment.

Please take a look at the below Family Programs Updated Quick Reference Guide and Map.

Please visit our Facebook page for all current and upcoming events as well as submit any feedback to help make our program better!


Monthly Update from Defense Alliance of North Carolina NCNGA 

The Defense Alliance of North Carolina is a private, nonprofit, organization focused on strengthening North Carolina’s defense sector and those who support it.

The Alliance combines the powerful leadership of distinguished military officers and industry executives, a large and active membership base, and an impressive set of standing forums and events to support North Carolina’s government, military, business, and academic communities.

Join or sign up for their newsletter here.

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.

Wanted: Innovative ideas for Spark Tank 2022 USAF 

Spark Tank 2022, a Department of the Air Force annual competition in which Airmen and Guardians pitch innovative solutions to operational problems, will accept submissions in early August 2021.

Spark Tank is co-sponsored by the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for Management (SAF/MG) and AFWERX. “Spark Tank is a crucial part of the Air Force’s relentless search for innovative technology,” said Col. Nathan Diller, AFWERX director. “The operational skills and knowledge our Airmen and Guardians possess give them the expertise not only to identify problems unique to their jobs, but also solutions.”

This is the fifth year of the Spark Tank competition. Spark Tank 2021 drew more than 300 submissions with five finalists. Master Sgt. Justin Bauer from the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, was awarded the Spark Tank trophy for his idea, “Innovative Approach to C-130 Wheel Repair.” Previous winners and finalists have offered improvements from smart weapons loading checklists to robotic process automation for personnel records and everything in-between.

As a bonus, SAF/MG and AFWERX are introducing Spark Tank innovation awards to recognize innovative solutions proposed and developed by Airmen and Guardians across the enterprise. The awards are designed to encourage innovation development, talent retention, and speed up adopting emerging, game-changing technologies that impact the Air and Space Force.

“Spark Tank offers a great opportunity to highlight the innovative spirit of our Airmen and Guardians,” said William Gautier, Spark Tank director. “These risk-takers, idea makers, and entrepreneurs reject the status quo, instead they seek inventive answers that improve how our jobs are done.”

To enable participation, interested members will submit ideas through the recently launched Guardian and Airmen Innovation Network portal. GAIN allows personnel to share ideas, critique submissions, and vote on the most promising solutions.

Innovation submissions are due via GAIN no later than close of business, Oct. 1, 2021. Finalists will be announced in January 2022. The pitch-finals competition will take place on March 4, 2022, at the Air Force Association’s Aerospace Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

More information will be forthcoming at Ideas can be submitted to the Spark Tank competition at

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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!




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

September 2nd — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Tokyo Bay, Japan – Representatives of the Japanese Government surrender to the Allies as World War II ends. Among the occupation forces quickly moving to Japan will be six National Guard divisions. One other, the 40th Infantry Division (CA, NV) will move to occupy Korea, replacing Japanese authorities who have controlled the peninsula since 1904. When the 40th sails home in 1946 little does its men know that the division will return to fight here in 1952-1953 during the Korean War.

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