October 7th, 2021
IN THIS EDITION:
Registration is now open for 2021 Tarheel Retiree Homecoming NCNGA
Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention – Register early. NCNGA
Tarheel Minuteman Foundation Raising Money To Send NC Guardsmen, Retirees, Families to College At An Affordable Price NCNGA
The 2021 Women’s MilVets Summit is taking place virtually October 21st! NCNGA
Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA
Military Pension Tax Exemption – Updated Call to Action as of September 23 NCNGA
14th Annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament NCNGA
Members of the NCNGA, what would you like to see in the future? NCNGA
NC Army National Guard Dedicates New Readiness Center DVIDS
National Guard neighbors help Louisiana rebuild after Ida Army.mil
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum
October 7th — Today in Guard History National Guard
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Combined Federal Campaign cause of the week for 9/28-10/4 is Education! The Tarheel Minuteman Foundation is raising money to help send NC Guardsmen, retirees, and their families to college at an affordable price. Help us achieve our goal by making an account at www.cfc.org and selecting the Tarheel Minuteman Foundation (code 94853) as the recipient of your donation! Every amount helps.
The 2021 Women’s MilVets Summit is taking place virtually October 21st! There will be a live webcast on Facebook by PBS NC. For more information, visit www.wmvse.org.
Tickets at Work: The benefits are endless when it comes to being a NCNGA member! Check out our Tickets-At-Work program, where members can get discounts on tickets from Busch Gardens all the way to Disney. For more information, visit https://www.ncnga.org/benefits.php#Discount
The Conferences for Senate Bill 105 – 2021 Appropriations Act is in the process of negotiating with the Governor’s Office for moving a budget forward for consideration. It is critical that Military Retirement Tax Exemption remain in the budget during this negation process. At this time our voice needs to be focused on a small group of individuals. These individuals are:
- Senator Phil Berger – Phil.Berger@ncleg.gov, Robin.Braswell@ncleg.gov, 919-733-5708
- Senator Ralph Hise – Ralph.Hise@ncleg.gov, Susan.Fanning@ncleg.gov, 919-733-3460
- Senator Brent Jackson – Brent.Jackson@ncleg.gov, William.Kirkley@ncleg.gov , 919-733-5705
While they may not be in your district the National Guard is located in all 100 counties and this legislation is a state issue, not a district issue. With this in mind you Association asks you to email, write, or call these individuals as ask them to ensure Military Pension Tax Exemption remains in the budget.
Dear Senator _______________,
I am a member/retiree of the North Carolina National Guard.
I am writing/calling 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, which 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.
Join us for the 14th Annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. See attached flier for more, information.
Your opinions drive NCNGA actions and it’s your continued support that allows us to be successful. These listed benefits are not options, rather a starting point to help you brainstorm! Send us a email at email@example.com – to let us know what you want.
Wilmington- Pleasant temperatures, bright sun and a light breeze set the stage for the dedication and official opening of the North Carolina Army National Guard’s new Wilmington Readiness Center, the headquarters for the 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment. Located on the familiar grounds of the old facility, just outside the Wilmington International Airport, the pristine 57,000 square foot two story building had waited for its ribbon cutting for just the right moment. Saturday, the timing and atmosphere could not have been better. With nearly two hundred fellow Soldiers, Fire fighters, friends, family and NC National Guard leadership past and present in attendance, the backdrop of flags, firetrucks and the occasional flight noise from the nearby airport, the mood was one part reunion, one part celebration with an undercurrent of sadness, like the missing of a best friend.
The highlight of the afternoon was the unveiling of the official sign bearing the name of a North Carolina Army National Guard fallen Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Edward C. Kramer. To properly honor Sgt. 1st Class Kramer, those who knew him best took to the podium. They led the audience through a collective reflection in the meaning, sacrifice and the kind of man that Sgt. 1st Class Kramer was.
Having served as his company Commander during the 2004 deployment to Iraq, Col. Wes Morrison, currently the commander of the 30th Armor Brigade Combat Team, said he had all the hallmarks of a great NCO, “He told you what he thought, he took care of his Soldiers and he got the job the done”.
Lt. Col. Chris Padgett was Sgt. 1st Class Kramer’s commander in 2009 and his heartfelt comments spoke to the hurt, the healing and who Sgt. 1st Class Kramer was to his Soldiers and to him. He emphasized the oft statement that we will never forget the fallen, and reminded everyone “That if we really mean never to forget, than we need to understand and remember the person. What a person did and not what happened to them.” He said Kramer was “Always was willing to do more than his share.”
Every military service member understands sacrifice and selfless service are part of the big picture before taking an oath to defend the United States. After Hurricane Ida ripped through Louisiana Aug. 29, service members across the country packed their bags and laced up their boots to help Louisiana pick up the pieces the devastating storm left behind.
“I was actually sitting in my patrol car for the Columbia, South Carolina Police Department when I got the call to go to Louisiana. I was kind of expecting it. It was just a matter of when and where,” said 2nd Lt. Austin Riels, a Mississippi National Guardsman assigned to the 113th Military Police Company, 112th Military Police Battalion.
Riels is one of approximately 3,500 National Guardsmen from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas who answered Louisiana’s call for assistance in the aftermath of another devastating hurricane strike. Additionally, more than 400 active-duty forces helped with the massive response.
The National Guard units came together as a result of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. EMAC is an interstate mutual aid agreement that acts as a complement to the national disaster response system to provide timely and cost-effective assistance to impacted areas.
“We are grateful to all of the organizations that partnered with us and brought experienced teams of first responders from around the country to help us on our road to recovery after Hurricane Ida,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
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
October 7th — Today in Guard History National Guard
King’s Mountain, South Carolina – An American force composed entirely of North and South Carolina militia and “over the mountain” men annihilate an army of approximately 1,000 Loyalists (American colonists loyal to the British crown). They killed about a third during the battle and captured virtually all the rest. This was the first major setback to British hopes of gaining a quick victory in the southern states.
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