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November 11th, 2021


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The Hero’s of Old Hickory documentary is finally ready to air! NCNGA 
Battle Networks and the Future Force CSIS 
USAF Changing Enlisted Promotion Recommendations to Favor Experience and Performance AFMag 
Van Ovost Takes Charge of Transcom, Minihan Succeeds Her at AMC AFMag 
EANGUS Minuteman Update EANGUS 
Members of the NCNGA, what would you like to see in the future? NCNGA 
Registration is now open for 2021 Tarheel Retiree Homecoming NCNGA 
Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention – Register early. NCNGA 
Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA 
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum 
November 11th — Today in Guard History National Guard 
Obituary for Lt. Col. Donald “Don” Taylor Everett National Guard 

The Hero’s of Old Hickory documentary is finally ready to air! NCNGA 

The Hero’s of Old Hickory documentary is finally ready to air! It was sponsored by the Tarheel Minuteman Foundation and the North Carolina National Guard Association, thanks to donations. Be sure to check it out on these dates!

Thursday, November 11, 10:00 pm on PBSNC

Friday, November 12, 04:00 am on PBSNC

Monday, November 15, 08:00 pm on North Carolina Channel (Digital Channel)

Tuesday, November 16, 01:00 am on North Carolina Channel (Digital Channel)

Tuesday, November 16, 09:00 am on North Carolina Channel (Digital Channel)

Battle Networks and the Future Force CSIS 

This CSIS brief is the second in a series on the future of battle networks and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). This paper examines the operational advantages and adversary threats driving the requirements for greater interoperability and resilience in battle networks. It draws on lessons from previous attempts to improve battle network integration and explores how DoD can properly scope the problem it is trying to solve and organize itself to effectively and efficiently acquire the systems needed to realize its vision for JADC2. This paper recommends that DoD (1) clearly define organizational roles and responsibilities for JADC2 to include the possibility of creating a Joint Program Executive Office, a new independent agency under the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD/R&E), or a lead combatant command (COCOM) for JADC2; (2) make key top-level architecture decisions, including narrowing the scope of JADC2 to just battle networks, as soon as possible; and (3) expand its typical make/buy analysis to include options for buying services instead of products and including systems that may be commercially owned and operated.

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USAF Changing Enlisted Promotion Recommendations to Favor Experience and Performance AFMag 

The Air Force is changing its enlisted performance system to better reward experience—as long as it’s backed up by “sustained performance.”

The changes principally affect how Enlisted Performance Reports (EPR) will be scored, with the introduction of the new Promotion Recommendation Score, the service announced in a news release.

“Our Air Force values the experience that our Airmen bring with them,” Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass said in the release. “The Promotion Recommendation Score is a step in the right direction to ensuring we recognize that experience, along with sustained superior performance.”

The new system, like the current one, will continue to use a maximum of three EPRs in the Airman’s current grade when calculating points. However, it will do away with the current system’s practice of weighting point totals based on the number of EPRs evaluated.

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Van Ovost Takes Charge of Transcom, Minihan Succeeds Her at AMC AFMag 

Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost assumed command of U.S. Transportation Command during a ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., on Oct. 15, becoming just the second woman to lead a combatant command.

Taking over for Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, Van Ovost will lead TRANSCOM as it comes off a string of high-profile logistical challenges.

“You had to keep the American military moving during a historic pandemic, and you delivered,” Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III told the troops of TRANSCOM during the Oct. 15 ceremony. “You had to execute a complex retrograde in Somalia, and you delivered. And you had to conduct the largest noncombatant evacuation airlift in American history in Afghanistan, and you delivered.”

Van Ovost played a key role in these challenges, especially the Afghanistan evacuation, as head of Air Mobility Command, and she has spent much of her career dealing with logistics, previously leading an air refueling squadron, a flying training wing, and the Presidential Airlift Wing.

Those experiences, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley said, make her uniquely qualified to lead the more than 122,000 Active-duty, National Guard, Reserve, and civilian personnel who are part of TRANSCOM.

“The sky is the limit with Jackie Van Ovost,” Milley said. “She will take TRANSCOM into the future. She will take you to your next rendezvous with destiny, as we say in the Army.”

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EANGUS Minuteman Update EANGUS 


  • Senior enlisted leaders tackle challenges facing guard

    Addressing challenges facing the National Guard and unleashing the collective experience and knowledge of senior enlisted leaders from across the country to identify solutions drove the agenda at the Command Senior Enlisted Leader training forum Oct. 26-28.

  • ChalleNGe Academy initiative gives cadets job skills

    Lincoln’s ChalleNGe Academy is reaching beyond academics and offering its cadets vocational job skills and certifications that can help put them on the path to a bright future.

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    Beginning Jan. 1, the Army will waive professional military education requirements and extend temporary promotions to all otherwise-promotable noncommissioned officers, Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston and Army personnel officials recently announced.

  • Temporary promotions expanding to all NCOs, SMA Grinston says


  • VA extends presumptive period for Persian Gulf War Veterans

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended the presumptive period to Dec. 31, 2026 for qualifying chronic disabilities rated 10% or more resulting from undiagnosed illnesses in Persian Gulf War Veterans to ensure benefits established by Congress are fairly administered.


  • Scholarship Announcement from our Platinum Partner Sonoran Desert Institute

    Scholarship applications for the SDI/EANGUS Scholarship is now open!
    Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time on November 30 for the annual award.
    Please note: SDI is unable to offer this scholarship to Guard Members who reside in Connecticut, New York, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island, Puerto Rico and Guam.

  • Get ready for the next Fitness Challenge — Register today!
  • 2022 EANGUS ‘Big Dam Conference’

    Visit the EANGUS Conference Site for the all things conference.
    Information will be updated and posted on all platforms as it becomes available.
    Thank you for attending the 2021 EANGUS 50th Anniversary Conference.
    2021 EANGUS 50th Anniversary Conference Book
    EANGUS Auxiliary 48th Conference Book

  • Help us help National Guard members and their families in need

    Select “EANGUS We Care for America Foundation, Inc.” as your charitable organization in this year’s Combined Federal Campaign.
    Donations may also be made directly to WCFA on our website at WCFA Donations.
    Thank you for your support! For more information about the We Care for America Foundation, please refer to our website at Questions can be referred to our office via email at
    Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “EANGUS We Care For America Foundation Inc” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
    How it works:
    1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
    2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
    3. Select “Eangus We Care For America Foundation Inc” as your charity
    4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

  • EANGUS We Care for America Programs

    With thousands of National Guard members and their families facing financial hard-ships as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, and other issues, USAA, EANGUS, and WCFA have teamed up to help National Guard members and families in need. For more information on grants and Interest Free Loans programs, go to


    Operation VetCare was established in 2017 by EANGUS as a program designed to assist Military Service Members, Veterans, and their families who faced special issues or challenges associated with military service. This program has continued to grow over the last several years. Assistance provided through this program may vary based on the limited funds available but may assist by providing support in the form of gift cards for food, clothing, and other necessary items during a service-related crisis. Through this program, EANGUS has been able to assist hundreds of people during a time of significant need. Click here for more information on how you can support this initiative through donations or to request assistance.

  • National Guard Portrait Available for Purchase

    Over a year ago, the EANGUS Executive Council voted to embark on a project to commission a portrait that focused on and honored the extraordinary contributions of the enlisted Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard. The artist, Larry Selman, created this beautiful full-color painting depicting Soldiers and Airmen serving and protecting our Nation at home and abroad. The Militia Solder and early American flag reflect our roots dating back to when the first regiments of the Massachusetts Bay Colony were established.

  • EANGUS Online Store

    Purchase EANGUS gear from apparel to water bottles to knives and more.
    If your State Association is in need of shirts, coins, or other promotional items, Still Serving Promos offer a vast array of products and services.
    Your purchases support EANGUS’ vital work representing our Soldiers and Airmen currently serving in the Army and Air National Guard, their families, survivors, and National Guard Retirees.

  • Members of the NCNGA, what would you like to see in the future? NCNGA 

    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 – to let us know what you want.

    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!




    We’re excited to partner with Hoovers Sweets and Treats for our upcoming convention! NCNGA 

    We’re excited to partner with Hoovers Sweets and Treats for our upcoming convention! They’re offering $2.00 off all Hoovers Milkshakes for any NCNGA members attending the Convention in March, so don’t forget to sign up at




    Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA 

    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



    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

    November 11th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

    France – The armistice ending World War I takes effect at 11 AM. More than 325,876 American soldiers are casualties during the war. Of this number 115,660 died (from all causes including disease). Given the way records were kept, there is no accurate number as to how many of these casualties were Guardsmen. However, since nearly half of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) was composed of 18 Guard divisions plus numerous non-divisional units and individual Guardsmen were assigned to non-Guard units, it is surely a high number. Another way to measure Guard involvement is the fact that the 30th Division (NC, SC, TN) has 12 men awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest number of any division in AEF.

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    Obituary for Lt. Col. Donald “Don” Taylor Everett National Guard 

    ROCKY MOUNT – Lt. Col. Donald “Don” Taylor Everett, age 79, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021. Born in Edgecombe County, NC on January 7, 1942, he was the son of the late James Lilly Everett and Eunice Taylor Landin. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Anna Kathryn Everett

    Don was raised in Wilson County, NC and graduated from Wesleyan College. He was a sales engineer with Communications Technology Corporation. LTC Everett began his military career as an OCS candidate at Ft Knox, KY in March 1966. He served in Vietnam as a Platoon Leader with the 1st Infantry Division and received numerous decorations including The Silver Star, Bronze Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He joined the Army National Guard where he served as commander of the 230th Support Battalion. Upon his military retirement he served 25 years, 5 months and 12 days.

    Don was an avid trout and flounder fisherman and a more avid conservationist of that natural resource. He was a lifetime member of the Coastal Conservation Association. Don and his wife Christine raised two girls and he taught them to fish at an early age. He had two granddaughters that he enjoyed and later in life he found a new partner, Kay Kirk, who he loved and cared for until his death. He was extremely close to his family and friends and loved to get together to fry fish or barbeque chicken. He had a huge heart and will be missed by many who were fortunate enough to know him.

    Don is survived by his daughters, Melinda Paige Everett (Benjamin Salemi) of Durham and Julie Everett Williams (Fred) of Raleigh; his granddaughters, Caitlin Salemi and Julie Salemi; his brother, Samuel Everett; his niece, Anita Eason; and his beloved companion of 30 years, Kay Kirk.

    A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Visitation with the family will be follow the service until 4:00 PM in the Atrium of Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the family is requesting the need for wearing of masks due to health concerns faced around our nation at this time.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Don’s memory to NC Wesleyan College, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

    Arrangements entrusted to Wheeler & Woodlief Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1130 N. Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting

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