NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for November 25, 2021

November 25th, 2021


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Registration is now open for 2021 Tarheel Retiree Homecoming NCNGA 
Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention – Register early. NCNGA 
Bidens open the holidays with ‘friendsgiving’ at Fort Bragg Mercury News 
EANGUS Minuteman Update EANGUS 
Members of the NCNGA, what would you like to see in the future? NCNGA 
Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA 
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum 
November 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Bidens open the holidays with ‘friendsgiving’ at Fort Bragg Mercury News 

Jill Biden opened the holiday season at the White House on Monday by breaking off a sprig from the official Blue Room tree and giving it — and a big smooch — to her toddler grandson.

“Look how beautiful this is,” the first lady said of the 18 1/2-foot Fraser fir that was delivered by wagon to her Pennsylvania Avenue doorstep by Clydesdale horses named Ben and Winston.

“It is beautiful. It’s magnificent, really,” she said.

The first lady later joined President Joe Biden for a visit to the Army’s Fort Bragg in North Carolina to celebrate “friendsgiving” with service members and military families.

The two events set off a White House holiday season that is expected to be much more festive this year, as public health officials encourage those vaccinated against COVID-19 to get together in person, instead of begging Americans to stay home, as they’ve done for holidays past.

The holiday tree was presented by the father-and-son team of Rusty and Beau Estes of Peak Farms in Jefferson, North Carolina — a three-time winner of the National Christmas Tree Association’s annual contest. The winner gets to present its official tree to the White House.

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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 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

    Fort Duquesne (today Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania – English General John Forbes, leading a mixed force of British regulars and colonial militia, captures the smoldering remains of Fort Duquesne after the French and their Indian allies fled rather than defend the position. Renaming the ruins “Pittsbourgh” (after the then British Prime Minister, William Pitt) Forbes departs, accompanied by his American military advisor, Lieutenant Colonel George Washington of the Virginia Regiment, to return to Philadelphia. He leaves Lieutenant Colonel Hugh Mercer with a battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment (colonists, mostly with militia backgrounds, who volunteered to become full-time soldiers in the pay of their colony) to rebuild a new fort, to be named “Fort Pitt.” This soon became a key starting point for expeditions west into the Ohio territory and beyond. While Washington’s record in later years is well known, Mercer too played an important role in the Revolution. Born in Scotland, he came to America after taking part in the failed Scottish revolt of 1745. A doctor he first settled in Pennsylvania and commanded his local militia regiment, later assuming his position with the Pennsylvania Regiment. After the French and Indian War he moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia and set up a medical practice. He soon became a good and trusted friend of Washington. Still retaining strong anti-English feelings he quickly embraced the American cause during the Revolution. But rather than acting in his medical capacity, he accepted command of the 3rd Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army. Due to both his friendship with Washington and actual battlefield talent he was promoted to brigade command in time for the Battle of Princeton in January 1777. He was killed in this battle, but his men captured a British regiment and caused another to flee, giving Washington the victory. His death was greatly mourned by Washington and many historians have speculated on the influence he might have had on American history had he lived.

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