NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for January 27, 2022

January 27th, 2022


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The Association is now hiring! NCNGA 
Conventional Attendance Letter NCNGA 
Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region Programs for Veterans NCNGA 
Are you interested in a change? Would you like to become a Warrant Officer? NCNGA 
2022 EANGUS Scholarship Season NOW OPEN EANGUS 
Play Golf and Support Scholarships for Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families NCNGA 
Air Forces Africa Gears up to Extend Its Reach AFMag 
North Carolina’s Healthcare Systems Need Workers Like You – Support the Fight Against COVID-19! NCNGA 
Operation ART Spring Session 1 Registration Now Open NCNGA 
Scholarships now open NCNGA 
Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention NCNGA 
Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA 
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum 
January 27th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

The Association is now hiring! NCNGA 

The Association is now hiring! We are looking for a college student for a 10 hour per week paid internship in the Raleigh office. Several of our previous interns have received 3 hours of college credit for this program. If you know of a candidate please have them email

Conventional Attendance Letter NCNGA 

Attendance of Technicians, AGR Soldiers/Airmen, and FTNGD at the NC National Guard Association Convention.
Please see the attached memorandum from the Department of Public Safety





Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region Programs for Veterans NCNGA 

Hello Service Members:

For those members living in our service area of Mecklenburg or Iredell County, Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region (HCR) believes that every veteran/service member deserves a decent place to live. And because of that, we are proud to offer homeownership and Critical Home Repair services to those who have served (or are currently serving) in the military. All applicants for our programs must be willing to partner with Habitat through sweat equity hours and be within 30%-80% annual medium income (AMI), see attachment.

HCR builds and sells homes with an affordable mortgage to those who qualify. Qualified veterans or active service members do not have to attend a standard orientation session but need to schedule an in-office orientation. They will also have their application fee waived and will be fast-tracked through the approval process if at all possible.

  • New Home-Habitat built homes-Iredell and Mecklenburg Counties
    • Single Family-choose from several floor plans (2-5 bedrooms floorplans)
    • Townhomes -2-4 bedrooms
    • Condos – 2 bedrooms (located in Charlotte)
    • Open Market Homes -Bring you own financing and choose from a limited stock of Open Market Homes that are affordable.

HCR has special funding set aside specifically to repair the homes of veterans in the community. Qualified veteran homeowners are fast-tracked through the application process and may be eligible for special discounts.

  • Critical Repair
    • Accessibility rehabs
    • Plumbing
    • Electrical
    • HVAC
    • Roofing and more

For additional information, please visit our website at . You may also call/email, Shawn Grady Community and Veteran Outreach Coordinator at or 704-966-9626.

Are you interested in a change? Would you like to become a Warrant Officer? NCNGA 

Become a Warrant Officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard. Further develop your skills. Become a technical leader. See the attachment for more information, or visit



2022 EANGUS Scholarship Season NOW OPEN EANGUS 

Great educational opportunities for EANGUS members and their dependents!

The EANGUS Scholarship Program offers the award of many full-tuition scholarships provided by our partner institutions, as well as our $2,000 CSM Virgil Williams Scholarships and $1,000 Patriot Scholarships funded by corporate and individual donations.

Our scholarship program is one of the primary benefits we offer to our members and their dependents. Each year, we award multiple scholarships with a total value of over $500,000.

The deadline to apply for most EANGUS scholarships is 1 April 2022. We are opening and closing the application period earlier this year so that we can inform recipients sooner to aid them in finalization of their educational plans. Please refer to the EANGUS Scholarship page at the link below for specific details and application deadlines for each institution and scholarship we offer.

Scholarships Offered & How to Apply

Play Golf and Support Scholarships for Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families NCNGA 

Play Golf and Support Scholarships for Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families
Thursday, March 17, 2022, 9:00AM. Individual & Team options available.

Registration can be done by completing the registration form and returning to the NCNGA or you can register on line at


Air Forces Africa Gears up to Extend Its Reach AFMag 

AFRICAN AIR CHIEFS SYMPOSIUM, KIGALI, Rwanda—The tyranny of distance is the oft-spoken biggest challenge for African air forces in a continent more than three times the size of the United States. But Air Forces Africa hopes a conference with 30 partner nations will shrink the distance by building trust to work together in areas such as shared airlift.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa chief Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian flew over the verdant mountains of the richly vegetated East African lake region to touch down in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Jan. 24 ahead of the 11th African Air Chiefs Symposium. The last two in-person events were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event will take place under heavy COVID restrictions because in a continent plagued by terrorist threats and widely divergent capabilities, relationships matter.

“In the U.S., we get down to business. In Africa, you have to have a relationship with the person that you’re trying to do business with first,” Air Force Col. Beth Lane, a C-17 pilot who in July became the first female secretary general of the African Air Chiefs Association, told Air Force Magazine in the cool summer air of the 5,000-foot-elevation Southern Hemisphere capital. The African Air Chiefs Association is a 26-nation group that includes the United States.

Lane’s experience flying multiple long-haul flights to Africa, including with the Royal Air Force to Kenya and multiple trips to the U.S. base in Djibouti, on the strategically important eastern Horn of Africa, helped her to understand some of the unique challenges of Africa.

“Africa doesn’t have a lot of controlled airspace,” she said. “You have to give position reports to let their air traffic controllers know where you are. So, it’s a little more of the Wild West.”

A flight from Europe requires flying vast distances over the Sahara desert and arid Sahel region with far fewer population centers and airstrips capable of receiving large cargo planes.

C-130s are used frequently on the continent thanks to U.S. foreign military sales and excess defense articles (EDA) allocations to African partner nations.

“A lot of these countries only have one, maybe two,” she said of the platform. “And maybe the maintenance on them hasn’t been done properly, or they haven’t had the money to buy parts.”

With China spending billions of dollars through its Belt and Road Initiative across the continent to nurture favorable support for its political and economic objectives, the United States must find other ways to build partnerships with African countries.

“Where the U.S. can come in is helping to train the maintenance folks, to train the pilots and loadmasters, helping with the supply chain for parts,” Lane said.

“Our adversaries want weak allies and partners, and we want strong allies and partners,” she added. “Regardless of where they fall, we’re better operating together.”

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North Carolina’s Healthcare Systems Need Workers Like You – Support the Fight Against COVID-19! NCNGA 

As North Carolina prepares for another large surge of cases and hospitalizations during this pandemic, NC DHHS is undertaking an effort to bolster staff to join our health care systems and facilities to ensure we can prevent illness and care for those impacted by the virus. A crucial part of that effort is recruiting workers (clinically licensed and non-licensed) to supplement the health care workforce in hospitals, EMS agencies, and long-term care facilities. If you’re interested in working for NC healthcare systems please complete this form: to provide contact information that can be shared with healthcare systems so they can hire, onboard and train personnel to support their daily operations.

We are recruiting for workers that can assist in the following duties:

  • Data Entry
  • Vital Sign Checks
  • EKG Procedure
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • X-Ray Procedures
  • Laboratory Functions
  • Answering Phones
  • Supporting with Activities of Daily Living
  • Driving Ambulances
  • Various other tasks

Should you have any questions please contact
Thank you for your commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of all North Carolinians. North Carolina needs you!

Operation ART Spring Session 1 Registration Now Open NCNGA 

The Joel Fund’s Operation ART Program is excited to announce fresh classes and workshops for Spring Session 1! Registration is now open for:

  • Virtual Writing for Hope
  • Virtual Writing for Truth
  • Virtual Writing through Grief Workshop
  • Virtual Writing through Burn-Out Workshop
  • Printmaking Introduction
  • Metalworking
  • Woodworking
  • Photography III
  • Photoshop III
  • Clay Sculpture Workshop

You may visit for more information. Also, see the attached flyer for a more detailed description of the classes and registration information. Please share with military-connected individuals in your communities! Including family members, caregivers, retirees, reservists, veterans, and National Guard.

Scholarships now open NCNGA 

The North Carolina National Guard Education Foundation provides college scholarships to members of the NC National Guard and their Families. Since 1968, the Foundation has awarded over $1.5 million in college scholarships to nearly 2,000 individuals.

The 2022-2023 application period is now open and all applications must be postmarked by 1 February 2022 for college students and 1 March 2022 for high school students.

The scholarships range in value from $600 for Community College attendees, to $10,000 scholarship we award in partnership with the SECU Foundation. Most Community College scholarships are $600, while the typical four-year college scholarships are $1,200. There are two categories of scholarships. Each applicant can and is encouraged to apply for both categories.

General and Special Memorial Scholarships: Candidates are evaluated on five criteria areas including financial need, academic performance, citizenship, leadership and ‘other;’ this latter category taking into account various subjective evaluations such as special circumstances of the candidate.

Academic Excellence & Leadership: Two scholarships – one each to a current high school senior and one to a current college applicant — for excellence in academics and leadership. These applicants will complete the AEL application form and do not have to provide financial/ income information.

Click here to Apply!

Registration is now open for 2022 Annual Convention 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

January 27th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Richmond, VA – The 6th Virginia Volunteer Infantry arrives home from Camp Haskell, GA, after being released from active duty for the Spanish American War. It was one of nine African American Guard units to serve during the war. It gained national notoriety when one company staged a “mutiny” over the issue of having white officers appointed to replace the black officers who brought them onto active duty. While no one was hurt during this incident, it threatened to cause a white backlash against all black participation in the Army. Some of the reforms in officer qualifications enacted under the 1903 Militia Act were in direct response to this and other similar problems. The 6th was not reorganized in state service and no African American would serve again in the Virginia National Guard until 1965.

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