March 3rd, 2022
IN THIS EDITION:
Only a few weeks left to register, don’t miss out on this great event on the Riverfront in Wilmington. NCNGA
North Carolina National Guard Museum moves closer to grand opening ABC11
The Strong Bonds event is taking place March 11th-13th at Great Wolf Lodge! NCNGA
Student Artist Apply Today! MCEC 2022 Call for the Arts NCNGA
Attendance of Technicians, AGR Soldiers/Airmen, and FTNCG at the NCNGA Convention NCNGA
EANGUS Roll Call: Drill Weekend Talking Points EANGUS
Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum
March 3rd — Today in Guard History National Guard
RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The North Carolina National Guard will soon have its own museum in Raleigh.
Soldiers installed a tank and combat vehicles at the future site of the museum on Blue Ridge Road, right across from the art museum.
The North Carolina National Guard Museum will collect, preserve and display artifacts, documents and memorabilia of historical significance to the group. It will include a research library, interactive displays and a theater.
“We expect to show the entirety of our history. From 1663 to the modern National Guard, we want to show everything that this organization has done over the past 300 years,” Museum Director Captain Kory Dearie said.
The museum is expected to also have exhibits detailing the North Carolina Air National Guard too.
It’s unclear exactly when the museum will open its doors to visitors.
The Strong Bonds event is taking place March 11th through the 13th at Great Wolf Lodge! This is event is available for service members who are married only. Take a look below for more information. And use this link to register: https://strongbonds.army.mil/events/event-detail/?id=1b46921f-ca14-ec11-b6e6-001dd802e1da&fbclid=IwAR1NpltXYjY8EgMrrDD5jUg5Vtn5OczlOKHBYR9BqCTOthzDUp1sGr4kJ6A
2 0 Y E A R C E L E B R A T I O N O F M I L I T A R Y – C O N N E C T E D S T U D E N T S’ A R T
Using art in any of its forms, share how you celebrate, what you celebrate, and why it is important to celebrate in 2022.
Eligibility + Submission Requirements
* Open to children in grades K-12
* All submissions must reference life as a military-connected child
* Only original work will be accepted (no copies of artwork/song/video)
* All submissions should be titled Creative writing, poetry, or prose (Not exceed 500 words)
* The branch of armed services being artistically represented must be identified
Submissions due by March 20, 2022
All submissions must be submitted by:
OR mailed to:
Call for the Arts
Military Child Education Coalition
909 Mountain Lion Circle
Harker Heights, TX 76548
For more information about 2022 CFA
Visit our website
Ensuring benefits parity between the National Guard and the active component has always been a priority for EANGUS. Over the last several years, EANGUS has worked with Congress to address issues such as allowing National Guard Servicemembers to receive 180 days of premium-free transitional health care benefits under the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) after serving more than 30 consecutive days on active duty to support COVID-19 response as well as advocating for equal pay for National Guard Servicemembers assigned to and performing hazardous duty jobs.
In the Fiscal Year (F.Y.) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress approved section 602, which authorizes the reserve components of the Armed Forces to incentive pay in the same monthly amount as that paid to the Active Components performing comparable work requiring comparable skills. For example, a National Guard Servicemember qualified and assigned to an airborne position would be entitled to receive the full airborne hazardous duty pay that an Active Component servicemember receives instead of the prorated 1/30th of the pay for each day on duty. The qualifications, requirements, and risks of performing a hazardous duty job are the same regardless of the component a Servicemember serves. It is fantastic that Congress has finally taken this step to close this parity gap. However, even though Congress approved this section, there is still specific language in the text that does not allow implementation of this benefit until the Secretary of Defense submits a report to Congress no later than September 30, 2022, outlining the steps to implement this as well as the cost associated with it. Furthermore, the Secretary of Defense must certify that providing this equal pay will not have a detrimental effect on the Force Structure or recruiting or retention of Active-Duty Components. While EANGUS does not believe that providing equal incentive pay will damage the Active Components, it will be essential to ensure that this section is tracked very closely to implement this incentive pay.
Yet another parity issue that EANGUS is working on is GI Bill Parity. For many years, EANGUS has been educating Congress on the need to adjust the GI Bill. Currently, there are strict limitations on what type of status and periods a National Guard Servicemember must serve on Active-Duty orders to qualify for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. In March of 2021, EANGUS was able to gain the support of several members of the House of Representatives to have the H.R. 1836, Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 introduced for consideration. This bill would expand the eligibility criteria for the National Guard and Reserve components to make it easier for these Servicemembers to qualify for this benefit. This bill would allow Guard and reserve Servicemembers on Active-Duty for training orders to earn qualifying time towards Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility. Additionally, starting in 2032, this bill would allow inactive duty training (IDT) as a qualifying time towards Post 9/11 GI Bill eligibility.
EANGUS sent out a Call-To-Action on this bill in January 2022 to ask our membership to respond and let their congressional members know the importance of this legislation. Our voices were heard, and on January 12, 2022, the House of Representatives approved HR 1836. Currently, this legislation is being reviewed and considered by the U.S. Senate in bill number S. 1349. EANGUS will continue to communicate with Congress to express the importance of this legislation and continue to work on your behalf to ensure that the National Guard receives the benefits they duly deserve.
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 www.ncnga.org/events.php.
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
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 email@example.com
March 3rd — Today in Guard History National Guard
Space – A former Air Guard pilot in Massachusetts’ 102nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Captain Russell “Rusty” Schweickart, is one of three members of Apollo 9 which entered Earth orbit this day. Seven former Guardsmen were part of the astronaut program during the Gemini and Apollo Moon missions but he was the only one to come directly from the Guard without being a test pilot first. During his flight on Apollo 9 he set a number of “firsts” for NASA as it planned to send men to the Moon. He became the first man to transfer from one spacecraft to another (command module to lunar module) in orbit; he and another member of the team took the lunar module for a test flight and then became the first to ‘link up’ two separate craft when they redocked with the command module; Schweickart became the first man in space to test the Portable Life Support System suit. Totally self-contained with no connections to the ship this suit was the same type worn by later astronauts on the Moon. While this was his only flight in space he stayed with NASA working on the SkyLab project until his retirement in 1979.
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