April 21st, 2022
IN THIS EDITION:
Read the latest edition of the Tarheel Guardsman NCNGA
National Guard brigade takes on Army modernization mission NationalGaurd.mil
North Carolina National Guard honored with new museum in Raleigh ABC11
EANGUS Roll Call: Drill Weekend Talking Points EANGUS
Highlighting EANGUS and NGAUS’s upcoming conferences NCNGA
Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum
April 21st — Today in Guard History National Guard
The latest edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is now available online at https://ncnga.org/tarheel-guardsman/
National Guard brigade takes on Army modernization mission NationalGaurd.mil
FORT STEWART, Ga. – The Citizen-Soldiers of the 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, North Carolina National Guard, have a lot on their plates, from civilian careers to responding to emergencies in their state. But when they received the mission to help the Army Modernization Enterprise assess a future Army formation, they quickly prepared themselves.
The 130th MEB deployed to Fort Stewart, Georgia, in late March to replicate a Protection Brigade, one of the future Army formations being assessed during the U.S. Army Joint Modernization Command’s Joint Warfighting Assessment 22.
The Protection Brigade is a future unit formation that supports the Penetration Division, also being assessed during JWA 22. The Penetration Division is being replicated by Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division on Fort Stewart.
The Protection Brigade reduces the command and control demand on the division rear command post and provides a headquarters and commander solely focused on protection warfighting across the area of operations.
Col. Jerry Baird Jr., commander of the 130th MEB, said it took his Soldiers some quick education to pivot from their civilian jobs to helping the Army modernize, but they were up for the challenge.
“Our goal is: No active-duty division is going to be waiting on us,” Baird said. “We are going to learn it as fast as we can. They have to understand that initially, we will look more like a pontoon boat and less like a Jet Ski because we’re trying to catch up. But by the end of it, we’re able to hold our own, and I’d say we are an enabler. I’ve spoken to numerous 3rd Infantry Division senior leaders who have said, ‘You guys energize us.’”
RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The North Carolina National Guard is being honored with its own museum.
The museum opened Thursday across from the Museum of Art in Raleigh.
In March, soldiers installed a tank and combat vehicles at the site of the museum on Blue Ridge Road, right across from the art museum.
It will collect, preserve and display artifacts, documents and memorabilia that have historical significance. The museum will also include a research library, interactive displays and a theater.
After close to six months of Continuing Resolutions and concerns over Government Shutdowns, Congress was finally able to work together to pass an appropriations bill that will fund the government, including the Department of Defense (DoD), through the remaining months of the Fiscal Year 2022. On March 15, 2022, the President signed H.R. 2471, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022. Within this Omnibus Appropriations, “Division C” includes the Department of Defense appropriations, and “Division J” consists of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies appropriations. This initial summary will highlight some essential topics funded for F.Y. 2022.
For 2022, the DoD appropriations bill provides $728.5 billion in discretionary spending, increasing $32.5 billion above 2021. The 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill provide $284.6 billion, an increase of $32.7 billion – more than 13 percent – above 2021. Of this amount, discretionary funding for programs such as Veterans’ health care and military construction totals $127.6 billion, an increase of $14.4 billion above 2021.
- Funds a 2.7% military pay raise
- Funds an end strength of 336,000 (500 below FY21) for the ARNG and 108,300 (200 above FY21) for the ANG
- Funds Full-Time force of 30,845 (250 above FY21) for the ARNG and 25,333 (2,696 below FY21 and $1,328 below budget request)
- $9,018M for ARNG Personnel, a decrease of $33.6M from the FY22 PBR
- $4,764M for ANG Personnel, a reduction of $50.5M from the FY22 PBR
- $7,714M for ARNG O&M, an increase of $67.2M from the FY22 PBR
- $6,786M for ANG O&M, an increase of $212.4M from the FY22 PBR
- Appropriates $285M each for the ARNG and ANG in NGREA
- Adds $20M for C-130 Airborne Firefighting Systems
- Adds $42M for STARBASE
- Adds $85.3M for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
- National Guard Counter-Drug Program
- Funds $194.2M for the National Guard Counter-Drug Program, an increase of $97.2M from the FY22 PBR
- Funds $25.6M for National Guard Counter-Drug Schools, an increase of $20.0M from the FY22 PBR
- Additional Funds for ARNG Programs
- Adds $211.5M for nine HH-60M Blackhawks
- Adds $100M for HMMWV Modernization
- Adds $1.5M Personnel and $534K O&M for Advanced Trauma and Public Health Direct Training Services
- Adds $10M Personnel and $13M O&M for Exercise Northern Strike
- Adds $32.1 for Army National Guard Special Training, including:
- $7.9M Personnel and $5.0M O&M for State Partnership Program
- $6.5 M Personnel and $1.5M O&M for Wildfire Training
- $1.2M Personnel and $2.0M O&M for Trauma Training
- $6.0M Personnel and $2M O&M for Cybersecurity Technical Assistance Pilot Program
- Adds $3M for Warrior Resiliency and Fitness
- Adds $19.8M O&M for Implementation of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military
- Additional Funds for ANG Programs
- Adds $1.8B for 16 other C-130J aircraft for ANG Operational SQDNS
- Adds $2.7M Personnel and $1.8M O&M for Advanced Trauma and Public Health Direct Training Services
- Adds $42.9M for Air National Guard Special Training, including
- $2.5M Personnel and $3.7M O&M for State Partnership Program
- $3M Personnel for Critical Skillsets Crosstraining
- $12.7M Personnel and $10M O&M for RC-26B
- $2.4M Personnel and $2.0 O&M for Trauma Training
- $5.5 M Personnel and $1.1M O&M for Wildfire Training
- Adds $3.0M for Warrior Resiliency and Fitness
- Adds $540K Personnel and $6.4M O&M for Implementation of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military
- Prohibits funds from being used to reduce authorized positions for National Guard military technicians
One additional Highlight of this bill is found in Division CC.
The Burial Equity for Guards and Reserves Act prohibits restricting the internment of Guardsmen and Reservists in state veterans’ cemeteries. This issue was identified, and EANGUS strongly advocated for its passage. EANGUS sent out a Call-To-Action on this topic in February, and with our member’s help, we were able to get this legislation passed.
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Great educational opportunities for EANGUS members and their dependents! 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 $400,000.
The EANGUS Scholarship Program offers the award of many full-tuition scholarships provided by our partner institutions:
Colorado Technical University
2 undergraduate, graduate or doctorate scholarships (closes 1 April 2022)
University of Phoenix
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Sonoran Desert Institute
Associates in Science in Firearms Technology (opening soon)
Currently, there is over $26,000 in corporate and individual donations toward the CSM Virgil Williams $2000 Scholarships, Patriot $1000 Scholarships, and the CSMAC $1000 Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded and applied to the school of your choice toward tuition and educational costs.
Check out the https://eangus.org/scholarship-information/ for details and application information for each institution and scholarships we offer.
While our conference in Wilmington last week was a success, we want to highlight EANGUS and NGAUS’s upcoming conferences for their members! Be sure to sign up soon to reserve your spot.
For information on EANGUS: https://eangusconference.org/
For information on NGAUS: https://www.ngaus.org/…/144th-general-conference…
Highly Decorated Vietnam Era Marine Honored, Mourned, Laid to Rest in Arizona DVIDS
Honor, courage, and commitment are core values instilled within every United States Marine. The late Lt. Col David Althoff lived and served in accordance with these values and led by example in showing his fellow Marines what it meant to put these words into action throughout his impressive 22 year career. However, it is his leadership, and steadfast resiliency in combat, as well as his courage and unwavering calmness in the heat of battle, which cement his legacy in Marine Corps History. The humble Illinois native is credited with flying over 1,000 combat missions and is revered as one of the Marine Corps most decorated wartime aviators.
Althoff began his illustrious military career as a member of the Army National Guard in July of 1950, spending his first 18 months as an artilleryman.
“In the reserves we go every month on a Saturday, we spent all day drilling, learning military tactics and techniques,” Althoff explained in an interview with his son before his passing. “Every summer we’d go down for two months in Fort Huachuca and fire all day long. My job initially was to load shells into that Howitzer, I’d slam it in there with my fist and close the door. Then I graduated a little bit. I was pulling the cord rather than shoving the shells. That was a lot easier. I finally ended up being in the fire direction center, where all I did was plot the direction the can should be pointing and move the azimuth up and down to get closer or further away. I observed the target and the hits to plot them on a chart.”
During his time as a Soldier, Althoff attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. With the start of the Korean War, the draft was initiated to expand the size of the armed forces. Althoff and his roommate knew there was no way for them to avoid the draft and they, collectively, made the decision to join the Air Force.
“We got there and the damn line was two blocks long just to get to talk to the recruiter. So I said well let’s go talk to the Navy guy for a little bit till the line calms down then we’ll come back and we’ll join the Air Force,” said Althoff. “Well…by the time we talked to the Navy recruiter for about 10 minutes we were signing on the dotted line to go to Navy flight training, but since we didn’t have a college degree we signed to be naval aviation cadets.”
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April 21st — Today in Guard History National Guard
April 18th, 1906
San Francisco, CA – The “great” earthquake strikes this morning. Within hours large portions of the city not already destroyed by the quake itself are consumed in massive, uncontrollable fires. Almost immediately the 2nd Brigade, National Guard of California, under the command of Brigadier General John A. Koster, is called up for state active duty to assist in security. The brigade consisted of one battalion of coast artillery, two troops of cavalry, three infantry regiments and one signal company. However, since many of the members of these units live in the areas affected by the quake they failed to show up, so other California Guardsmen from areas spared damage were brought in. So many men served at least some term of service, and the funds used to pay and feed them totaled nearly $400,000, that the state adjutant general reported to the Chief, National Guard Bureau that summer camp for some units of the CA NG was cancelled for 1906. Looting got so bad that the mayor issued a controversial degree allowing military and police authorities to shoot to kill any looters resisting arrest. Several looters, person’s actually attacking soldiers (usually found to be drunk) or in other ways causing “trouble” were shot by Guardsmen. The Guard remained on duty until finally released on June 2nd.
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