NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for May 5, 2022

May 5th, 2022


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You’re invited to our Schriever Spacepower Forum: ​​Space National Guard Mitchell Institute 
$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity Available NGAUS 
Military Times – New DD-214 form created for Guard, reserve troops DVIDS 
Read the latest edition of the Tarheel Guardsman NCNGA 
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 
May 5th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

You’re invited to our Schriever Spacepower Forum: ​​Space National Guard Mitchell Institute 

The Mitchell Institute invites you to join our virtual Schriever Spacepower Forum event with Brig Gen Michael A. Valle, Assistant Adjutant General – Air and Commander, Florida Air National Guard and Brig Gen Steven J. Butow, Primary Advisor to the Adjutant General – Air and Commander, California Air National Guard on Wednesday, May 11 at 3:00 PM ET. They will discuss the importance of the Guard’s role with the Space Force and why a Space National Guard is required for addressing the reality of space as a warfighting domain.

Advance registration is required.
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For any questions about registering contact: Ana Maria Waldo |
For more information on the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, visit our website.

$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity Available NGAUS 

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NGAUS Active/Digital Life Members and their dependents are eligible to apply for the AFBA (Armed Forces Benefit Association)/NGAUS scholarship. Two applicants will be selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship each.

Now accepting applications through June 1, 2022.

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Please feel free to contact with any questions you may have about the NGAUS and AFBA Scholarship or NGAUS Life Membership.

Military Times – New DD-214 form created for Guard, reserve troops MilitaryTimes 

Troops across the National Guard and reserve components of all military branches will see a standardized discharge form by 2025, according to a Defense Department instruction released earlier this month.

After the new policy goes into effect, members will receive the new DD Form 214-1 when they retire or separate from one of the military’s reserve components. Currently, each service has its own reserve component separation form, such as the NGB 22 or the NAVPERS

Groups representing reserve component troops, including the Reserve Organization of America and the National Guard Association of the U.S., have long advocated for the change.

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Read the latest edition of the Tarheel Guardsman NCNGA 

The latest edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is now available online at




EANGUS Roll Call: Drill Weekend Talking Points EANGUS 

According to a new Pentagon policy published in February, National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers will receive a Defense Department (DD) Form 214 following their completion of service. DoD Instruction memo dated Feb. 17, 2022, gives the Services three years to implement the change.

The Pentagon action follows language in the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act requiring the DoD to develop a form that documents a Reserve Component member’s entire time of service. This legislation was supported by EANGUS for over four years and has been closely monitored by the EANGUS legislative team.

Currently, National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers only receive a DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) if they serve more than 90 days on active-duty orders. The form NGB-22 documents cumulative National Guard service. The NGB-22 and the Reserve Component’s training documents have proven to be complicated for VA and other state agencies to evaluate when determining eligibility for National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers.

“EANGUS is excited that DoD has finally taken a positive step forward and created this policy to ensure that National Guard and Reserve Component Servicemembers receive a DD 214 upon completion of their service,” said retired Sergeant Major Matthew Krenz, the EANGUS Executive Director. “However, we believe that there should be additional times other than after service when National Guard and Reserve Component Servicemembers should receive a DD 214. The current legislation introduced in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate provides additional criteria for when the DD 214 should be issued, and EANGUS will continue to monitor this legislation moving forward.”

Retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, the NGAUS president, testified to Congress last month that he often hears of benefits being denied “from the Department of Veterans Affairs or state agencies because they require a DD-214,” which many National Guard Servicemembers lack.

When implemented, the DoD instruction will ensure National Guard Servicemembers and Reservists will receive a DD-214-1 (Certificate of Uniformed Service, Reserve Component Addendum) upon separation or retirement; the DD-214-1 is a new form created by the instruction.

National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers will still receive a standard DD-214-1 if they serve for 90 days or more on federal active duty for training, full-time training duty, active duty for operational support, or more than 30 days of action on a contingency operation. This instruction does not apply to Guardsmen and Reservists who separate or retire before fully implementing the program. It is also policy and not law. Legislation in both the House and Senate would codify the requirement in law.

Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., Rep. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio are the original sponsors of the Record of Military Service for Members of the Armed Forces Act (H.R. 7041), which was introduced last month. The EANGUS Legislative Director, Kevin Hollinger, has worked with these Congressional Members’ staff to help push this legislation.

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Register for the Virtual Career Fair

The application period closes on 31 May 2022, at 11:59 pm (MST)

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.

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The annual conference brings 1,000+ attendees consisting of EANGUS members, National Guard Leadership, State Association Senior Enlisted Leaders, representation from Joint Services, and product end-users.

We are excited to have the National Guard Command Senior Enlisted Leaders (CSEL) present at the EANGUS Conference who jointly hold their annual conference at the same location. In addition, many of the Army National Guard Command Sergeants Major, as well as the Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeants from the State and Wing Levels, will be in attendance. Furthermore, each year, EANGUS has a hundred or more National Guard Servicemembers attend our annual conference for Professional Development purposes and our Senior Enlisted leaders provide invaluable insight and mentorship to those that attend. The Senior Enlisted Leaders of the National Guard support EANGUS and their participation greatly increases the value that our attendees receive.

Highlighting EANGUS and NGAUS’s upcoming conferences NCNGA 

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.
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For information on NGAUS:…/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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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

May 5th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Wilderness, VA – The Union army under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant attempts to breach solid Confederate breastworks but suffers high losses for little gain. At the end of this battle Grant will start making his famous “left hook” marches attempting to get around General Lee’s flank to capture Richmond, the Confederate capital. This leads to several very bloody engagements such as Cold Harbor but Grant fails to turn Lee’s flank. By this point in the conflict, the most of the uniformed volunteers (forerunners of today’s National Guard) who had rushed to the colors at the start of the war were either dead, were so badly wounded and/or sick as to be sent home or had deserted. However both sides, especially in the southern armies, did still have many of early war Guard units in their establishment. The Confederates rarely disbanded units; they just plugged in available new replacements into the old units. This helped to maintain a ‘local’ connection (and its esprit) to a city or county carried over from the original members. The Union adopted a different system entirely. When the numbers of a unit fell low enough, its remaining men were transferred to another unit from the same state and the old designation ceased to exist. Few individual replacements were assigned to existing units. Instead new men were placed in newly organized regiments. Several states, such as New York and Pennsylvania, had infantry regimental numbers as high as 194th (NY) and 215th (PA). Both states started the war with a “1st Volunteer Infantry” so it can be seen they suffered horrible losses during the war.

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