NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for June 23, 2022

June 23rd, 2022


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Civil Air Patrol North Carolina Wing Attains sUAS ‘Full Mission Capability’ Civil Air Patrol 
In Moldova, Guard chief finds a nation strengthening its armed forces 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 
June 23rd — Today in Guard History National Guard 

North Carolina Wing Attains sUAS ‘Full Mission Capability’ Civil Air Patrol 

The Civil Air Patrol North Carolina Wing’s small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) program has reached Full Mission Capabilitystatus with 10 drone teams across the state – an achievement 4½ years in the making, according to the wing’s director of operations for UAS, Capt. Robert Rimmer.

Rimmer participated in drone training at Civil Air Patrol’s National Emergency Services Academy in 2017, which sparked his interest in the program as a future tool of the emergency services program.

With the support of Col. Jason Bailey, then North Carolina Wing commander, the program began with a Phantom 3 and F800 and has grown to include a Phantom 3, 2 Skydio 2’s, Skydio X2D’s, and an E384 fixed-wing drone. Members also use personal drones for training.

Rimmer started by offering training to fellow North Carolina Wing members, but the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted monthly sessions, so some training continued online.

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In Moldova, Guard chief finds a nation strengthening its armed forces DVIDS 

CHISINAU, Moldova (6/22/22) – With a brutal war raging in neighboring Ukraine, and very wary of nearby Russia, this Eastern European democracy is rapidly strengthening its national defense – and looking to the North Carolina National Guard for help.

“In light of current events, Moldova sees the critical importance of their ability to defend their independence and sovereignty,” Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson said after a recent visit here.

Hokanson’s messages to Moldova: The National Guard is a proven long-term partner. We are here to assist any way we can. We will help you enhance your safety and security.

The chief of the National Guard Bureau led an American defense delegation that included Army Maj. Gen. Todd Hunt, North Carolina’s adjutant general, and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Garner, his senior enlisted leader.

For Hokanson, Moldova was the first stop on a five-nation trip to recognize and strengthen National Guard relationships with NATO allies and European partners.

People lined sidewalks to catch a glimpse of the most senior U.S. military officer to visit the nation (Hokanson is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff). His schedule included meetings with the U.S. ambassador and embassy staff, Moldova’s defense minister and its chief of defense, and a briefing with the Moldovan equivalent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Bordered to the North, East and South by Ukraine, and to the West by Romania, Moldova is paired with North Carolina in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program – an enduring relationship stretching back more than a quarter-century.

“You can tell the investment the North Carolina Guard has made in the partnership – and the investment Moldova has made in sending their officers to schools in the U.S. – has developed a great relationship,” Hokanson said.

The visit gave North Carolina Guardsmen a chance to conduct one of their first in-person exchanges since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced almost two years of virtual engagements. The adjutant general talked with Moldovan soldiers who have been to his state or to a training rotation with the North Carolina Guard’s 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, or Fort Bliss, Texas.

“My desire is we continue this strong partnership for another 25 years,” Hunt said.

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Read the latest edition of the Tarheel Guardsman NCNGA 

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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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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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Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA 

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This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum 

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June 23rd — Today in Guard History National Guard 

Martainneville, Amiens, France – Men of the 66th Brigade and 122nd Machine Gun Battalion, elements of the 33rd Division, organized entirely from Illinois National Guard units, conducts several days of training in defensive operations with the British XIX Corps. By July the division is deemed ready for combat and will be committed to the front near the River Somme. By war’s end the division earns five campaign streamers, captures more than 4,000 prisoners and has nine members awarded the Medal of Honor.

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