September 8th, 2022
IN THIS EDITION:
Registration Now Available for NCNGA Convention and NCNG Military Ball NCNGA
Join Us At 14th Annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament NCNGA
First female Sapper Leader Course instructor paves the way for others Army.mil
Scholarship Spotlight: Weldon E. Holcomb & Lt Col William C. Polk Memorial Scholarships NCNGA
Read the latest edition of the Tarheel Guardsman NCNGA
Highlighting EANGUS and NGAUS’s upcoming conferences NCNGA
Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum
September 8th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Registration is now open for the 2023 NCNGA Convention and NCNG Combined Ball!
March 10-11, 2023
Twin City Quarter
501 W. 5th St., Winston Salem, NC 27101
Please join us for the 14th Annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. See attached flier for information on the tournament.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Sapper Leader Course Instructor Staff Sgt. Ariana Sanchez never set out to make history or be the example she is today.
Originally from Ecuador, she moved to New Jersey when she was 17. As high school ended, Sanchez was interested in the Army but was unsure of her future. After speaking with Army recruiters, she joined the New Jersey National Guard, setting her off on an unexpected path.
She completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia, in 2014, to become a Water Purification Specialist. During Initial Entry Training, Sanchez realized she not only loved the Army life — she was good at it.
Her two-year transition from the Army National Guard to active-duty status began after arriving at her first unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. To become a full-time Soldier, she was required to reclass to a different military occupational specialty, she said. Having spent most of her short career on the quartermaster side of the Army, she couldn’t picture herself sitting in an office.
“They asked me what I wanted to be, and I told them I wanted to be in a combat MOS,” she said.
Weldon E. Holcomb Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Holcomb joined the military and 1942 as part of the 28th Infantry Division. He participated in D-Day invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944. He was captured by the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. He was a POW for nine months before escaping and making his way back to the American lines to be released in May 1945. Mr. Holcomb joined the NCNG in 1947 as a full-time unit administrator in Winston-Salem. He serves as Division Food Service Chief and Battalion Administrative Officer for the 230th Support Battalion, 30th Infantry Division, Winston-Salem. Upon his death in 1973, Mr. Holcomb had attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Four.
Lt Col William C. Polk Memorial Scholarship
Lt Col Polk enlisted in the US Army in February of 1943 in September of that year he entered duty as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corps ultimately serving as a bomber pilot. He flew the A-26 over “The Hump” in the Burma-China Theater at the age of 21. He was reassigned in April of 1946 to the Army Air Corps Reserves where he served until joining the North Carolina Air National Guard, 156th Fighter Bomber Squadron in 1954 as a pilot flying the F86A. He was seriously injured in the crash of his T-33 at Savannah, Georgia during exercises. He was employed as the full-time Base Civilian Engineer for the NCANG. Many changes on the base were the result of his efforts. His last large design and construction project was the base operations building. He retired from as a full-time technician and from the NCANG on April 30, 1981.
The latest edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is now available online at https://ncnga.org/tarheel-guardsman/
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August 25th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Various States – In the third of what will eventually be a 19 increment partial mobilization of the Army National Guard during the Korean War, the largest single group of Army Guard units enter active duty on this date. Four entire Guard infantry divisions, the 28th (PA), 40th (CA), 43rd (CT, RI, VT) and the 45th (OK) plus several smaller, non-divisional units, includingSouth Dakota’s 196th and Tennessee’s 278th Regimental Combat Teams (RCT’s) report to their home stations and soon move to the training camps where they will prepare for war. All four of the divisions eventually serve overseas, the 28th and 43rd reinforcing NATO in Germany and the 40th and 45th actually serving in combat in Korea. The 196th and 287th RCT’s do not deploy overseas but remain part of the strategic reserve, ready for immediate deployment in case of any unexpected crisis.
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