September 29th, 2022
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Registration Now Available for NCNGA Convention and NCNG Military Ball NCNGA
National Guard Staged for Florida Hurricane Response National Guard
Join Us At 14th Annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament NCNGA
Army National Guard launches free child care for soldiers during drill weekends Stars & Stripes
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 29th — Today in Guard History National Guard
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National Guard Staged for Florida Hurricane Response National Guard
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Some 5,000 Florida National Guard troops were ready Wednesday to help residents in the wake of Hurricane Ian, a massive storm making landfall in heavily populated southwest Florida.
Florida Guard members and equipment were staged at armories and bases, with another 2,000 Guardsmen from Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina activated and ready to assist if needed.
The Guard was standing by with 16 helicopters, 1,640 high-wheeled vehicles, seven boats, 36 fuel tankers and generators to conduct search and rescue operations, clear roads and support law enforcement. Florida Army National Guard’s 146th Signal Battalion was setting up a satellite system to provide voice, video and data communications in case of infrastructure damage. Guard members also were prepared to give out food and water at multiple distribution points.
“Florida Guardsmen will be providing emergency assistance to safeguard people and property alongside other first responders,” said Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Florida adjutant general.
Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the Guard would respond as quickly as possible.
“We want to save as many lives as possible and really mitigate any suffering as quickly as possible,” he said in an interview with The Weather Channel Sept. 27. “And so this is primarily where our assets and high-water vehicles can really get in there and control those areas where people might be trapped or in danger to try to get them to safety as quickly as possible.”
Hurricane Ian was to make landfall Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 or 5 storm, with winds recorded at 155 mph. Weather officials predicted catastrophic storm surges, rain and flooding along Florida’s west coast.
Hokanson urged Florida residents to follow the guidance of local officials.
“The biggest thing we’re worried about is people following their local guidance so we can reduce the number of victims,” he said. “Our focus is saving lives and get people out of situations that may be potentially life-threatening.”
Please join us for the 14th Annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. See attached flier for information on the tournament.
The National Guard Bureau launched a $3.6 million pilot program this month that provides free child care to eligible Guard soldiers in six states during drill weekends to help retain single parents in the service.
“It’s a challenge,” Maj. Gen. Eric Little, the Guard’s director of manpower and personnel, said Friday during a call with reporters. “This has been a constant concern for the families over the last several years.”
The bureau chose to test the program in six states — Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Virginia and Washington — that already have a statewide licensing program to ensure that safety requirements are met.
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.
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September 22nd — Today in Guard History National Guard
Yorktown, Virginia – Following the defeat of a British relief fleet off the entrance of Chesapeake Bay by a French fleet under Admiral DeGrasse, the combined armies of France and America march into newly constructed siege trenches surrounding the British army commanded by General Lord Charles Cornwallis. The Allied commanders George Washington and the Count de Rochambeau plan to reduce Cornwallis’s fortifications by use of heavy French siege guns landed by DeGrasse. It will take until October 9th before all the troops and guns are in place and the formal siege operation, conducted like those in Europe, can begin. Until then, units like the Massachusetts Light Infantry Battalion, will try to keep the British off balance with quick raids and feint attacks.
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