October 6th, 2022
IN THIS EDITION:
Registration Now Available for NCNGA Convention and NCNG Military Ball NCNGA
VIDEO: Gen. Hokanson discusses Guard helping with Hurricane Ian recovery CNN
The Connector: A Weekly Newsletter of Veterans Bridge Home 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
October 6th — 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.
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.
The latest edition of the Tarheel Guardsman is now available online at https://ncnga.org/tarheel-guardsman/
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 https://ncnga.org/discounts/
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 email@example.com
October 6th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Skies over Afghanistan – The United States begins its first air strikes of Operation Enduring Freedom, the attack against the Taliban government giving refuge to Usama Bin Laden, leader of the Al Qaida attacks of September 11th. Among the first aircraft flying over the hostile countryside are EC-130s of the 193rd Special Operations Wing, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. This unit, unique in the Air Force, broadcasts radio programming in AM, FM, high frequency plus television signals targeted at the populace affected by the operation. Known as “psychological warfare,” the unit’s mission is to inform enemy soldiers and non-combatants alike of what the United States is doing and why. Where large populations of civilians are threatened these broadcasts will sometimes inform them of pending strikes so they can evacuate the area. The unit first saw active duty during the Vietnam conflict when two of their aircraft and all-volunteer crews, based in Thailand, flew missions along the Cambodian and Laotian borders with Vietnam, encouraging the enemy to give up. The 193rd was among the first Air Force units involved in the actions in Panama (1989), Desert Shield/Storm (1990-1991), Somalia (1992), Bosnia (1995), Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003).
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