October 20th, 2022
IN THIS EDITION:
Registration Now Available for NCNGA Convention and NCNG Military Ball NCNGA
2022 Commemorative Ornament Now Available NGAUS
NC State Fair holds annual tribute to military members past and present CBS17
The Connector: A Weekly Newsletter of Veterans Bridge Home National Guard
Join Us At 14th Annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament NCNGA
Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA
This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum
October 20th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Registration is now open for the 2023 NCNGA Convention and NCNG Combined Ball!
March 10-11, 2023
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The National Guard Educational Foundation’s Annual Commemorative Ornament is now available.
Following the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, Europe entered a time of uncertainty as new democracies emerged. The National Guard Bureau saw an opportunity to leverage the skills and versatility of citizen-soldiers and airmen at the grassroots level to maintain stability in the region.
The Guard’s dual federal and state missions made it ideal to demonstrate effective democratic institutions, pursue humanitarian assistance and develop crisis management mechanisms across institutions. This idea formed the basis of the State Partnership Program, which officially established its first partnerships on April 27, 1993.
On this ornament are the national flags of the 13 partner countries that joined the program in 1993 and are still active today. They represent the partnerships of Maryland and Estonia; Michigan and Latvia; Pennsylvania and Lithuania; Tennessee and Bulgaria; Texas/Nebraska and the Czech Republic; Ohio and Hungary; Vermont and North Macedonia; Illinois and Poland; Alabama and Romania; Indiana and Slovakia; Colorado and Slovenia; Arizona and Kazakhstan; and California and Ukraine.
Now available online at www.ngef.org.
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — On Wednesday, the North Carolina State fair paid tribute to the men and women who serve in our U.S. military during its annual Military Day Parade.
Drums and flutes played and faces were smiling as the Athens Drive High School marching band and North Carolina A&T drumline walked the fairgrounds celebrating the men and women who risk their lives to keep their fellow Americans safe.
Kent Yelverton, state fair manager, said this is a representation of what the state of North Carolina stands for.
“It’s a day we get to honor the military, past and present, to show our appreciation for what those military members and their families have done to sacrifice for our freedom,” Yelverton said.
CBS17 spoke with an Air Force veteran and an Army National Guard member about what this means for them.
“I feel honored. I feel honored that they’re doing this at the state fair for everyone that has been in the military; not just the Army but for everyone. So I feel honored that we are able to be here today to see it,” Gail Sims, a Army National Guard member, said.
” I think it’s really an honor and really good that they have something like this that recognizes the veterans,” U.S. Air Force veteran Mike Hollett said.
The parade followed with a morning program and military band concerts scheduled throughout the afternoon along with other activities until 6 p.m.
“North Carolina is such a military state. All the military installations we have here, all the military personnel. It’s a big part of our state and the North Carolina State Fair is here to represent North Carolina and military is a big part of that,” Yelverton said.
For more information on military discounts for fair attendees, click here.
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October 20th — Today in Guard History National Guard
Washington, DC – Major General Donald McGowan, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and other Reserve Component directors are given a Top Secret briefing in the Pentagon regarding the impending crisis in Cuba. This followed the discovery of Soviet nuclear missile sites being constructed on October 18th. President John Kennedy would announce this intelligence to the world in a televised speech on October 22nd, causing worldwide concern of a nuclear war. After the President’s speech, a number of Guard units, primarily Air Guard fighter groups, were given alert notifications that they might be called up if the crisis deepened. Although officially in a training status, all of these units began operating at an increased tempo, which included flying along American coastal areas to keep watch for suspicious activity. However, with the Soviet agreement to withdraw the missiles, tensions began to subside, so no Guard units were mobilized during the crisis.
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