November 24th, 2022
IN THIS EDITION:
Digital edition of NATIONAL GUARD is here! NGAUS
EANGUS Roll Call: Drill Weekend Talking Points – NOV 2022 NCNGA
Registration Now Available for NCNGA Convention and NCNG Military Ball NCNGA
690th NCARNG Reunion NCNGA
2022 Commemorative Ornament Now Available NGAUS
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
November 24th — Today in Guard History National Guard
- Close to the Fight – The war in Ukraine has touched many U.S. units, but none more than a Florida Guard task force.
- Net Positive – The Army National Guard is a big player in shaping the future Army network.
- Conference Recap – Speakers invoke conference theme, tell NGAUS attendees the Guard is central to the nation’s defense, and will remain so in the future.
- Hurricane Ian – More than 5,000 Guardsmen helped Florida recover from Hurricane Ian after communities in southwest and central Florida were hit by the storm.
Cybersecurity Skills Integration Act
Interpreted by Kevin Hollinger
Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) introduced H.R. 9259-Cybersecurity Skills Integration Act on 31st October 2022.
The Cybersecurity Skills Integration Act aims to develop a critical infrastructure workforce well-versed in cybersecurity best practices and aware of the threats targeting them. Whether changing default usernames and passwords or avoiding clicking on links in phishing emails, an educated workforce is vital to protecting our homeland security.
The bill would create a pilot program within the Department of Education to award competitive grants to education-employer partnerships for developing, implementing, and expanding postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that integrate cybersecurity into curricula preparing students for critical infrastructure sector jobs. It would ensure that workers training for in-demand occupations in these industries are ready for today’s cyber threats. The bill would authorize $10 million for such grants.
Critical infrastructure refers to “systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters” (42 U.S.C. 5195c(e)). Across the sixteen critical infrastructure sectors, which include agriculture, energy, health, and transportation, most service providers are private sector organizations. Yet malicious cyber actors across the globe have targeted critical infrastructure here and abroad to harm their adversaries. In 2021, a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline shut down the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. for several days, leading to gas shortages and soaring fuel prices across much of the east coast. While this attack could have been much more damaging, it was a stark reminder of the disruption caused by cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.
Many critical infrastructure companies rely on cyber-physical systems (also known as industrial control systems [ICS] or operational technology [OT]). These systems combine physical devices like precision machine tools, electrical distribution panels, and medical devices with network-connected controls. As a result, cyber intrusions targeting critical infrastructure OT systems can have severe, real-world impacts. Throughout the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian cyberattacks have targeted Ukrainian utilities, telecommunications, and financial sectors to sow discord and complement conventional military operations. In 2017, another troubling incident occurred when the Triton malware, which affects Schneider Electric safety equipment, allowed hackers to remotely take over a petrochemical refinery’s safety instrumented system, which could have caused the release of toxic chemicals from the plant, creating catastrophic health concerns in nearby areas.
Workers in critical infrastructure sectors must be ready to help defend their systems. Many workers, including those who operate OT systems in transportation, medical, manufacturing, and electrical fields, are trained through CTE programs. CTE equips students with the technical and academic skills to succeed in high-skill and in-demand industries through classroom and work-based learning. Investing in high-quality CTE based on education and industry collaboration is crucial to building a solid workforce. For high-stakes critical infrastructure industries, programs must incorporate cybersecurity education.
Cybersecurity education helps students ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and safety of the systems they operate. As more systems become “Internet-enabled” or “smart,” cybersecurity education must be fully integrated throughout CTE programs, as physical safety practices are embedded. While an electrician is always taught to close and lock the “hazard” door behind her, she may plug in an ethernet cord and walk away, leaving the entire network vulnerable to cyber intrusion. We must ensure this doesn’t happen.
We know that this bill would help standardize training within the military and civilian worlds. This would mean our servicemembers across the National Guard would receive the same qualifications and training as their civilian counterparts. This would open a job market for our enlisted personnel into high-paying employment.
EANGUS Healthcare Survey
EANGUS invites you to take a brief 30-second survey to provide your feedback on the importance of healthcare and your military service.
Donate now to help National Guard families affected by the hurricanes
The impact of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian is being felt throughout Puerto Rico, Florida, and the entire southeast. The hurricanes and their associated storms and flooding have devastated the lives of Americans across the region. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are on duty and answering the call to help others in these areas, while many of their own homes and property were also affected. The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) is soliciting donations for the National Guard Relief Foundation so that we can help those National Guard members and families in need. We have already heard of at least a half dozen Soldiers in Puerto Rico who have lost their homes, and we’ve received grant applications from over 30 more Puerto Rico Soldiers and Airmen (so far) who need to replace basic household goods and food that was lost due to widespread power outages. With the most recent devastation that occurred across the State of Florida, we expect to receive a large number of grant applications from those Soldiers and Airmen over the next few weeks or more as they start their recovery process.
The National Guard Relief Foundation is here to help; however, with the significant losses caused by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian and projected future needs, we are asking for your help. Please consider making a donation to the National Guard Relief Foundation to show your support for our Guard Family. All disaster relief donations received will be used to provide direct support to those in need. The EANGUS We Care for America / National Guard Relief Foundation is a 501c(3) charitable organization so your donation is tax-deductible.
Donations for our Disaster Relief Program are being accepted on our website.
For more information about the National Guard Relief Foundation, or if you know of a National Guard member impacted by these hurricanes, or another catastrophic situation or financial hardship, please refer them to our website. Applications for grants and no-interest loans are being accepted now – eligibility criteria are shown on our website. Membership in EANGUS is not required to apply for assistance. Questions may be directed to email@example.com
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What: 690th NCNG Reunion
When: January 28, 2023
Where: Kings Restaurant, Kinston, NC
Time: Doors open at 5:00PM Dinner at 6:00PM
Cost: $20.00 per person
RSVP by January 6, 2023
If you are interested in attending email Faye Tripp at TRIPPF@ECU.EDU
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.
Please join us for the 14th Annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. See attached flier for information on the tournament.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
November 24th — Today in Guard History National Guard
“Eagle Base,” Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina – The U.S. Army formally ends its peacekeeping mission in this troubled land after a nine year commitment. During that period Guardsmen and women from every state played an important role in helping to create an atmosphere safe enough for normal life to return, for the nations of the area to repair their damaged infrastructure, often with Guard assistance, and bring some stability to the Balkans region. Of the 12 operational divisional headquarters having responsibility over the American portion of the multi-national force, five were drawn from the Army Guard. These were the 28th, 29th, 34th, 35th and 38th Infantry Division headquarters. The Guard presence became even more important in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, as many Regular Army troops were moved to other stations in the support of the War on Terror. Not one American soldier was killed by hostile action in the area during this entire period. In fact, evidence indicates that the American commitment to maintaining the peace was truly appreciated by most of the people of the region, with many expressing sadness when the soldiers departed for home. A small number of American troops remain in neighboring Kosovo under a separate mission tasking.
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