NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for December 15, 2022

December 15th, 2022


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Helping a Hero, building a free home for a NCNG Disabled Veteran NCNGA 
NC Air Guard Retiree’s Breakfast NCNGA 
Save the Date: Tarheel Minuteman Foundation Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament! NCNGA 
Thousands of Pharmacies Will Return to Tricare in January 
Scholarship Applications Available! NCNGA 
Registration Now Available for NCNGA Convention and NCNG Military Ball NCNGA 
690th NCARNG Reunion 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 

Helping a Hero, building a free home for a NCNG Disabled Veteran NCNGA 

Do you know a veteran that would benefit from a free specially adapted home? Helping Hero is going to two homes to a deserving North Carolina National Guard Veteran. However, they can’t do it alone they need you to nominate someone. Learn more at

Use the attached nomination form and mail to with Helping a Hero Nomination in the Subject Line. Nominations are due March 1, 2023. If you have questions please contact Larry at 984-664-0308. DO NOT use the online nomination form.

NC Air Guard Retiree’s Breakfast NCNGA 

The NC Air National Guard, 145th Airlift Wing has scheduled our annual Retiree’s Breakfast this year for Friday, February 3rd, 2023! We’re going to be reaching out to the Retiree Emails we have on file, so please network with your fellow retiree’s to make sure they get the word and to ensure widest possible dissemination. We want to get the word out to as many of our retired members as possible. If anyone wants to sign up on our email list, just have them send me and email at the address below. The Chief’s Council, sponsors of the event, look forward to seeing you in February. It’s not necessary to respond to this email, or to RSVP, we’ll keep you updated and I’ll send out additional emails between now and the event. We look forward to seeing everyone, again Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !!

Terry Henderson
Airmen & Family Readiness Program Manager
N.C. Air National Guard, 145th Airlift Wing
4930 Minuteman Way, Charlotte, NC 28208
Off (704) 398-4949 Cell (980) 721-4019

Save the Date: Tarheel Minuteman Foundation Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament! NCNGA 

The Tarheel Minuteman Foundation, with the help of Carolina Trace Country Club will be holding a Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament on April 24, 2023!






Thousands of Pharmacies Will Return to Tricare in January 

About 2,000 independent pharmacies will rejoin Tricare’s network next month, the company in charge of administering the pharmacy benefits confirmed Friday.

“Since we issued the new solicitation on Dec. 1, we are pleased that more than 2,000 pharmacies have accepted the terms and will rejoin the Tricare network, and other pharmacies still have several more days to respond,” Express Scripts spokesperson Justine Sessions said in an email.

That brings back a fraction of the nearly 15,000 pharmacies that left the network in October, which prompted outrage from advocacy groups, lawmakers and patients.

Pharmacies that accepted the contract will be back in the network Jan. 15. The deadline for responding to the contract offer is Thursday.

Many of the 14,963 retail pharmacies that were dropped from the network Oct. 24 declined the contract to stay on because of lowered reimbursement rates they said would mean they had to operate at a loss. They also said they were blindsided by the October date, thinking they would stay in the network until the end of the year.

Other pharmacies were unaware their wholesaler or agency that represents them in negotiations had declined the contract on their behalf.

The reduction affected an estimated 400,000 Tricare beneficiaries, the Defense Health Agency told the Congressional Research Service in a report released last week.

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Scholarship Applications Available! NCNGA 

Scholarships Applications are available online today until February 1 for college students and high school graduates and March 1 for high school seniors.

Click Here to Learn More and Apply!

690th NCARNG Reunion NCNGA 

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

Tickets-At-Work: Members get Discounts on Tickets NCNGA 

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



This Week in NCNG History NCNG Museum 

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

December 15th — Today in Guard History National Guard 

(TX) suffers heavy losses in capturing this town on the road to Cassino, south of Rome. The battle was recorded by film maker John Huston and shown as a documentary in American theaters. Even before the film hit the theaters many Americans knew the story of one of the participants in this attack, Captain Henry Waskow. He enlisted in Company I, 143rd Infantry, 36th Division, Texas National Guard in June 1935. By the time of this battle he had risen through the ranks to captain, commanding Company I.He and the men of his company were made famous through the stories of the newspaper reporter Ernie Pyle, who accompanied them during much of the campaign. Pyle had a nationally syndicated audience and his stories were followed across the country. Unlike many reporters, he did not focus much on the ‘big picture’ battle stories, preferring instead to highlight the individuals involved in the actual fighting on the frontlines. Pyle was often referred to as the “soldier’s voice.” In this role he wrote often about Waskow and his men. One of Pyle’s best-remembered stories told of the story of the death of Waskow on December 14, while trying to capture San Pietro. He described how his men removed his body from the battlefield strapped over the back of a mule and how they, tough, seasoned veterans of months of combat, wept over his loss. Pyle’s writing was so touching that many readers felt they had lost a friend themselves without ever having known Waskow.

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