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  1. 1. Tarheel April/May 2013Guardsman Are Your Bags Packed? Please join us for the 2013 NCNGA and NCNG Combined Event!See pages 6-7 When? for more 25 – 27 April 2013 information. (Hurry — Where? registration Winston-Salem, NC ends15 April 2013!) There is so much to see and do inWinston-Salem;we hope to see you there!
  2. 2. A TAG’s s I look ahead to the next few months, a magnificent event, I know I can count on the continued and I encourage our commitment and resiliency of our Soldiers, Airmen andforce. Our organization is determined and their families to come Cfocused on providing the most ready, reliable, out to this social eventrelevant and responsive military force to in record numbers andour State and Nation. Sequestration, which enjoy the fellowshiphas dominated most of the recent headlines that comes with servingpresents a challenge, but also offers us anopportunity to demonstrate our commitment toserving our fellow citizens. in the North Carolina National Guard. As I have said o This sequestration uncertainty combineswith the effects of operating under aContinuing Resolution (due to lack of a current many times, we cannot forget the contributions that our civilian r nDefense Budget) and may cause heightened employers provide.concerns. With that being said, the operational We have enjoyedability of the NC National Guard to fulfill our overwhelming support evital, dual mission requirements in support of from the employers ofour State and Nation will not be diminished. our Service members I say these things to remind us all to be and they continue to becognizant of the fiscal challenges that may a vital part of our team rdirectly affect our ability to train and maintain that we will recognize Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Luskour readiness. We, however, may soon find throughout 2013. I Adjutant General of NCourselves postponing planned events until highly encourage all ofsuch a time that the requisite fiscal resources our Soldiers and Airmen to honor their employers by submitting themand authorities exist that will enable their for ESGR awards. It only takes a few minutes, but will go a long wayoccurrence. In spite of these challenges, towards showing our support and thanks for the important role they playhowever, the approaching spring season is in the security of our state and our nation.abundant with planned activity. Again, thank you all for what you do in adding value to our As the seasons change, our state is also communities. I look forward to visiting with as many of you as I cangoing through some exciting changes as this spring. Don’t hesitate to contact me, Air Guard Commander Brig.well. We have celebrated working with our Gen. Todd Kelly, State Command Chief Warrant Officer CW5 Ricknew legislative counterparts and government Comer, State Senior Enlisted Leader CSM John Swart or Air Guardleaders over the last few months. State Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Pickett with any I am very excited to mention, as well as concerns or attaboys. You can find us on Face Book, if nowhere else.extend an invitation to all of our Soldiers, Always Ready, Ready Team!Airmen and their families, to attend our firstever “National Guard Association and NCNGCombined Event”, which will be held at theTwin City Quarter in Winston-Salem, 25-27 óóApril. The NCNG Association has put together — CONTACT INFO — NC Adjutant General – MG Greg Lusk NC Command Chief Warrant Officer Rick Comer http://www.facebook.com/NCAdjutantGeneral http://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-Command-Chief-Warrant- http://twitter.com/NCTAG Officer/261726843901458 http://www.twitter.com/NCCWO NC Assistant Adjutant General Air – Brig. Gen. Todd Kelly http://facebook.com/NCAirAAG NC Command Chief Master Sergeant Chief Master Sgt. Bruce http://twitter.com/NCAirAAG Pickett http://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-State-Command-Chief- NC Senior Enlisted Leader – Command Sgt. Maj. John Swart Master-Sergeant/330777956943662 http://www.facebook.com/NCCSM http://www.twitter.com/NCCmdChief http://twitter.com/NCSCSM TAG email contact: pao@ng.army.milPage 2 – Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013
  3. 3. TARHEEL GUARDSMAN Official publication of the North Carolina National Guard Association APRIL/MAY 2013 Volume 47 Number 2Contents:NCNGA:Legacy Bridge Program 4Convention Information 6,7Legislative Update 92013-14 Executive Council Candidates 13In Memoriam 14By-Law Amendments 14 Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last MondayNC National Guard: of May. It was formerly known as DecorationNew License Plate 8 Day. This holiday commemorates US menNC State Senator Joins NC Guard 10 and women who died in military service for514th Trains with Robots 12 their country. Officers Executive Council Combined Event 2013 — Come Early and Enjoy the Activities! President 30th HBCT Thursday - Ronnie Honeycutt Bobby Lumsden NCNGAEF Golf Tournament Joey Douglass NCNGAEF Reverse Drawing Vice President 130th MEB Friday - John Atkinson Explore Winston-Salem Robert Holland NCNGA Business Session Past President David Lewczyk Corporate Members and Exhibitors Fisk Outwater 60th Troop Command Hospitality Rooms Dale Baker, Jr. Dance - casual dress Secretary-Treasurer Tom Holcomb Saturday - Adene Tyler 449th TAB NCNGA Business Session Stephen Davis (election of officers) Judge Advocate Corporate Members and Exhibitors Mark Pickett Rick Fay Combined Event Ball 113 Sustainment BDE th Chaplain Stephen McCormick Address changes or questions? Charles Morrison Scot Heineman Contact us at 1-800-821-6159 or 919-851-3390 JFHQ-NC ncnga@bellsouth.net or www.ncnga.org STAFF Wes Morrison Executive Director Jeremy Davis The Tarheel Guardsman, (ISSN 10618392) is published bi-monthly for the Army and Air National Guard of North Carolina, by the North Carolina Adene Tyler 139 Regiment (CA) th National Guard Association, 7410 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-5047. Periodicals postage paid at Raleigh, NC 27676-9651. POSTMASTER: Send Insurance Administrator Steve Boyles address changes to: Tarheel Guardsman, 7410 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-5047. Teri Foster John Byrd The Tarheel Guardsman is the official publication of the North Carolina National Guard Association, a non-profit organization. The publication’sAssistant Insurance Administrator Air Guard mission is to promote the general welfare of the NCNGA, assist in increasing Rhonda Arndt Scott Harrell the readiness of the NC Army and Air National Guard of North Carolina and serve as a vehicle of expression for members of the National Guard. Executive Assistant Warren Newell Members receive the publication free with their membership. The annual subscription rate for non-members of the Association is $15.00. Please include Kathy Ford Associate Class your old address when requesting change of address. Deadline for submitted material to the Tarheel Guardsman is the 5th of theNCNGA Educational Foundation Al Rose month, two months preceding the calendar date of issue. Manuscripts and photographs on subjects of general interest are invited. Unless otherwise Administrator Peggy Robinson Bob Suber indicated, material may be reprinted provided credit is given to the Tarheel Guardsman and the author where listed. Articles and photos will not be returned, unless requested. (USPS 533-640) Advertising is accepted. For details contact the Association headquarters. Teri Foster, Editor Advertising, including political ads, published in this publication does not represent the endorsement or approval of the North Carolina National Guard Association. Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013 — Page 3
  4. 4. Legacy Bridge ProgramL ast year, Active Associate be our main income sources and the Legacy Bridge Program will Representative Al Rose introduced close. a program that is designed to Long-term, we hope to reach an investment fund goal of $3financially carry the Association through million. At that point, even at a modest 4%, the Association couldour present fiscal transition period. As we survive indefinitely should our insurance and new revenue sourcesmove from a system where we depended on take a hit during lean times.our investments and insurance premiums to Please consider joining us in the Legacy Bridge Program. And,pay our Association’s expenses to one that if you would like to remember or honor someone, please considerwill rely on new revenue sources to cover making a donation in their name. Take a few minutes to fill out theour budget, the Legacy Bridge Program will application and to write a check. Al and his team have started us inprovide the interim funds to meet budget the right direction. It is up to us now to make it happen.costs until the transition is complete. Our Questions? Please call us at 919-851-3390.projection is that this should occur within2-3 years, and as such it is a closed end *Our Newest Members of theprogram. The short-term plan is to use the income Legacy Bridge Program:from the Legacy Bridge Program until our 241. Carl L. Peoplesnew revenue sources come on-line allowing 242. Barrie S. Davisus to insulate our investments so that theyare allowed to grow over the long-term. 243. Diana StumpfAt the end of 2-3 years, the new revenue 244. Ben Willissources, along with insurance premiums, will *As of press time NCNGA LEGACY BRIDGE PROGRAM DONATION Name: Mailing Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: ( ) NCNGA Life Member: Yes No Unit: Rank: E-Mail Address: ( ) I would like to make this donation in honor of ( ) in memory of ( ) $100 Donation (Donations are not tax deductible) Return Application & Payment To: $25 Quarterly Installments _____ $100 Full Payment _____ _____ Check _____ Money Order _____ Master Card/Visa (Add $2 credit card fee) NCNGA ATTN: Legacy Bridge Credit Card Information: Program Acct #__________________________________________ Exp Date: ___________ 7410 Chapel Hill Road 3-digit Sec Code:__________ Signature: ____________________________________ Raleigh, NC 27607-5047Page 4 – Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013
  5. 5. Special Forces Train with Association Moldovan Military Report By Ronnie Honeycutt, NCNGA PresidentA s we prepare for the upcoming NCNGA and NCNG CombinedEvent, I reflect back on the pastyear since our last Convention, andwonder where the time has gone. Yourcommittees and full-time staff have beenvery busy these past 12 months ensuringour Association is relevant and strong.With your support, their efforts haveallowed the Association to sustain ourmember benefits, in spite of looming Albermarle, NC — Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion,budget deficits and cuts and have created 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), recently trained with fiveadvancements in our Social Media and Moldovan Special Operations Battalion Soldiers. The MoldovanFinance so important in today’s fast military and North Carolina National Guard have shared a strongpaced and fiscally restrained world. joint-training relationship since 1999, as part of the State Partnership During the 52nd convention business Program (SPP). The State Partnership Program links US states withsessions, I will present a report detailing partner countries for the purpose of supporting US security coopera-where we are as an organization, what tion objectives. The programs goals reflect an evolving international affairs mission for the National Guard using the unique civilian-mili-our Association has accomplished this tary nature of the Guard to interact with both active and reserve forcespast year and what we must do to remain of foreign countries. (US Army Photos by Sgt. Lindley Bess, 382ndone of the strongest state associations in Public Affairs Detachment)the nation. Our past, our present and our futureall indicate that it is a time for us to reach 210th Soldiers Learn New Languageout to all members, both civilian anduniform wearing members of our NorthCarolina National Guard, and encouragethem to get involved with theirAssociation. If anyone tells you that theycannot afford to be involved, I wouldcounter that being involved is somethingthat they must afford. While this is my last composition toyou as your President, I will continue tobe present and vocal for you as we moveforward together. That is simply who I Six soldiers from North Carolina National Guard’s 210th Military Police Company (L-R Spc. Kyle Barnett, Staff Sgt. Robert Randolf,am. Staff Sgt. Antonio Stringham, Mr. Tazagul Hussein, Staff Sgt. Gur- Thank you for the trust you have vis Brooks, Sgt. John Lambert, Sgt. Christopher Cabana) pose for abestowed upon me and for this truly photograph in the final phase of an intense six week Dari languagewonderful opportunity. and Afghan cultural training course at NC National Guard’s 139th God Bless you all! Training Brigade Training Center at Fort Bragg, NC. The 210th, based in Franklin, NC, is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan this spring. (US Army Photo by Maj. Matthew DeVivo, North Carolina Public Affairs) Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013 — Page 5
  6. 6. NC National Guard Association & NCNG Combined Event Registration Twin City Quarter, Winston-Salem, NC 25-27 April 2013 Association First Rank Member ConventionRegistrant’s Name _____________________________________ __________ Yes No Yes NoSpouse/Guest Name ___________________________________ __________ Yes No Yes NoAddress ________________________________________________________ Unit:City_______________________________ State________ Zip____________ ______________________Telephone ____________________________E-mail_____________________________________________ COMBINED EVENT REGISTRATION FEES Saturday Dinner Choices Attendee: Spouse/Guest: Retirees & Spouse/Guest By 31 March *After 1 April (based on rank at retirement) Per person Per person Total  Beef  Beef Chicken  Chicken  E1-E4 & Spouse/Guest $20 $30 $ Vegetarian   Vegetarian E5-E7/WO1-WO2/O1-O2 & Spouse/Guest $35 $45 All other ranks & Spouse/Guest $40 $50 Seating Preference (if any) _____Joint Force Headquarters Non-Military $35 $45 _____145th Airlift Wing Child(ren) (meal only) $20 $30 _____60th Troop Command Credit Card Fee $3 _____130th MEB _____30th Armored Bde Combat Team TOTAL $ *We are unable to accept registration AFTER 15 April 2013 _____449th Theater Aviation Brigade _____113th Sustainment Brigade Attending Business Session: Attending Friday Dance: _____139th Regiment (Combat Arms) Member: Friday Yes No Member: Yes No _____Retirees Saturday Yes No Spouse/Guest: Yes No _____Open Seating Method of Payment: ____Check enclosed (payable to NCNGA) ____Charge my: ____MasterCard ____Visa Account #________________________________ Expiration date ____________3 digit security code ______ Authorized Signature ____________________________________________________________________ There will be a $23 Fee for Returned Checks. Complete & Return To: NCNGA, 7410 Chapel Hill Rd. Raleigh, NC 27607 (Or Fax to: 919-859-4990 Or Call: 919-851-3390) Links to on-line registration and hotel registration are available on our website at: http://www.ncnga.org/CombinedEvent2Page 6 – Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013
  7. 7. COMBINED EVENT NC National Guard Association INFORMATION &T he North Carolina National Guard NC National Guard Association’s Annual Convention, and the Enlisted Ball and Officer Ball are Combined Eventjoining forces in April for a special weekend 25-27 April 2013of fun, fellowship and camaraderie. This eventwill be held 25-27 April 2013 at the Twin Tentative Schedule of EventsCity Quarter in Winston-Salem, NC. Whatis the Twin City Quarter? It is comprised ofthe Marriott Hotel, Embassy Suites Hotel and Thursday, 25 April 2013Benton Convention Center — all connectedwith a covered walkway and in beautiful, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Educational Foundation Golf downtown Winston-Salem. Tournament - Tanglewood Golf For one registration price, you can attend Club, Clemmons, NCthe Business Sessions and learn about YOURAssociation, attend the Friday night hospitality 6:30 p.m. - until Educational Foundation Reverse rooms and dance — and then attend the grand Drawing - Winston-Salem Armoryfinale: The Combined Event Ball. If you are able to come on Thursday, you Friday, 26 April 2013can participate in the NCNGA EducationalFoundation’s golf tournament and later that 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration/Exhibitors/ Silent Auctionevening, try your luck at winning $4,000 at the Foundation’s annual Reverse Drawing (ticket 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. First Business Sessionrequired). Then you will have most of Friday 52nd Annual Conventionto enjoy a visit to Old Salem, the downtownarts district, the Winston Cup Museum for 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Enlisted/Junior Office Forumrace fans, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, shopping, or golf before joining the 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hospitality Rooms OpenAssociation for their activities on Fridayafternoon/evening. 8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Dance/DJ/Cash Bar Are you a regular attendee to the NC National Guard Association Annual Convention? If so, don’t worry — this is going Saturday, 27 April 2013to be a unique event and a lot of fun. There 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration/Exhibitorswill be a lot of attendees for the dinner anddance on Saturday evening, and the dress will 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Silent Auctionremind those of you that have been attendingfor quite a few years of the “old times” when 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Second Business Sessionwe used to dress up for the Saturday evening Awards & Installation Ceremoniesevent. It is going to be fun and different — come 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. NCNGA Auxiliary Business Sessionearly and don’t miss this event! Already registered, but didn’t indicate 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Unit Representative Workshopyou would be joining us on Friday for theBusiness Session or dance? Give us a call at 12:00 noon Enlisted Awards Luncheon1-800-821-6159 — we hope you will join us 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Educational Foundationfor the whole event! Annual Meeting Hotel info: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Social Hour/Cash Bar/Hosp. Rms Marriott Hotel - 1-800-320-0934 5:45 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Dinner/Dance/Cash Bar Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013 — Page 7
  8. 8. ATTENTION RETIREES! On April 25-27, 2013, the North Carolina Association office at 7410 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 no National Guard Association will conduct its later than April 15 in order for us to begin serious planning. 52nd Annual Convention at the Twin City If you are planning to attend the convention and would be willing Quarter, Winston, NC. to assist in the setup, operation of and cleanup of the area, please A retiree group will again sponsor a include a note along with your donation. retiree hospitality room which will be located Our association has provided many benefits for our membership in the Marriott Hotel, one of the two event over the years. We enjoy the benefit of the State Retirement Plan facilities. This initiative will provide us an every month! Please seriously consider sending a donation today, and opportunity to maintain connectivity between come have a great time and make our hospitality room the place to be. active guardsmen and those of us who are Please feel free to contact those listed below if you have any retired. questions or concerns. We are again excited about continuing a retiree hospitality room for the third straight John Atkinson Kerney Peoples year, but it takes money and volunteer help 910-739-3567 919-389-7725 to continue this event. The purpose of this Al Rose Gene Ray article is to request your support. We would 704-491-4797 RAYG7356@GMAIL.COM like you to consider a donation of $10 to $25. Checks may be made payable to: Retiree Steve Blackwood Hospitality Room—2013 and mail to the 919-724-0625 NEW: “IN GOD WE TRUST” LICENSE PLATE - NCT he Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund, Inc. is proud to announce that the updated design for our “In God We Trust” license plate is now available in NC. The new design features “In God We Trust” (the official motto of the US), the American Eagle (the national emblem, symbol of freedom, authority and power), the US Flag(representing our expression of patriotism), theletters S and A (Soldiers and Airmen), a whitebackground behind the numbers and NorthCarolina in red (representing the energy andstrength of our great state). The “In God We Trust” is the mostpatriotic specialty license plate in North Visit our website www.saaf-nc.com/license-plate for orderingCarolina. Of the extra $30 annual fee for the information or visit www.ncdot.gov/dmv. Click Online Services Tab,specialty tag, $20 goes to Soldiers and Airmen Order Personalized & Specialized Plates, order Special Plate, click “I”Assistance Fund to support the citizen soldiers to locate “In God We Trust” plate and click on the image. You will needof the North Carolina National Guard. your vehicle registration card to order. “The theme of this plate is a true Do you have the plate with the yellow ribbon on it and would likeexpression of our patriotism. Our goal was the new one? If so, stop in at your local DMV office and ask them toto design a plate that every North Carolinian order you the new “In God We Trust” plate. Make sure you tell let themwould be proud to put on their vehicle. We know if you want to keep your same number or change it.now have a plate that is attractive, with theright colors, that stands out and makes people NC National Guard Convention 26-27 April in Winston Salemnotice. We hope everyone will help us honor The first one hundred to purchase theour Guardsmen, our veterans and those “In God We Trust” license plate while attending thepresently serving our country,” said Dennis convention, will receive a free Baqubah print. Plus, $20 ofRoach, retired Sergeant Major and Director of your purchase is tax-deductible.the SAAF.Page 8 – Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013
  9. 9. 2013 NCNGA Legislative BreakfastBy Marshall Collins, Legislative Committee ChairmanT his past February the North Carolina and thereby provide superior knowledge skillsets to state leadership to National Guard Association had the support the people of North Carolina. opportunity to host approximately The members of the state legislature were very appreciative of the15 State Senators, 37 State Representatives, opportunity to interact with the members of the North Carolina Nationalnumerous Legislative Staffers, members of the Guard Association and members of the National Guard, and pledged toNorth Carolina National Guard, and Association do their best to meet the logical needs of members of the North Carolinamembers. (Legislators that attended are listed National Guard. However, they also relayed an honest opinion to theon back cover of magazine.) The Association current fiscal environment of the state. As the Chairman of the Legislativeheld the annual breakfast in the North Carolina and Resolutions Committee, the opportunity to address our electedLegislative Building Cafeteria. Due to the legislature concerning two issues of such importance indicates that if thebeginning of the State Legislature’s Long opportunity presents itself, our members of the state legislature will do theirSession, the timing of the breakfast provided the best to insure that we continue to have the tools, to recruit and retain theAssociation with the best opportunity to reach best and brightest of North Carolina to support the citizens of the state.the state legislators with our courses of action. To the men and women of the North Carolina National Guard, if given The breakfast was opened by Association an opportunity to speak with your state legislator, please speak to thesePresident Ronnie Honeycutt, who welcomed two issues. These two items will impact not only you, but potentially youreveryone and thanked them for their attendance neighbors as well.and attention. We then had the opportunity forour Adjutant General, Major General Greg Lusk,to also welcome the legislators, and thank themfor their past and continuous support. Following Lawmakers Plan to Enhance Guard RetirementMajor General Lusk’s comments, I had theopportunity to speak to the legislators about thetwo main issues the North Carolina National NGAUS Washington ReportGuard Association is pursuing: A return of theTuition Assistance Program to pre-Enduring (Feb. 12, 2013) Members of Congress in both chambers are planning toFreedom and Iraqi Freedom deployment funding introduce legislation long supported by NGAUS that will give Nationallevels, and an increase to the North Carolina Guardsmen proper credit toward retirement benefits.National Guard Pension for qualifying North Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., will joinCarolina National Guardsmen. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, as sponsors of bills that would overturn the For the Tuition Assistance Program, the current policy regarding early retirement credit for members of the reserveNorth Carolina National Guard Association is component.requesting a current increase of $978,000, which The current policy from 2008 allows the minimum retirement agewould return it to a pre-911 level of $2,841,000. for reserve component members to be moved up three months for everyThis would provide most members of the North 90 days they spend on overseas deployments. (The 2008 NationalCarolina National Guard the opportunity to enroll Defense Authorization Act directs that age 60 shall be reduced by threein higher level education, and provide North months for each aggregate of 90 days of active duty service performedCarolina National Guard recruiters a tool to supporting a contingency after Jan. 28, 2008. The total reduced shallencourage individuals interested in the National not be below 50 years of age.) Guard further reason for their affiliation. Next However, all of those 90 days must fall within one fiscal year. Ifis a proposed increase in the North Carolina circumstances beyond the control of the reserve member cause those 90National Guard Pension. The Association is days to cross into two fiscal years, no credit toward retirement is earned.proposing raising the North Carolina Pension The legislation not yet introduced would correct this technicality.benefit approximately $20 for the minimum “This is bad policy and unfair to the men and women who serve inaffiliation upon retirement, or from $95 to harm’s way,” said Pete Duffy, the NGAUS acting legislative director.$115 per month, to a maximum benefit of $230 “Consistent with our longstanding resolution, we will push hard for thisper month. An increase to the pension benefit legislation to become law once it has been introduced.”would require an increase to the North Carolina Duffy said NGAUS will distribute a Legislative Alert to associationNational Guard Pension Fund of $2,187,672. The members once the bills are introduced.increase would benefit the state by encouraging See more at: http://www.ngaus.org/newsroom/news/lawmakers-plan-current members of the North Carolina National enhance-guard-retirement#sthash.SnPoI0zu.dpuf.Guard to continue their affiliation with the NorthCarolina National Guard beyond the minimum, Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013 — Page 9
  10. 10. NC State Senator Joins NC National GuardBy SFC Robert Jordan, NCNG Public AffairsRALEIGH, NC – Dan Soucek is used to the constitutions of the United States and North Carolina.halls of power. He interacts with legislative “It is important that the legislature has first-hand knowledge of thestaff as a North Carolina state senator Guard,” said Soucek.representing the 45th district and is an expert Soucek, served previously as an Army aviator for eight years onin international relief with Samaritan’s Purse, active duty, resigning his commission in 1999. He will drill as a leadermeetings with business and civic leaders and in the NCNG recruiting and retention battalion.other constituents and even breakfast with Soucek brings not only vast civilian experience and an officer’sNorth Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. leadership to the Guard but is also a valuable tie between government, Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at military and community.the North Carolina National Guard Joint “It isForce Headquarters, he had a very different great to haveexperience - meeting his commanding officer. a legislator “I always respected those in the legislature in the Guardwho served in the military,” said Soucek. and serving He met his new commander, Army Maj. in the GuardGen. Greg Lusk, the adjutant general of North will help meCarolina at his office. They shook hands and there,” saidspoke about Soucek’s experience with Young Soucek.Life, a nonprofit youth organization, and Truly aSamaritan’s Purse. citizen-soldier, “We (the Guard) want you to stay Soucek, afterconnected with our youth, they are our future being sworn inleaders,” said Lusk. by Maj. Gen. The conversation soon changed to Lusk, asked ainternational affairs - an area where both men leader in hisshare expertise. new battalion “You will have plenty of opportunities for permission With a stroke of the pen, North Carolina State Senatorwith our state partners in Botswana and to come to the Dan Soucek joined the North Carolina National GuardMoldova,” said Lusk. “Commanders will next drill at as his new commanding officer Army Maj. Gen. Gregbe looking for economical and experienced headquarters Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina, looks on. Capt. Soucek will drill as a leader in the NCNG Recruiting andforces. That’s where we come in.” right after the Retention Battalion. “At the capitol I’m a legislator, here Before taking on these tasks from his legislature a captain,”said Soucek. Soucek served previously as ancommander, Soucek needed to swear into adjourned for Army aviator for eight years on active duty; resigning histhe NCNG. He stood at attention, raised his the day. commission in 1999. (US Army Photo by SFC Robert Jor-right hand and recited the oath to uphold the dan, North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs) NCNG Soldier and other Charlotte CHARLOTTE, NC – The uniform of retired NCNG Captain Jared Rorrer is on display inside of “Boots Residents Share Pictures of Iraq War on the Ground: Charlotte Perspectives on the War in Iraq” exhibit at the Levine Museum for the New South. Retired NCNG Captain Jared Rorrer took many photos during his deployment which are on display thru July 2013. The photographs and stories of five Charlotte residents, including Rorrer, paint the walls of a room on the second floor inside the Levine Museum of the New South and offers visitors a unique opportunity to see thru the eyes of Soldiers, see what they saw, feel what they felt, and lived with and without on a daily basis. The photographs and stories depict life from the perspective of a Soldier, a newspaper reporter and an Iraqi National in a war-torn nation during Opera- tion Iraqi Freedom II in 2004. (By Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen, NCNG Office of Public Affairs)Page 10 – Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013
  11. 11. Our Hero — 1LT Ashley I. WhiteFriends and family of the 230th Brigade selflessly served and her actionsSupport Battalion, 30th ABCT of North exemplify the highest commitmentCarolina National Guard invite you to become to duty, honor and country.a permanent part of a memorial honoring our Ashley was not only a Soldier,fallen Soldiers of the North Carolina National she was a beloved daughter, sister,Guard who have given the ultimate sacrifice. and wife. She loved to run, workout, On 22 October 2011, one of our fellow spend time with her family, playOfficers and Soldiers was killed during combat with her Siberian Husky, drinkoperations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. coffee, and be in the company ofThe assault force she was supporting triggered friends. Her passionate and caringan improvised explosive device. self will be deeply missed. 1LT Ashley Irene White was assigned to Please consider purchasing athe 230th Brigade Suport Battalion, 30th ABCT, brick to help support this memorialNorth Carolina Army National Guard located in honoring our fallen Hero or ain Goldsboro, NC. 1LT Ashley White served fallen Hero of your own. A memorial will be constructed at the Unit’sas an Evacuation Platoon Leader. Armory located in Goldsboro, NC. While serving as a member of the If you are interested in supporting this great cause and to honor ourCultural Support Team attached to a Joint fallen service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice, you canSpecial Operations Task Force, Ashley White either purchase a Memorial Brick that will be added to the Memorial by going to this website at https://www.brickrus.com/order/whitememorial "Proud To Be An and chose from one of our 12 designs. Memorial Bricks are $150 without a logo and $158 with a logo. With the purchase of a brick, American Day" you will receive a certifiate with the name of your loved one you have chosen to honor. You can go to http://honorourhero.com/home_page. Walstonburg php to veiw the brick choices. Celebration Not interested in a brick? That’s ok, too! You can send donation amounts in the form of a check or money order to the: NCNG AWS Date: Fund, c/o 230th BSB, ATTN: SFC Steven Flowers, 700 US Highway April 20, 2013 117 BYP South, Goldsboro, NC 27530. Location: Thank you so much for your support in honoring our hero 1LT Walstonburg American Legion, Ashley White, and fellow service members who have dedicated their 102 South Main Street lives to freedom! Walstonburg, NC If you have any question, please contact : LTWhite@honorourhero.com. This is our 5th year. An event to honor our Veterans, Military, The North Carolina Department and fallen Heroes. All branches of of the American Legion service are invited. Active and Retired Personnel. Thanks You for Your Service to Please come and invite someone. Our State and Nation! "HELP US PASS THE WORD" We invite you to visit any of our 334 For more information: Posts, statewide, visit our website Ray Holloman www.nclegion.org, rayholloman@embarqmail.com email us at nclegion@nc.rr.com, 252-714-3954 or call 919-832-7506. Gary Langston tlangston.ecr@embarqmail.com “For God and Country - 252-717-7073 Still Serving Proudly.” Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013 — Page 11
  12. 12. 514th MP Co Trains with RobotsBy Erica Fouche, Combined Joint Task Force PaladinBAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – On Jan. strained from picking up too much weight or replacing camera component.24 to 26, 90 members of the N.C. National “All robot repair facilities in theater operate with the same capabilities, butGuard’s 514th Military Police Company received Bagram’s shop serves as the main hub,” states Guerra. “We operate 24/7a standard robot operator’s familiarization course because the missions are carried out around the clock.” Making themselvesby the Joint Robotic Repair Detachment (JRRD). available at any time is just one of the many ways the Robotic technicians The MP unit has been stationed at Bagram are supporting the warfighters. for almost six In addition to themonths, but recently training, the JRRD engineersreceived orders to and technicians will sit downlearn how to operate with the operators afterthe PackBot 510 missions to gather feedbackFasTac robot for and recommendations thatpotential use on ultimately allow the robotsfuture missions. “We to better support the C-IEDaren’t exactly sure missions. “We can do awhen we’ll have the lot here in the shop, but ifopportunity to use it’s out of our realm, we’rethese robots in the quick to contact the differentfield,” admits Spc. manufacturers and let themSamuel Starling, know what alterations should“but my experiences be made to their designs,”have taught me that said Guerra. “We try toit’s always better gather as much input asto have the training possible because that’s theand not use it than to need that knowledge and only way we’re going to be able to improve our mission.”never have received it.” The MPs are preparing As the 2014 withdrawal of NATO forces approaches and troop levelsto provide convoy security during retrograde decrease, robotics use has been steadily rising. “During the first part ofmissions, which will entail moving supplies from our tour the only people who used robots on their missions were EODvarious forward operating bases back to Bagram. technicians,” recalls Samuels. “The robots themselves can be a part of any“We can already tell that the PackBots will allow route clearing mission as much as any team member, dragging or liftingus to search under and inside vehicles without up to 100 pounds, but the robots are a lot easier to replace than a serviceus physically having to approach it, so that member so we’re really excited to gain this capability.”capability will definitely come in handy if it’sever needed.”  NCNGA Educational Foundation Bagram’s JRRD, or Robot Shop as it’scommonly known, pulls double-duty as a Combined Event Activities:counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED)training facility as well as one of five robot repair Thursday, 25 April 2013 - Golf Tournament - Tanglewood Golf Club,facilities in Afghanistan. “Our technicians teach Clemmons, NC - Application on web site - http://ncnga.org/combined-groups here at the shop at least twice a month,” event-2/said Sgt. 1st Class Guerra, Theatre PEO GroundCombat Systems NCOIC. “But if they can’t Thursday - 25 April 2013 - Reverse Drawing - Winston-Salem Armory,come to us, we’ll send the technicians out to 2000 Silas Creek Pkwy. Tickets are $40 each for a chance at winningtheir locations from one of the different shops $4,000 - dinner for two is included in price of ticketto ensure our service members are utilizing therobots to their fullest capabilities.”  Friday - Saturday - 26-27 April 2013 - Silent Auction - Marriott Hotel During the fighting season, the Robot Shopcan receive anywhere from 60 to 100 robots a Saturday evening - 27 April 2013 - Drawing for $2,000 raffle ticketweek in need of repair and although that numberdrastically decreases to 20 robots a week in Tickets can be purchased from any NCNGAEF Board member or bythe off season, that is still a lot for their staff calling Peggy Robinson at 1-800-821-6159 ext 5.of twelve. The majority of the repairs consist (You do not have to be present to win for any of the drawings/raffles.)of replacing an arm or gripper part after beingPage 12 – Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013
  13. 13. NGAUS Conference — 690th BSB News Join Us in Hawaii! 135TH NGAUS GENERAL CONFERENCE On 2 March, the 690th BSB Vipers conducted a Change of Responsibility and Change of Command ceremony in Kinston. HONOLULU, HI Col Jones, 113th SB Commander, and CSM Gill, 113th SB CSM, 20-23 SEPTEMBER 2013 were present to witness the historical event. Outgoing Battalion Commander, LTC Jones and acting CSM, 1SG Bullins, wereA NGAUS tradition, the annual conference replaced by LTC Godwin and CSM Webster.(Submitted byallows members to gather and vote on the MAJ Eberly, 690th BSB AO/SPO)top legislative priorities for NGAUS, shareinformation and celebrate the camaraderieof being National Guard and NGAUSmembers. Candidates for the 2013-14 Join us in Hawaii and network withmore than 4,000 fellow National Guard NCNGA Executive Councilmen and women from all 50 States, Guam, President: Bobby Lumsden – 30th ABCT Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the Vice President: Jeremy Davis – JFHQ-NCDistrict of Columbia. Members and guests Brent Orr - JFHQ-NC of the NCNG will be staying in the Hyatt JFHQ-NC (one seat): Steven Johnson - JFHQ-NCRegency Waikiki. Diana Stumpf – JFHQ-NC• We will host a hospitality suite in 30th ABCT (one seat): Brian Alkire – HHC 30th STB the Hyatt Regency Waikiki for daily meetings and Hospitality Night 130th MEB (two seats): Robert Holland – Det 1 882nd EN CO• We have 30 rooms blocked at the Hyatt Chris McCurry – Det 1 878th EN CO at $159 (+taxes/fees) 60th TRP CMD (two seats): Dale Baker – Btry B 5-113th FA• Registration is $200 and includes Velma Evans – 60th Troop Command tickets to the Governor’s Reception, All States Dinner, Convention Center 449th TAB (one seat): Colby Hammonds – HHC 1-130th ARB exhibits and events, and daily access Patrick Szvetitz – 449th TAB to refreshments at the North Carolina 113 SUS BDE (one seat): Miriam Gray - HHC 113th SUS BDE th National Guard’s hospitality suite. 139th RGMT (CA) (two seats): David S. Eaton – 139th RGMT For more information, contact MAJ James McKee – 139th RGMTBrian McIlvaine, 1636 Gold Star Dr, Air National Guard (one seat): Barbara Doncaster – 145th MSGRaleigh, NC 27607 or 919-791-6419 ornc.ngaus@gmail.com. (You can also go to Junior Council (one seat): Dustin Butcher – HHC 30th ABCTwww.ncnga.org and click on Membership/ Timothy Stanhope – HHC 113th SUS BDENGAUS for more links to the NGAUS Active Associate Class (one seat): Larry Hosch – Charlotte, NCwebsite.) It’s not too late for you to run for office! Applications will be accepted in our office until 15 April 2013. Contact Teri Foster at teri.gregory.foster@ gmail.com or 1-800-821-6159 ext 1. (as of 3/7/13) Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013 — Page 13
  14. 14. Proposed Amendments — Articles of Incorporation & By-Laws NCNGA — 52nd Annual ConventionAMENDMENT #1 or in-state during the inclusive dates of the convention, may assign voting proxies in accordance with the following procedures:Explanation: To amend the By-laws toeliminate the unit delegate system, but a. Proxy can be issued on unit basis only.maintain the proxy system. b. Properly executed proxy certificates must be attached to Delegate1. Present Wording: Article VIII - Delegates Certificate from unit assigning proxy not later than thirty (30) days prior to convention convening dates.SECTION 1: Each active National Guard unitshall elect one official delegate who shall be a c. Proxy votes are applicable to “ballot” votes only.member of the unit and the Association, to theannual meeting. Delegates selected from the SECTION 4: The Associate Class may elect one official delegate who shalljunior membership are encouraged. be a member in good standing of the Association.SECTION 2: All units shall hold a meeting Proposed Wording: Article VIII - Proxiesof the Association members at least sixty (60) SECTION 1: Units that cannot have a member at the convention because ofdays prior to the annual meeting for the purpose official training, mobilization, deployment status out of the state or in-stateof electing an official delegate to represent the during the inclusive dates of the convention, may assign voting proxies inunit at the annual meeting, such delegate to be a accordance with the following procedures:member in good standing of the Association. ACertificate of Delegate Status shall be forwarded a. Proxy can be issued on unit basis only.to the Nominating & Credentials Committee b. Properly executed proxy certificates must be submitted from unitthirty (30) days prior to the convention or assigning proxy to the NC National Guard Association not later than thirtydelivered to the convention site. The certificate (30) days prior to convention convening dates.must be signed by the Commander or theirdesignated representative. c. Proxy votes are applicable to “ballot” votes only.SECTION 3: Units that cannot have a delegate d. Representatives casting proxy votes must be a member in goodat the convention because of official training/ standing of the NCNGA. The representative, in addition to the proxymobilization/deployment status out of the state vote(s) cast, is also entitled to vote as a member. Listed below are those members (and In Memoriam non-members), spouses and dependent children that have recently passed away. Brian H. Collins Fredrick M. Dudley Below are individuals Fayetteville, NC Jonesville, NC not mentioned in the 10 January 2013 9 February 2013 FEB/MAR issue, Foy N. Jones James D. Honeycutt that passed away Sanford, NC Charlotte, NC prior to 19 January 2013 9 February 2013 January 9, 2013: James H. Royall Larry D. Benthall, Jr. Jimmy O. Huffman, Sr. Goldsboro, NC Son of Larry D. Rutherford College, NC 21 January 2013 Benthall 13 February 2012 Det 2 Co A 690th BSB Jerry W. Eckard Gates, NC Walter F. Pate Newton, NC 12 February 2013 Goldsboro, NC 30 January 2013 13 December 2012 Anthony G. Butler Zachary G. Willetts Fayetteville, NC 883rd EN CO – SAPPER 26 February 2013 Wilmington, NC 2 February 2013 If we have missed someone, please contact the Editor, Teri Foster at teri.gregory.foster@gmail.com or 919-851-3390 ext 1.Page 14 – Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013
  15. 15. 2013 NCNGA Discount Ticket Order Form Quantity Total $Carowinds/Kings Dominion — Valid at either park - $33.00 for ages 3 & up.(Carowinds opened March 29: Kings Dominion opened March 29)(Carowinds price at gate $56.99/$39.99 - Jr/Sr — Kings Dominion price at gate $61.99/$39.99 - Jr/Sr)Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park Adult Tickets-$27.00 for anyone over 48” tall.(Park open May 25 - Sept. 2)Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe Junior Tickets - $19.00 for anyone under 48” tall.*Tickets can also be ordered online at www.emeraldpointe.com. Call NCNGA for Corporate Code.** Busch Garden Ticket Prices had not been determined as of press time. Subtotal Please check our website for their prices - www.ncnga.org/benefits. Credit Card Fee +$3.00Type of Payment: ___ Check ___ Money Order ___ Master Card ___ Visa Total Due $Make checks or money order payable to NCNGA. A fee of $23 will be charged for any check returned due toinsufficient funds or a check written on a closed account. If checks remain unpaid, Commanders will be notified.Credit Card Information: Account #_____________________________________________________Exp. Date _____________________ 3 Digit Security Code:_____________Name on Card: __________________________________________ Signature _______________________________ When ordering tickets, please allow one week for deliveryMail tickets to: Name: _______________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________ State: _________ Zip code: _________________ To order tickets, send check, money order, MasterCard or Visa information to: NCNGA, 7410 Chapel Hill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607 or call 1-800-821-6159, ext. 2 for Kathy Ford Tickets — *The NCNGA pays for tickets as they are sold; we are unable to provide refunds if tickets are unused. *Tickets are mailed the day the request is received. *Ticket info is also on our website: www.ncnga.org ATTN: INSURED MEMBERS OF THE NCNGA — HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR BENEFICIARY LATELY? Deadline for submitting articles for the June/July issue We have experienced several claims in the past year where ben- of the eficiaries had not been updated and ex-spouses received the death Tarheel Guardsman: benefits of the member’s NC National Guard Association Group Life Insurance. Have you had a change in your marital status? If 1 May 2013 so, please contact us to ensure your beneficiary is who you think it is! Call 919-851-3390 ext 1 (Teri Foster) or ext 2 (Rhonda Arndt) Tarheel Guardsman — April/May 2013 — Page 15
  16. 16. Tarheel Guardsman Periodicals NC National Guard Assoc. U. S. Postage 7410 Chapel Hill Road PAID Raleigh, NC 27607-5047 Raleigh, NCHow to reach us:919-851-3390800-821-6159 (in NC only)ncnga@bellsouth.net - emailwww.ncnga.org - website 2013 Legislative Breakfast Attendees Senators Attending Representatives Attending Breakfast Breakfast Stan Bingham Bill Rabon Dean Arp George Graham Joe Sam Queen Jim Davis Shirley Randleman Marilyn Avila Kelly Hastings Nathan Ramsey Kathy Harrington Bob Rucho C. Robert Brawley Yvonne L. Holley Bobbie Richardson Brent Jackson Norman Sanderson Mark Brody Craig Horn Dennis Riddell Gene McLaurin Dan Soucek Rayne Brown Pat Hurley Stephen Ross Louis Pate Jerry Tillman Rob Bryan Bert Jones Jason Saine Earline Parmon Mike Woodard Dana Bumgardner James Langdon Bob Steinburg Ronald Rabin Justin Burr Pat McElraft John Szoka George Cleveland Deb McManus Evelyn Terry John Faircloth Chris Millis Joe Tolson Carl Ford Larry Pittman Rena Turner Valerie Foushee Michele Presnell Ken Waddell Harry Warren The NCNGA thanks all those that attended and for your support! See page 9 for article