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    • TarheelJUNE/JULY 2012Guardsman NCNGA 51st Annual Convention (see pages 4-5)
    • TAG’s Corner you is a sensor, because as you discuss your Guard service, why you serve and why it’s important to our community, you will hear what people think of what we do. That feedback is just as important - maybe more so - as the outgoing message.Guard Team: This column is only one method for getting the conversation startedIt’s been some time since this magazine has with you and, indeed, our public at large.had a column from the adjutant general. With Last January, we launched social media pages for our senior leaders.this installment, that changes. And it’s in line Assistant adjutant general for air Brig. Gen. Todd Kelly, state Commandwith the campaign plan objective of achieving Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Pickett, state Command Sgt. Maj. John Swart,effective strategic communication. Command Chief Warrant Officer Rick Comer and I all have Facebook Why is a TAG column important when it and Twitter pages (see our links at the end of this article). I recentlycomes to meeting the strategic communication launched a video blog that is posted to YouTube and the Defense Visualobjective? Simply put, communicating with Information Distribution System (DVIDS). All of this effort allows usthe command, our families, retirees, employers to tell you what’s on the collective mind of the North Carolina Nationaland other stakeholders draws our total team Guard.together, gets us all on the same page and Maybe most importantly, all of these communication methods allowmeans all of us pull together when it comes to you to react and respond. And I want you to do so. Send me an email.telling the Guard story. Message me on Twitter. Post a comment to Facebook. Become a part of Perhaps at no other time in history has the dialogue. If you don’t communicate with me, pick one of our othertelling that story been more important. Guard leaders, but make your voice heard.North Carolina, like every other state, faces Bottom line, we all must pull together to showcase the extraordinarychallenges like never before. After more organization that serves our state and our country so well.than a decade of conflict, our force is the So, I hope you will take the time to read this new feature and thenmost experienced, reliable and responsive take the time to send me some feedback. I’m proud to serve as adjutantever. Those capabilities, coupled with our general, but that pride doesn’t come from occupying the office. It comescost effectiveness, make us the best military from working with the nearly 12,000 men and women who make up thebargain for the nation and the state. As we North Carolina National Guard. You’vestare down a state and national budget crisis, proven you’re up to the task of prosecutingwe must work together to ensure lawmakers, two overseas wars at the same time as wellthe public and all of our stakeholders as using your skills to help the people ofunderstand the value we bring to the table. all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in You can help. Every time you put on the times of natural disaster. I know you’reuniform and step out in public, every time up to telling the Guard story even as yousomeone asks you about your Guard service, prepare for whatever new missions lieevery time you speak to a civic group, make ahead. Thanks for being always ready!a presentation at a school or talk to a town, Always Ready! Ready team!county or federal official, you become amessenger for the North Carolina National MG Greg LuskGuard. And nobody tells the Guard story The Adjutant Generalbetter than those who wear the uniform. On http://www.facebook.com/NCAdjutantGeneralthe other end of the spectrum, every one of http://twitter.com/NCTAG C N.C. Assistant Adjutant General Air Brig. Gen. Todd Kelly http://facebook.com/NCAirAAG O http://twitter.com/NCAirAAG N N.C. Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sgt. Maj. John Swart T http://www.facebook.com/NCCSM A http://twitter.com/NCSCSM C N.C. Command Chief Warrant Officer Rick Comer T http://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-Command-Chief-Warrant-Officer/261726843901458 http://www.twitter.com/NCCWO I N.C. Command Chief Master Sergeant Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Pickett N http://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-State-Command-Chief-Master-Sergeant/330777956943662 http://www.twitter.com/NCCmdChief F TAG email contact: pao@ng.army.mil OPage 2 — June/July 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
    • TARHEEL GUARDSMAN Official publication of the North Carolina National Guard Association JUNE/JULY 2012 Volume 46 Number 3 Contents: Raise your NCNGA: flag as we Convention 4-5 celebrate Legacy Bridge Program 10 Flag Day on Educational Foundation Golf Tournament Results 14 June 14th and NC National Guard: the birth of Guard Leaders Visit Deployed Troops 6,7 our country Running to Honor Fallen Comrades 8,9 & 13 Len Adams Memorial Golf Tournament 15 on July 4th! Officers Executive Council Address changes or questions? 30th HBCT Call us toll free in NC at President 1-800-821-6159 or if Ronnie Honeycutt Scott Schnack out of state, 919-851-3390. Bobby Lumsden Our email address is Vice President 130th MEB Bernie Williford ncnga@bellsouth.net Diana Stumpf and our web site is Past President Russell Thorington www.ncnga.org Fisk Outwater 60th Troop Command Tom Holcomb Deadline for submitting articles to the Secretary-Treasurer Dale Baker, Jr. Tarheel Guardsman: Adene Tyler 449th TAB Judge Advocate Thomas Underwood AUG/SEP issue: 2 July 2012 Rick Fay Stephen Davis 113th Sustainment BDE Send articles/photos to Teri Foster, Chaplain Billy Hill Editor at the NCNGA (7410 Chapel K. Carl Singley Stephen McCormick Hill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607-5047) or JFHQ-NC email (terieakes@bellsouth.net) Charlene Johnson STAFF Wes Morrison The Tarheel Guardsman, (ISSN 10618392) is published six times a year for the Army and Air National Guard of North Carolina, by the North Executive Director 139th Regiment (CA) Carolina National Guard Association, 7410 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-5047. Periodicals postage paid at Raleigh, NC 27676-9651. Adene Tyler Ronald Hill POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Tarheel Guardsman, 7410 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-5047. Insurance Administrator K. Todd Helms The Tarheel Guardsman is the official publication of the North Carolina National Guard Association, a non-profit organization. The publica- Teri Foster Air Guard tion’s mission is to promote the general welfare of the NCNGA, assist in increasing the readiness of the NC Army and Air National Guard of Assistant Insurance Administrator Wendy Larsen North Carolina and serve as a vehicle of expression for members of the Rhonda Arndt Scott Harrell National Guard. Members receive the publication free with their membership. The Executive Assistant annual subscription rate for non-members of the Association is $15.00. Associate Class Please include your old address and unit when requesting change of Kathy Ford address. NCNGA Educational Foundation John Sweat, Jr. Deadline for submitted material to the Tarheel Guardsman is the 5th of the month, two months preceding the calendar date of issue. Manuscripts Administrator Al Rose and photographs on subjects of general interest are invited. Unless oth- erwise indicated, material may be reprinted provided credit is given to Peggy Robinson Junior Council the Tarheel Guardsman and the author where listed. Articles and photos will not be returned, unless requested. (USPS 533-640) Lonnie Brooks Advertising is accepted. For details contact the Association headquar- ters. Advertising, including political ads, published in this publication Teri Foster, Editor Leverne Jackman, Jr. does not represent the endorsement or approval of the North Carolina National Guard Association.Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org June/July 2012 — Page 3
    • The President’s Report By President Ronnie HoneycuttI would ask everyone if they had a good time I am even more excited about the direction and possibilities of our at our 51st NCNGA Annual Convention but Association. how could you not have enjoyed our event. MembershipLet me explain, we were away from work, Some would say that we are doing very well, and we should be satisfiedhad great fellowship, great hospitality rooms, with 82% membership. Our Membership is what gives us the voice thatwe were at the beach and we accomplished is heard by our Legislators. The larger the membership, the louder OURimportant Association business. With that said, VOICE. This is why we need everyone to belong to not only our Statelet us hear from you, I am very interested in Association but our National Associations, EANGUS and NGAUS.your input and especially how we can improve. Finance I would like to recognize all who ran for We must continue the course of financial security and at the same timeoffice this year. This is not an easy decision to allow our Association to prosper and grow. This is of course a long termmake and one that I truly recognize. Let’s be plan of action, but one that we have begun and must continue to travelhonest here, you put your name on the ballot for the sake of all our Soldiers and Airmen.because you cared enough to put your personal Legislativeconcerns aside and your North Carolina Our goal here is to continue to inform and gain support for our NCNGANational Guard Association appreciates your State Legislative Action Plan. We also need a greater support of allservice before self attitude. It’s what makes our Legislative alerts from EANGUS and NGAUS. To make this happenAssociation so great. we must encourage our Soldiers, Airmen as well as our friends and So, what are our goals for this coming family to contact their state and federal Legislators. I would first askyear? I have shared a detailed account with ourincoming and existing Executive Council, what you to find out who your Legislators are for where you LIVE and wherewas discussed this time last year, concerning you DRILL. It does not require a whole lot of conversation, only thatour goals. With the invitation to review and you are a constituent within their district and a member of the Northmake suggestions of where we are now, and Carolina National Guard, and you would like their support. You willwhere we want to be this time next year, these find that they want to hear about your experiences as a Guard memberare our goals. and anything they can do to help. Please go to our website (www.ncnga.Junior Enlisted Council (JEC) org) and click on LEGISLATIVE ISSUES.Support and develop a plan of action for our I am very honored to lead our Association for a second term. IJEC to work on the issues and address the promise to keep our Association moving in a direction that is beneficialconcerns of our younger force. Now that the for all our members. If you ever have any questions or concerns, pleaseJunior Members have a seat at our table, do not hesitate to let me know. President Award RecipientsThe President’s Award was created to recog- rison has attended almost every Council meeting since his appointment andnize an individual who renders extraordinary has done an excellent job of keeping us on the straight and narrow path!service to the Association and the President The other recipient is Reggie Hill (below, receiving his award fromduring the year. One of this year’s recipients is President Honeycutt) for his extraordinary support of the Association. Reg-Chaplain Charles Morrison (photo below) for his gie has been involved in the Association for many years and gone aboveyears of devoted service to the Association as the callof duty in promoting the Association, not ony in his unit, but acrossChaplain for the past four years. Chaplain Mor- the state. He has represented the Association for over 20 years as a Unit Representative, most of those years achieving the Outstanding Unit Representative Award, worked on committees, supported the Education- al Foundation and has always been available to assist the staff when needed. Congratulations to Chaplain Morrison and Reggie Hill, and thank you for all you do!Page 4 — June/July 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
    • Scenes from our 51st Annual Convention CONVENTION 2012 Turnout for the 51st Annual NC National Guard Asso- ciation Convention was very good - approximately 370 members, guests, and exhibitors attended. At the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes, there was a lot of business to conduct and elections were held to elect your 2012-13 Executive Council. (A list of the Officers and Executive Council are on page 3 of this issue - contact information for them is on our website - www.ncnga.org.) Everyone had time to enjoy the sand, surf and sun (when it popped out between the clouds!) during their free time and, in the evenings, there were hospitality rooms, a dance and various other activities for everyone to enjoy in the Myrtle Beach area. Convention 2013 will be something new for all of us, so stay tuned for the date and location in our next issue of the Tarheel Guardsman. Photos by Tori McKoy and Beverly BizzellTarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org June/July 2012 — Page 5
    • Director of Army National Guard Visits Camp ArifjanBy Maj. Matt DeVivo, 113th Sustainment Brigade Public AffairsCAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Lt. Gen.Bill Ingram, Jr., Director of the ArmyNational Guard, visited the 113th Sus-tainment Brigade and other NationalGuard units here recently. The trip gave Ingram the opportu-nity to visit and talk with Guardsmenand to see for himself the health andwelfare of Army National Guard Sol-diers in Kuwait. Ingram is responsiblefor formulating, developing and co-ordinating all programs, policies andplans affecting the Army NationalGuard and its more than 350,000 Citi-zen-Soldiers. His four-day trip began with a visitto the North Carolina Army NationalGuard’s 113th Sustainment Brigade, Town Hall Meeting with Soldiers from the 113th SUS BDE andwhere he met commanders, had lunch Lt. Gen Bill Ingram, Director of the Army National Guard.with troops, and conducted a town hall Americans during the devastating tornadoes that struck Joplin, Mo., inmeeting. The 113th Sustainment Brigade, also May 2011 and Guardsmen who gave their lives to protect innocent civil-known as the Steel Brigade, is deployed here ians and fellow comrades in Iraq and Afghanistan.in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. “Your service and professionalism has been monumental to our na-The unit is no stranger to Ingram; his previous tion,” Ingram said. “You are what every other nation’s soldiers want toposition was adjutant general of North Caro- be – an American Soldier, and I salute you.lina. “Keep up the good work, continue to make your state and nation Ingram spoke to the unit’s Soldiers after a proud, and come home safe,” he added.briefing by Col. David Jones, the brigade com- Ingram’s visit here is one of many trips he has taken around themander. world in recent months to meet with National Guard Soldiers and see “It’s wonderful to see old friends and fa- first-hand their missions and accomplishments.miliar faces, and I am extremely proud of all “I have been in this position for less than one year,” Ingram said.that the Steel Brigade has achieved,” Ingram “To do my job effectively, I decided to travel to as many places aroundsaid. “Your unit is only three years old, and the world where there are deployed Guardsmen, and in those travels,in that short time you have become one of the speak to as many National Guard commanders and troops deployed inpremier sustainment brigades in the Army.” the field as possible, walk on the terrain they walk on, and in so doing “High-level military logisticians in Wash- these trips will greatly help me during the many Washington debatesington, in Central Command, and in both the and policy decisions that lay ahead.”regular Army and Reserves know of the 113thSustainment Brigade and the hard work andassistance you have given in support of the Did You Know...Kuwait mission and Operation Enduring Free- As a member of the NCNGA, you are entitled to discountsdom,” Ingram added. from many businesses, nationwide and statewide. Listed be- Ingram attended a town hall meeting host- low are a few of them. If you would like a complete listing,ed by the Steel Brigade. Most of the soldiers’ please contact Kathy Ford at 1-800-821-6159, ext. 2.questions concerned the future force structureof the National Guard, budget constraints inhard economic times, and the Guard’s success Brake & Muffler Express, Inc. — 20% off goods and services.in executing state-level and worldwide mis-sions. ALL Call POC: James Bowling, Owner Ingram spoke passionately to more NEW (704)532-2000. Located at 6211than 300 Guardsmen about the sacrifices of Albemarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28212Guardsmen who rushed to the aid of fellowPage 6 — June/July 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
    • NC Guard Leaders Visit Deployed Soldiers in KuwaitStory and photos by Army Maj. Matt DeVivo, 113th Sustainment Brigade, Public AffairsCAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - The commander gade has been well trained, has dedicated leadership at all levels, and isand senior enlisted soldier of the North Caro- ready for whatever missions come their way,” Swart added.lina National Guard was in Kuwait recently to The trip included a tour of Kuwait Naval Base where the 113th SBvisit Soldiers from the 113 Sustainment Bri- th has four Army logistics vessels, which range from over 100 to 340 feetgade deployed here. in length and can transport various types of cargo all across the region. Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, the Adjutant “It’s amazing to realize all of the different missions the Sustain-General, and Command Sgt. Maj. John H. ment Brigade has to execute, and the vast distances that BrigadeSwart, the state Command Sergeant Major, Soldiers operate from in order to support military operations across thespent two days in and around Kuwait to meet region,” Lusk said of the 113th SB Soldiers deployed in Kuwait, Qatar,with mem- Kyrgyzstan andbers of the Afghanistan. “TheyGreensboro- are making a last-based 113th SB ing impression onand its subor- the future of logisticdinate units, support to Kuwaitto include and the war-fighterthe Winston- in Afghanistan.”Salem based “It was moti-1452nd Heavy vating for all theEquipment Soldiers from the Maj. Gen. Greg A. Lusk speaks with Soldiers of the 1452nd Heavy Equip-Transport Steel Brigade to see Maj. ment Transport Company from Winston-Salem, NC. 1452nd Soldiers wereCompany. Gen. Lusk and Command involved in the last U.S. military convoys out of Iraq in December, 2011. “Command Sgt. Sgt. Maj. Swart from theMaj. Swart and I really wanted to come over North Carolina National Guard,” said Col. David Jones, commander ofhere and see the 113th Sustainment Brigade the 113th Sustainment Brigade.and all its Soldiers,” said Lusk. “We wanted to The trip was organized through the Joint Monthly Access fortell them, eye-to-eye, just how proud we are of Reserve Components program, which is a USCENTCOM commander-their hard work and selfless service, and to see sponsored program that allows both Army Reserve and National Guardfor ourselves the broad range of missions that leaders to go visit their troops deployed in Kuwait or Afghanistan.the Sustainment Brigade is undertaking everyday to sustain units in Kuwait, Afghanistan,and elsewhere in Central Command’s area ofoperations." The 113th SB deployed to Kuwait inDecember 2011. The brigade is a critical The North Carolina Departmentlogistics command and was involved inthe final consolidation and disposition of the American Legionof equipment and resources from Iraq. Thanks You for Your Service toThe brigade also manages the flow ofcritical resources to US and allied forces Our State and Nation!in Afghanistan and across Central Com- We invite you to visit any of our 334mand’s area of operations. “This was a great trip,” said Swart. Posts, statewide, visit our website“The majority of our time here was spent www.nclegion.org,talking and visiting with the Soldiers andnot in a chair listening to briefs. From email us at nclegion@nc.rr.com,town hall meetings to meals with senior or call 919-832-7506.[noncommissioned officers], Maj. Gen.Lusk and I had some great conversations “For God and Country -and were able to discuss many topicswith the troops.” Still Serving Proudly.” Paid Advertisement “It’s easy to see that the Steel Bri-Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org June/July 2012 — Page 7
    • Airmen Honor Fallen Air Advisors Through Ruck Marchby Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Rojek, Defense Media Activity, U.S. Air Force5/1/2012 - FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, sacrifice may not have been captured as a whole,” Scott continued. “TheMd. (AFNS) — Walking almost 90 miles, 36 individual would have been honored at their base, but the mission of theAirmen completed the Air Advisor Memorial entire of the team would not have been recognized.”Ruck March from New York City to Joint Base Since all of the nine went through the Air Advisor Academy, Col.McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., April 26-27. John Holm, the academy’s commandant, decided that would be the place The march, which started at the One World to honor their sacrifice as a team, Scott said. Holm made plans to createTrade Center and ended at the Air Advisor a physical memorial, but a plethora of obstacles made it impossible toAcademy, was in remembrance of the deaths of complete the memorial by the one year anniversary of the tragic event. Onenine U.S. air advisors in Afghanistan. of the obstacles was funding. On the morning of April 27, 2011, an Holm and his team came up with idea of a ruck march to both honorAfghan Air Force lieutenant colonel walked the fallen air advisors and act as a fundraiser to help build the physicalinto the Afghan Air Command and Control memorial.Center at the Kabul Air Command Headquarters Scott was put in charge of organizing the march and, in just two weeks,and, without warning or provocation, opened succeeded in gathering people from Dover AFB, Del., to Eielson AFB,fire, killing eight active-duty U.S. Airmen and Alaska, for the march. Each marcher knew at least one of the nine fallen aira retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. Those advisors in some way.nine service members came from various bases “Master Sgt. Tara Brown and Maj. Phil Ambard both lived three andand specialties, but were working together for a four doors down from me in the dorms,” said Tech. Sgt. Brian Christiansen,common mission: advising the Afghan military. a photographer with the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C., who was “It was a unique situation,” said Lt. Col. deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan at the same time as the air advisors. “BothJ.D. Scott III, the march coordinator and chief were incredibly friendly people. And I met several of them (the morning ofof core knowledge at the Air Advisor Academy. the shooting) as I walked into my building and opened the door and they“It didn’t happen for a particular base. It didn’t walked out.”happen for a particular squadron or base or even Those personal connections to the fallen service members and theirfor a particular (Air Force Specialty Code). families drew the 36 marchers together, Scott said. “Because of that, remembering their “They were coming in from all over,” he said. “That’s kind of representative of the nine that we lost. They came from all over the Air Force to serve a single mission as an air advisor. So the marchers that were honoring them came from all over the Air Force to remember them.” Each paid their own way to New York City to honor their fallen friends and show their families that they haven’t forgotten their loved one’s sacrifice. The event also drew in another 14 volunteers to help with everything from transportation to food to health and care coverage. The marchers were broken up into four teams, each set to march three legs of 7.3 miles. During their leg, each marcher carried a ruck sack with a paver stone inside, each stone engraved with the name of a fallen air advisor and to be laid at the memorial on JB McGuire. Holm and his nine-person team kicked off the march at 9:11 a.m. April 26. However, rather than just start off near ground zero, the colonel wanted to do something more for his fallen comrades. “We wanted to honor them by doing something significant, and to me starting at the top of the World Trade Center was it,” Holm said. “We had those ruck sacks on the entire tour. It was all symbolic and important to us in our own personal, different ways. For me, it was probably the biggest single gesture we could do short of opening up (the academy’s) memorial ourselves.” (Continued on page 9) Team 1 of the Air Advisor Memorial Ruck March makes their way through New York City on April 26, 2012. The approximately 90-mile march, which started at the One World Trade Center and ended at the Air Advisor Academy, was in remembrance of the deaths of nine U.S. air advisors in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen)Page 8 — June/July 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
    • Airmen Honor Fallen Air AdvisorsContinued from page 8 The significance of the march touched a lot of numerous amounts of people from the front gate to the memorial lining thepeople along the way, starting with the One World street on both sides, just cheering us on in.Trade Center steel workers, who gave the Airmen “The fact that the base community just embraces us and cheered us in ona standing ovation as they marched through the those final steps, it’s very inspiring,” he added.structure. Other people along their route also It was an emotional moment for Christiansen as well. He was present atshowed their appreciation by stopping to give hugs, the base when the air advisors were killed and attended their dignified transferencouragement, thanks and even money toward the ceremony. However, each person was laid to rest in different locations aroundmemorial. the U.S., so he never got to have closure. As they traveled by foot from New York to “You see a road sign right there, ‘McGuire Air Force Base next left,’”New Jersey, state and local police departments Christiansen said. “That’s when it really started to hit in not that we’re allprovided escort, each district calling the next to going to do this, but this is for real. We’ve done this for the families, we’veinform them of what the Airmen were doing, Holm done this for our fallen brothers and sister. It was pretty easy to get caught upsaid. The marchers were even given a chance in the emotion there.to rest and eat at the fire departments in both “The ceremony of laying the bricks down was really powerful,” he added.Elizabeth, N.J., and Jersey City, N.J. It was a sign “It brought some serious closure.”of support of both the Airmen marching and the While the ruck march and stone-laying ceremony brought some closure forfallen air advisors, he said. Christiansen and others, the construction of the memorial itself is still ongoing. When the fourth team finished their last leg, However, between the pledges for the marchers, donations received duringthe marchers were 1.1 miles from the construction the march as well as T-shirt and brick sales, Holm estimated that the team hassite of the Air Advisor Memorial on JB McGuire. raised almost $10,000 toward the memorial just through this one event.All 36 marchers gathered together in formation and “We have that feeling that we did the right thing just by honoring ourmade their way through the base gate. What met comrades, regardless of what money we raised,” Holm said. “That was athem there was a surprise to all. tremendous feeling.” “Security forces closed down the road and The Air Advisor Memorial is scheduled to be unveiled July 27. For moregave us a police escort in,” Scott said. “There were information on the memorial, visit www.airadvisormemorial.com/home/Home. html.“Helping the Guard Take Care of Its Own”Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund, Inc. — Care of Its Own." The SAAF does not receive any funding from the state orThe fund, established by Colonel Aubrey McClellan, federal government. No General Fund appropriations have been made to thehas been helping North Carolina National Guard fund since 2007. We rely solely on donations from the general public and themembers and their families coping with extreme proceeds from our license plate.difficult situations since 1991. Designed to provide One way you can help our Soldiers, Airmen and their families is by pur-financial assistance to the families of Guardsmen chasing our “In God We Trust” license plate. The plates cost only $30 plus(Soldiers and Airmen) during deployments, it was vehicle registration fees, and for each plate sold, a $20 tax-deductible donationlater expanded to include all National Guard mem- is sent to the SAAF. License plates sales are a huge income resource for us andbers-even those not mobilized or deployed. In 2004, one of the only ways we can help provide for both our Soldiers and Airmen.the original name, Chaplain’s Fund, was changed Last year only 1,600 plates were sold in NC. We would like to double or tripleto the North Carolina National Guard Soldiers and that sales total this year in order to provide the level of assistance our return-Airmen Assistance Fund, Inc., approved as a public ing Guardsmen need to keep serving our state and nation. In order for us to donon-profit 501 (C)(3) charitable organization. that we need your support to help. There are currently over 12,000 Soldiers and Since 9/11, the North Carolina National Guard Airmen serving in the NC Guard who live and work in all 100 counties of ourhas deployed nearly 19,000 Soldiers and Airmen. state, not counting retirees... just look at the possibilities. “In uniform or retired,Some of these Guardsmen return from their deploy- concern and taking care of ourments with financial hardships, and physical or Soldiers and Airmen has andemotional scars which they must address without will always be a priority,” saidthe benefits of the services and support provided Dennis Roach, Director forto Active component members on military instal- the Soldiers and Airmen Fund.lations. They often must come to grips with the "This is certainly a great wayeffects of such conditions as depression, post to demonstrate your support.traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, Power is in numbers and itsphysical injuries, marital problems, unemployment, one caring person at a time It’s fast, easy and a great way to show yourunderemployment, homelessness, and sometimes, making a huge impact on support of our Guard families. Go to oureven suicide. continuing our Soldier and website www.saaf-nc.com, go to the last page The Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund Airmen Assistance Fund to “Make A Contribution” and learn how you can(SAAF) is dedicated to "Helping the Guard Take help our families in need." donate to the fund or order the license plate.Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org June/July 2012 — Page 9
    • Legacy Bridge ProgramL ast year, Active Associate Represen- ment fund goal of $3 million. At that point, even at a modest 4%, the tative Al Rose introduced a program Association could survive indefinitely should our insurance and new that is designed to financially carry revenue sources take a hit during lean times.the Association through our present fiscal Please consider joining us in the Legacy Bridge Program. And,transition period. As we move from a system if you would like to remember or honor someone, please considerwhere we depended on our investments and making a donation in their name. Take a few minutes to fill out theinsurance premiums to pay our Association’s application and to write a check. Al and his team have started us inexpenses to one that will rely on new rev- the right direction. It is up to us now to make it happen.enue sources to cover our budget, the Legacy Questions? Please call us at 919-851-3390.Bridge Program will provide the interimfunds to meet budget costs until the transi-tion is complete. Our projection is that thisshould occur within 2-3 years, and as such it *Our Newest Members of theis a closed end program. Legacy Bridge Program: The short-term plan is to use the incomefrom the Legacy Bridge Program until our 223. Leonard Harrisnew revenue sources come on-line allow- 224. Arnold W. Torberting us to insulate our investments so that 225. Wayne D. Thurmanthey are allowed to grow over the long-term. 226. Harold C. EarnhardtAt the end of 2-3 years, the new revenue 227. Johnnie M. Riggan in Memory ofsources, along with insurance premiums, will “So Many Guard Members and Friends”be our main income sources and the LegacyBridge Program will close. *As of press time Long-term, we hope to reach an invest- 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 10 — June/July 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
    • The Steel Chefs of Camp ArifjanBy Spc. Damian Flowers, 113th Sustainment Brigade Public AffairsCAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — Its 4:00 a.m. and afternoonhere and in addition to Soldiers working the shift supervi-night shift centers across post, there is another sor. “They aregroup of dedicated Soldiers working around hard workersthe clock. and we have That mission is to keep the Soldiers and fun workingcontractors here fed. with them.” “The Steel Brigade’s Zone 6 dining facil- Spc. Nata-ity (DFAC-6) staff is another group of 113th lie Isley, whosilent professionals exceeding the standard and works theexemplifying our brigade motto, ‘One Team, lunch shift,Twice as Strong,’” said Col. David Jones, said the staffcommander of the 113th SB. works hard to While there are other places here where get repeat cus-Soldiers can get a meal, the DFAC is the only tomers.place where the meals are free and nutrition- “Our Steel Brigade food specialists prepare food and cook,ally balanced to ensure all the correct food DFAC does its but they also manage the TCN staff, ensure hot and coldgroups are available. DFAC-6 can feed 6,000 best to please foods are served within health and sanitary guidelines,people a day during four separate meal times. and keep Sol- and serve as customer service representatives on theThe brigade also has Soldiers working at an- diers coming floor to assist Soldiers with comments or issues duringother Army dining facility located at the Port back and want- mealtimes. From left, Sgt. Dontae Lawson, Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Griffith, Spc. Joseph Akers, Spc. Veronicaof Shuaiba, close to Camp Arifjan. ing more of Regis-Jenkins, and Spc. Natalie Isley. “Midnight chow is one of the best meals our deliciousserved during the day, because it’s quieter and meals,” she said. Paid Advertisementwe get a lot of work done preparing for the According to the 113th crew,next day’s meals,” said Sgt. Dontae Lawson, their DFAC is also well-knownone of the DFAC’s cooks. Midnight chow is for its big holiday events whenserved from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. for those the staff Soldiers and TCNs deco-who work the night shift or simply wake up rate the inside of the facility withwanting a midnight snack. intricately carved foods and hang The DFAC staff agrees that being a food holiday decorations all acrossservice specialist involves more than just walls and on the tables. The Steeltaking head counts or cooking. Here, Steel Chefs of the 113th SustainmentBrigade food specialists prepare foods and Brigade can be counted upon tohelp cook them, manage the civilian staff, en- work hard on the DFAC floor andsure hot and cold foods are served according behind the counters, they said.to health and sanitary regulations, and are the “We make sure every meal iscustomer service representatives on the floor to hot and healthy and is served inassist Soldiers with comments or issues during a clean, safe environment,” saidmealtimes. Griffith. The Food Service Soldiers said their jobentails long hours and working closely with Would you like to seethe third-country nationals (TCN) working in your unit in the Tarheelthe DFAC and interacting with Soldiers from Guardsman? Send yourevery unit on post. photos and/or article to More than 100 TCNs work with the 113th’s terieakes@bellsouth.net.DFAC-6 crew. Coming from as far away as We will post it on our webIndia and the Philippines, they work closely site (www.ncnga.org) andwith their U.S. military counterparts. “They are very nice people,” said Staff publish it in the next is-Sgt. Jacqueline Griffith, the DFAC’s morning sue of the magazine.Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org June/July 2012 — Page 11
    • Investor Alert: Self-Directed IRAs and the Risk of FraudBy Barbara Bennett, Investor Education Specialist, NC Secretary of State Securities DivisionT he SEC‘s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and the North American SecuritiesAdministrators Association recently issued an Recent charges filed involving self-directed IRAs include scams invest- ing in medical technologies, real estate and commercial mortgage loans, foreign bonds, day trading, unregistered securities promoted at “free lunch”Investor Alert to warn investors of the potential seminars, and “guaranteed” annual returns of up to 20%. The total stolenrisks associated with investing through self- exceeded $391 million!directed Individual Retirement Accounts due to As with every investment, investors should undertake their ownrecent increases in reports and complaints. evaluation of the merits of a proposal, and always check with The Division While self-directed IRAs can be a safe way at 800-688-4507 about the background and history of an investment and itsto invest retirement funds, investors should un- promoters before making that final irreversible decision. For more infor-derstand the added risks. These investments are mation, I recommend checking out the article in the Division’s Octoberheld by a trustee or custodian who typically has 2011 newsletter at http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/sec/newsletter.limited duties to investors, and generally will not aspx?Year=2011 and what Investopedia has to say about self-directed IRAsevaluate the quality or legitimacy of an invest- at  http://www.investopedia.com/articles/retirement/08/self-directed-real-ment or its promoters. estate-IRAs.asp#ixzz1rw1UTb8l. A self-directed IRA permits a broader rangeof investment opportunities. Traditional IRA cus- Corporate Members - Thank you for your participation!todians are banks and broker-dealers that limitthe holdings in IRA accounts to firm-approvedstocks, bonds, mutual funds and CDs. Custo-dians and trustees for self-directed IRAs mayallow investing in retirement funds in other typesof assets such as single-family and multi-unithomes, promissory notes, tax lien certificates,structured settlements, joint ventures and privateplacement securities. While self-directed IRAsoffer investors investment opportunities notavailable through other IRA providers, invest-ments in these kinds of assets may have uniquerisks that investors should consider: • Possible lack of disclosure and liquidity •���������������������������������������������� Claim or suggestion that custodians investi- ��������������������������������������������gate and validate investment • Scarcity of or unaudited information To protect against fraud with self-directedIRAs:1.  Verify information in account statements.2.  Avoid unsolicited self-directed IRA offers.Fraud promoters often attempt to lure investorsinto transferring money from traditional IRAsand other retirement accounts into new self-directed IRAs.3.  Ask questions and check with the Secretaryof State Securities Division about the promoter’sregistration.4.�������������������������������������������������   ����������������������������������������������� Be mindful of “guaranteed” returns. All invest-ments carry some degree of risk.5.����������������������������������������������   �������������������������������������������� Ask a professional. The more complex invest-ment opportunity, the more important it is to geta second opinion from a licensed, unbiased in-vestment professional or attorney – especially ifit requires creating a new account outside a tra-ditional financial institution or well-recognizedbroker,Page 12 — June/July 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
    • Steel Runner — Sgt. 1st Class Rita Rice Runs 100 miles inHonor of Fallen Comrades from North CarolinaBy Maj. Matt DeVivo and Sgt. 1st Class Lee Klimala, 113th Sustainment BrigadeCAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait to complete a two-mile- As the hot sun began to run, a four-mile run, arise above the horizon here 10-miler, and beforeApril 1, a 10-mile road race long, she completed herwas about to begin. On the first marathon in 2007.other side of base, a lone The major changerunner pushed herself harder in her attitude towardsand faster around the desert running and her desireoutpost to finish her 24-hour not to quit came whenquest: 100 miles in remem- a close neighborhoodbrance of fellow North friend, Special ForcesCarolinians who have died Chief Warrant Officer 2in the war on terror. Scott Dyer, was killed in That lone runner was Afghanistan in late 2006,Sgt. 1st Class Rita Rice she said. After the newsfrom Sanford, NC, stationed Staff Sgt. Samuel Joyce of the 113th Sustainment Brigade runs a of her friend’s death,here with the North Carolina few laps with Sgt. 1st Class Rita “Missy” Rice during Rice’s 100- Rice wanted to honor hisArmy National Guard’s 113th mile run around Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, April 1. Each lap around service, and decided thatSustainment Brigade. the base was approximately seven miles. Rice dedicated her race running was a healthy and Rice’s race was differ- to fallen comrades from North Carolina (photo by Sgt. 1st Class challenging way to do it.ent. Not only was it ten times Keith Warzon, 113 Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs). th Rice gives credit to herlonger, but traffic wasn’t running mentor, Lt. Col.stopped for her. T-shirts and medals were not Mike McNeill. McNeill, a Special Forces officer, motivated Rice, help-handed out, and the only cheers and recogni- ing her to get past the mental challenges of running long distances andtion along the way were a few high fives and eventually taught her how to enjoy the experience of running.pats on the back from Soldiers who took turns Since then, the 113th SB Soldier has completed five marathons, mul-running with her. Those who ran a lap or two tiple endurance races, and other fun runs that can challenge the averagewith Rice said they felt honored to share the person both mentally and physically.road with her. Those who talk to Rice about her accomplishments might get the “It’s awesome,” said Sgt 1st Class Lee chance to hear some of her inspiring personal mottos (or, “rules accord-Klimala. “Her superhuman ability and can-do ing to Rice”).attitude is contagious.” “My rules are: ‘live life to its fullest; set challenging goals for your- Rice trains and participates in endurance self and maybe it will inspire others to also go for it, dream big dreams;races more than 26.2 miles long, the length of never quit; and never forget those who gave their lives so that we maya marathon. But her running skills didn’t de- enjoy ours,’” said Rice.velop overnight; it took many years for Rice to While Rice was congratulated by others on the morning of her 100-become the runner she is today. In 2006, she mile run, one Soldier went out of his way to personally recognize thebegan to slowly pound the pavement and shady “Steel Runner.”wooded trails of North Carolina to keep up “Rice is the definition of a 113th Sustainment Brigade ‘Steel Soldier’with her twin daughters once they started run- whose determination to succeed inspires others and makes the wholening track at school. unit ‘twice as strong,’” said Col. David Jones, the 113th Sustainment “It was a good excuse for me to get back in Brigade commander. “But above all else, she’s proud to be an Americanshape and to be with my girls and bond,” Rice Soldier, serving her country, and honoring our fallen heroes.”said. “It was hard at first, but well worth it.” “I had not run seriously for almost four-teen years since my days in the 82nd [Airborne Scholarship recipient list and In Memoriam listDivision], but my family and friends kept me will be published in the August/September issuemotivated,” she said. Over the following months, Rice was able of the Tarheel Guardsman.Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org June/July 2012 — Page 13
    • NCNGA Educational Foundation Golf TournamentBy Terry Westbrook, Fund-Raising ChairmanT he 2012 version of this golf tournament is over, and thewinner, once again, is: the NCNGA The Winners: Team/individual WinnersEducation Foundation. We raised 1st place Lee Ezzell, Hank Thomas, Johnny Henson, Mike Oliverover $4000.00 for this organization 2nd place Ronnie Fields, Joey Knox, Mike Bush, Mike Allento give out in scholarships. 3rd place Travis Hubbard, Jay Kucyk, Chuck Brame, Tom Bullock The tournament was held at BlackBear Golf Club in Longs, South 4th place Charles Jackson, Dennis Roach, David Dunmyre, Terry WestbrookCarolina on April 19, 2012. We had Next to last place Neal Nethery, Jamie Robinson, Mike Frazier, Reggie Hill80 golfers that made up 20 teams. Last place Todd Kelly and Jim LottThe weather was slightly chilly, but Longest drive, hole #2 Mike Olivernothing our golfers couldn’t handle. Longest drive, hole #15 Chris McCurry There were prizes for the winning Closest to the pin, hole #3 Chuck Barnesteams, and individual prizes for Closest to the pin, hole #6 Lee Ezzellclosest to the pin and longest drive. Closest to the pin, hole #13 Daryl PoeAdditionally, there were numerous Closest to the pin, hole #16 Larry Terrelldoor prizes, so just about everyone Putting contest Bernie Willifordwon something. Thanks again for the great turnout, Also, we were able to auction off four Odyssey putters. We raised over $150 for these.and we hope to see you next year!This tournament would not have been nearly so successful without the support of the Also, we had 10 hole spon-various sponsors. As you come into contact with any of them, please let them know how sors that added to both themuch we appreciate their support. Here is a list of sponsors: success of the tournament, and the funds raised for theAmtech Corporation Hooters Texas Steakhouse Foundation. Let them knowBAE Systems Land & Krispy Kreme Donuts The Carolina at Pinehurst your thanks also. Here is a Armaments Operating Group Lone Star Steakhouse The Pinehurst Company list of the hole sponsors:Beacon Ridge Golf Club Long Horn Steakhouse Tournament Players Course – MG Greg LuskBentwinds Golf Club Lowe’s Motor Speedway Piper Glen BG Beth AustinBojangles National Hockey League Twin City Knitting BG Todd KellyCarolina Hurricanes Hockey Outback Steakhouse Whispering Pines Golf Club Dolan Pierce Grading &Carolina Mudcats Baseball Pinewild Golf club Whispering Woods Golf Club Septic ServiceCharlotte Knights Baseball Raytheon Woodlake Golf Club Medthink CommunicationsDicks Sporting Goods River Landing Golf Club Mike & Ginger AnnasDurham Bulls Baseball Stanley Vidmar Southern ReimageGolf Galaxy Talamore Golf Club Stanley VidmarHarris Teeter Tanglewood Golf Club Stoney Creek Golf Club Tarheel Tooling Dennis Roach and other golfers register for NCNGA Educational Foundation Golf Tournament. Golfers listen to last minute instructions before beginning the tournament. (Photo by COL (Ret) Charles Jackson)Page 14 — June/July 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
    • 5th Annual NCNGAEF Golf Fundraiser for the Len AdamsMemorial Scholarship Fund By Reggie HillT he 505th Engineer Battalion hosted the 5th Len’s two brothers, Bobby Adams and Brad Adams played in the tourna- annual Len Adams Memorial Scholarship ment. Fund golf tournament fundraiser on 02 Twenty-One teams turned out to support the tournament in honor ofApril 2012 in honor of SFC Danny D. Hunter, Hunter, Jenkins, and Robinson’s retirements. Congratulations to the FirstMAJ Wayne Jenkins, and MSG Jamie Robinson Place Team of Dale Beatty, George Campbell, Ken Church, and Garrettfor their recent retirements from the NCARNG. Garland. The last place team was awarded the traditional bobble-head tro-Many retirees, co-workers, and friends gathered phies - Timothy Bates, Jamey Helms, Paul Terry, & Tod Thames.at the River Oaks Golf Club in Statesville to Purple Heart Home’s was also represented at this year’s tournament byhonor these Soldiers’ service to the NCNG and Curtis Burk and Dale Beatty. All tournament participants were very happytheir support of the NCNGAEF. Proceeds from to donate to their cause for the op-this tournament will benefit the North Caro- portunity to launch a golf ball with Corporate Sponsorlina National Guard Association Educational their modified AR-15 rifle. SomeFoundation (NCNGAEF). A $1500 donation participants even remarked that($500 each) will be made to the NCNGAEF they had their best shot of the dayEndowment Fund in honor of Hunter, Jenkins, on hole #4 with the AR-15.and Robinson to purchase three bricks in the Thanks to the hole sponsors forNCNGAEF Walk of Honor at Joint Forces this year’s tournament: Bravo CoHeadquarters in Raleigh. $1000 was raised for 113th STB, “MAMA T” (Teresathe 505ECB’s annual donation to the Len Adams Johnson), D.J. Steve (Steve Lusk), MAJ Frank Poovey, CSM (Ret) Mike Frazier, CSM Russell Stalvey, SGM Paul Terry, MSG Donnie Mote, MSG Reggie Hill, 621st Engr Det (Design & Why CSU? Survey) – Gastonia, 823rd Engr Det (Quarry Team) • Accredited Associate, Bachelor, Master – Elkin, 875 Engr Co th and Doctorate Programs (Horiz) – North Wilkes- • Self-Paced or Structured Learning boro, HHC 505th Engr Bn • Textbooks Provided Through CSU Book Grant – Gastonia, 878 Engr Co th • No ACT, SAT, GMAT, GRE or (Vert) – Kings Mountain, Other Entrance Exams Required Det 1 878 Engr Co (Vert) th • Complimentary Tutoring Services – Forest City, 882nd Engr • TA and VA Benefits Pictured (Left to right) - SFC Danny D. Hunter, MSG Co (Vert) – Mocksville, • Member of SOC, GoArmyEd LOI School Jamie Robinson, and Wayne Jenkins were honored for Det 1 882nd Engr Co (Vert) and AU-ABC Program their retirement from the NCARNG and their support of – Taylorsville, Det 2 882nd • Complimentary Evaluation Provided the NCNGAEF. (They are pictured with a tournament Engr Co (Vert) – Mount for Military Personnel and Dependents hole sponsorship sign for Company B 113th STB, unit is Airy, Co A FSC 505th Engr • No Application Fee currently deployed.) (Photo by Tony Strickland) Bn – Gastonia, 1131st EngrMemorial Scholarship. Remaining funds raised Det (Well Drillers) – Mooresville, Visit Our Website for More Information!will go to the NCNGAEF Endowment Fund. and the 258th, 429th, & 725th Engr SFC Danny D. Hunter, MAJ Wayne Jenkins, Dets - Butner.and MSG Jamie Robinson were all also awarded Thanks to the sponsors of thethe Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal at an tournament – Hooters of Hickory, Online Degrees. Affordable Tuition. Superior Service.awards dinner following the match. The awards Standard Distributors of Gastonia,were presented by previous recipients of the Home Place of Lincolnton, Golf www.ColumbiaSouthern.edu/Milaward - CSM (Ret) Mike Frazier, SFC (Ret) Al- Galaxy and Golfsmith Contact Mr. Tracy A. Driver, BSBAlen ‘Buckethead’ Price, and SGM Paul Terry. A special thanks to Michael 800.977.8449 ext. 1845 We were honored to have members of Len Sherrill for executing another Visit our website at www.ColumbiaSouthern.edu/Disclosure for information about gainful employmentAdams’ family in attendance at this year’s tour- great fund raising event for the including cost of attendance, on-timenament. Len Adams’ son, Brandon Adams, and NCNGAEF and the Len Adams graduation rates, occupational opportunities, median student debt and other importanthis mother, Jana, attended the tournament and Memorial Scholarship. information about CSU programs.Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org June/July 2012 — Page 15
    • 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 2012 NCNGA Discount Ticket Order Form Quantity Total $Carowinds/Kings Dominion — Valid at either park - $32.00 for ages 3 & up.(Carowinds opens March 31: Kings Dominion opens April 6)Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park Adult Tickets-$26.00 for anyone over 48” tall.(Park open May 26 - Sept. 3)Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe Junior Tickets - $18.00 for anyone under 48” tall.*Tickets can also be ordered online at www.emeraldpointe.com. Call NCNGA for Corporate Code.**Busch Garden’s Military Appreciation Days - Valid March 24 Through Sept. 3 OnlyTickets $42.00 for ages 3 & up.Water Country USA - Tickets $33.00 for ages 3 & up. Park open May 19 through Sept. 3.Busch Gardens/Water Country 7 Day Discoverty Ticket - Tickets $78.00.Valid March 24 - October 28, 2012. Two-Park combination ticket, expires 7 days from first day of use. Subtotal *ANHEUSER-BUSCH “HERE’S TO THE HEROES” TRIBUTE Single Day’s FREE Admission to Anheuser-Busch Parks for active military & 3 direct dependants. Credit Register online @ www.herosalute.com or at the park entrance plaza with DOD photo ID. Card Fee +$2.00Type 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