TarheelGuardsmanJune/July 20132013 - 2014 NCNGA Executive Council
Page 2 – Tarheel Guardsman — June/July 2013The President’s ReportBy Bobby Lumsden, NCNGA President (firstname.lastname@example.org)As I reflect upon our 52ndAnnualConvention, I am truly amazed to bein the company of such a talented andprofessional group of Soldiers and Airmen. I amtruly honored to have been selected to lead theAssociation dedicated to serving our OutstandingGuardsman, both Air and Army. If I were to thankeveryone individually that has helped me, thismessage would carry on for days. I will simplyoffer one sincere Thanks to each and every one ofyou. Each one of you, whether Retired or currentlyserving, have sacrificed and given much more thanwords could ever express or the majority of thiscountry could ever imagine. To all those that have ever served on acommittee, as a member of the ExecutiveCouncil, or in any other position within this greatAssociation, I offer a special thanks for yourexceptional service to the Association. To the newmembers of the Executive Council, appointedCommittee Chairs, and Committee Members;Congratulations and thanks for your willingness toserve our Association! We all have a lot of workahead of us so get ready. The Past Presidents andExecutive Council Members have set us on a pathin which we can reach amazing heights; our job isto carry the torch of continual improvement. I have four priorities for the Association andover the next few weeks, these will be presentedto the Executive Council and the Committees torefine and publish. These four goals provide theinitial directions for our Executive Council andCommittees to begin to work on. Listed below arethe priorities with a brief description: 1) Increase Membership: Of course everyorganization strives for 100% membership of thoseeligible to join. However, thinking realistically ashort term goal of 85% membership with a longterm goal of 90% membership would set ourorganization on a path to success in many areas.Our membership numbers are key to shapingthe path to achieve all of our other goals. Withincreased membership we have a larger voice toensure our messages are heard well beyond ourformations. Also, this allows the Association tocontinue to improve our financial stability. Notjust because with more members we receiveadditional dues, rather increased membershipopens more opportunities for corporate sponsors,advertisements, and other forms of revenue. 2) Increase participation in the Association:Any organization is only as good as its members’willingness to serve. I am proud of the amountof participation that we currently have; however,we need more. It starts first with attending thebusiness sessions during our annual convention. We need more of our membersto attend, so our short term goal is to increase attendance at the 53rdAnnualConvention to 350 members. Secondly, we need all Major SubordinateCommands to get more members to volunteer for and serve on committees.There must never come a time when our Executive Council seats are filled bythe “last man standing.” Finally, we ask for each and everyone one of you tocontact your unit representative or Executive Council member to ask how youcan get more involved. 3) Increase Financial Stability: First let me say we are a very financiallysound organization. However, the drop in the stock market several years backwas an awakening for our Council Members then and is still on the minds ofour Executive Council and Finance Committee. We must look for new waysto increase our income. Whether it is offering new types of benefits to ourmembers for fee, capitalizing of e-commerce or a whole host of other meanswe need to seek out ways to continue to build upon our financial strength toensure we never risk losing all after a bad turn in the stock market. This goalsustains us for many generations to come. 4) Increase/Extend the Influence of the Association: Our Association hasan outstanding reputation within the State of North Carolina. However, we canachieve greater influence within and outside of our great state. By partneringwith our Chain of Command, other state associations, NGAUS, EANGUS, andother Military and Retired Organizations; not only the Elected Officials andBureaucratic Agencies within our state hear our message, but also those at theNational Level and beyond. This is the decisive priority for our Association,because without influence our voice will not be heard. Critical to each of these goals is an effective Communication Strategy. Wemust ensure that our message is reaching our members so we maintain theirengagement. To this end, our communication practices must be reformed sothat we can meet our members where they stand. With our younger members,this will require us to increase our use of social media and informationtechnology. At the same time, we must continue to use more traditionaltechniques to reach older members and those that are not technologicallyinclined. It is critical that we engage both groups because the Association’sability to thrive depends upon the efforts and contributions of both. Our oldermembers have the experience we need to achieve our immediate and short-term goals. Our younger members, as our future leaders, are charged withcarrying our message forward and bringing the Association to new heights forgenerations to come. So you must be asking, “How can I help?” My response is simple. Do thefollowing three things at least once a month: 1) Talk to your new Soldiers and Airmen about the benefits of theorganization and encourage them to join. 2) Talk to at least one Soldier or Airmen in your unit (if still serving) orone retiree member that is not currently a member of the association and askthem to join, sometimes it only takes someone to ask. 3) Review the NCNGA Legislative Action Plan and Legislative Alertsfrom NGAUS and EANGUS; then make contact with your Representative orSenator about the issue (either by phone, email, written letter, or in person). These things are a start. I will continue to place items in the TarheelGuardsman that I am asking for your help on, most of which take 30 minutes orless of your time. Please consider helping our Association by doing these andencouraging others to do the same. I am honored to have been selected to lead our Association. I promise to keepour Association moving in a direction that is beneficial for all our members. Ifyou ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Page 3 – Tarheel Guardsman — June/July 2013Officers Executive CouncilTeri Foster, EditorNCNGA:Legacy Bridge Program 4Combined Event Photos 6-11NC National Guard:Economic Impact Information 14,15Contents:The Tarheel Guardsman, (ISSN 10618392) is published bi-monthly for theArmy and Air National Guard of North Carolina, by the North CarolinaNational GuardAssociation, 7410 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-5047.Periodicals postage paid at Raleigh, NC 27676-9651. POSTMASTER: Sendaddress changes to: Tarheel Guardsman, 7410 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh,NC 27607-5047.The Tarheel Guardsman is the official publication of the North CarolinaNational Guard Association, a non-profit organization. The publication’smission is to promote the general welfare of the NCNGA, assist in increasingthe readiness of the NCArmy andAir National Guard of North Carolina andserve as a vehicle of expression for members of the National Guard.Members receive the publication free with their membership. The annualsubscription rate for non-members of theAssociation is $15.00. Please includeyour old address when requesting change of address.Deadline for submitted material to the Tarheel Guardsman is the 5thof themonth, two months preceding the calendar date of issue. Manuscripts andphotographs on subjects of general interest are invited. Unless otherwiseindicated, material may be reprinted provided credit is given to the TarheelGuardsman and the author where listed. Articles and photos will not bereturned, unless requested. (USPS 533-640)Advertising is accepted. For details contact the Association headquarters.Advertising, including political ads, published in this publication does notrepresent the endorsement or approval of the North Carolina NationalGuard Association.PresidentBobby LumsdenVice PresidentBrent OrrPast PresidentRonnie HoneycuttSecretary-TreasurerAdene TylerJudge AdvocateRick FayChaplainCarl Singley30thHBCTBrian AlkireScott Schnack130thMEBRobert HollandChristopher McCurry60thTroop CommandVelma EvansDale Baker, Jr.449thTABColby HammondsThomas Underwood113thSustainment BDEMiriam GrayRandy LyJFHQ-NCSteven JohnsonCharlene Johnson139thRegiment (CA)James McKeeDavid EatonAir GuardBarbara DoncasterWendy LarsenJunior CouncilTimothy StanhopeLonnie BrooksAssociate ClassJohn EudyJohn Sweat, Jr.STAFFExecutive DirectorAdene TylerInsurance AdministratorTeri FosterAssistant Insurance AdministratorRhonda ArndtExecutive AssistantKathy FordNCNGA Educational FoundationAdministratorPeggy RobinsonAddress changes or questions?Contact us email@example.com or www.ncnga.orgFlag Day — 14 June 2013Independence Day - 4 July 2013Please fly your flag proudly!Official publication of the North Carolina National Guard AssociationTARHEEL GUARDSMANJUNE/JULY 2013 Volume 47 Number 3Deadline for submittingarticles for the AUG/SEP issue ofthe Tarheel Guardsman:1 July 2013On the cover:(Left to right) - 1strow: Bobby Lumsden,Steven Johnson, Miriam Gray, BrentOrr. 2ndrow: David Eaton, Rick Fay,Randy Ly, Barbara Doncaster. 3rdRow:Colby Hammond, Ronnie Honeycutt,Wendy Larsen, Tom Underwood. 4thRow: John Sweat, Lonnie Brooks, JohnEudy, Timothy Stanhope, Brian Alkire.5thRow: James McKee
Page 4 – Tarheel Guardsman — June/July 2013Legacy Bridge ProgramTwo years ago, Active AssociateRepresentative Al Rose introduced aprogram that is designed to financiallycarry the Association through our present fiscaltransition period. As we move from a systemwhere we depended on our investments andinsurance premiums to pay our Association’sexpenses to one that will rely on newrevenue sources to cover our budget, theLegacy Bridge Program will provide theinterim funds to meet budget costs until thetransition is complete. Our projection is thatthis should occur within 4-5 years, and assuch it is a closed end program. The short-term plan is to use the incomefrom the Legacy Bridge Program until ournew revenue sources come on-line allowingus to insulate our investments so that theyare allowed to grow over the long-term.At the end of 4-5 years, the new revenuesources, along with insurance premiums, willbe our main income sources and the LegacyBridge Program will close.NCNGA LEGACY BRIDGE PROGRAMDONATIONName:Mailing Address:City: State: Zip:Phone: ( ) NCNGA Life Member: Yes No Unit: Rank:E-Mail Address:$100 Donation (Donations are not tax deductible)$25 Quarterly Installments _____ $100 Full Payment __________ Check _____ Money Order _____ Master Card/Visa (Add $2 credit card fee)Credit Card Information:Acct #__________________________________________ Exp Date: ___________3-digit Sec Code:__________ Signature: ____________________________________Return Application &Payment To:NCNGAATTN: Legacy BridgeProgram7410 Chapel Hill RoadRaleigh, NC 27607-5047( ) I would like to make this donation in honor of ( ) in memory of ( ) Long-term, we hope to reach an investment fund goal of $3million. At that point, even at a modest 4%, the Association couldsurvive indefinitely should our insurance and new revenue sourcestake a hit during lean times. Please consider joining us in the Legacy Bridge Program. And,if you would like to remember or honor someone, please considermaking a donation in their name. Take a few minutes to fill out theapplication and to write a check. Al and his team have started us inthe right direction. It is up to us now to make it happen. Questions? Please call us at 919-851-3390.*As of press time*Our Newest Members of theLegacy Bridge Program:245. Bobby Lumsden246 - Jimmy R. Mauldin247. Charles R. Nielsen248. Harold T. Mask249. Roger E. Williams, Jr.250 - 251 - Not assigned252. 2-252 Ar OLD DAWGS253 - 262 - Not assigned263. In Memory of MSgt Bennie S. Frick
Page 10 – Tarheel Guardsman — June/July 2013Everyone had a great timeon Friday evening of theCombined Event!If you didn’t arrive until Saturdayand only attended the Ball — youneed to plan on arriving earliernext year & enjoy the festivities!
Page 11 – Tarheel Guardsman — June/July 2013The First-EverCombined EventBallPhotos byMaj. Matthew DeVivo,US Army National GuardWINSTON-SALEM, NC — More than 1,000North Carolina National Guard Soldiers andAirmen and their guests attended the Com-bined Enlisted and Officer Military Balls aspart of the three-day North Carolina NationalGuard Association Convention at the TwinCity Quarters, Winston-Salem, NC.
Page 12 – Tarheel Guardsman — June/July 2013A NGAUS tradition, the annualconference allows members to gatherand vote on the top legislative prioritiesfor NGAUS, share information andcelebrate the camaraderie of beingNational Guard and NGAUS members. Join us in Hawaii and network withmore than 4,000 fellow National Guardmen and women from all 50 States,Guam, Puerto Rico, the US VirginIslands and the District of Columbia.Members and guests of the NCNGwill be staying in the Hyatt RegencyWaikiki.• We will host a hospitality suitein the Hyatt Regency Waikiki fordaily meetings and HospitalityNight• We have 30 rooms blocked at theHyatt at $159 (+taxes/fees)• Registration is $200 and includestickets to the Governor’sReception, All States Dinner,Convention Center exhibitsand events, and daily access torefreshments at the North CarolinaNational Guard’s hospitality suite.For more information, contact MAJBrian McIlvaine, 1636 Gold Star Dr,Raleigh, NC 27607 or 919-791-6419or firstname.lastname@example.org. (You canalso go to www.ncnga.org and click onMembership/NGAUS for more links tothe NGAUS website.)135TH NGAUS GENERALCONFERENCEHONOLULU, HI20-23 SEPTEMBER 2013NGAUS ConferenceJoin Us in Hawaii!“For God and Country -Still Serving Proudly.”The North Carolina Departmentof the American LegionThanks You for Your Service toOur State and Nation!We invite you to visit any of our 334Posts, statewide, visit our websitewww.nclegion.org,email us at email@example.com,or call 919-832-7506.INSURED MEMBERS OF THE NCNGA —HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR BENEFICIARYLATELY?We have experienced several claims in the past year where beneficia-ries had not been updated and ex-spouses received the death benefitsof the member’s NC National Guard Association Group Life Insur-ance. Have you had a change in your marital status? If so, pleasecontact us to ensure your beneficiary is who you think it is!Call 919-851-3390 ext 1 (Teri Foster) or ext 2 (Rhonda Arndt)Commitment Defines UsAt EADS North America, we don’tjust talk about commitment — itdeﬁnes us. Commitment is deliveringmore than 250 UH-72A Lakotas,all on time and on budget, from aworkforce that is more than 50% U.S.military veterans. That’s the kind ofcommitment our armed forcesneed, now more than ever.www.eadsnorthamerica.comCorporate Member —Thank you for your support!
Page 13 – Tarheel Guardsman — June/July 2013Members meeting the eligibilityrequirements to qualify for the Post9-11 GI Bill are also able to transfertheir benefits to eligible dependents.The requirements to transfer benefitsare:- Be eligible for the Post 9-11 GI Bill- Be a participating member of the Armed Forces (Active Dutyor Reserve)- Have completed 6 years of satisfactory service- Commit to an additional 4 years of service.- Sign a Statement of UnderstandingThere are current exemptions to the 4-year service obligationbased on a members retirement eligibility date.Retirement Eligibility Date: Service ObligationBefore 1 Aug 09 NoneAfter 1 Aug 09/Before 1 Aug 10 1 YearAfter 1 Aug 10/Before 1 Aug 11 2 YearAfter 1 Aug 11/Before 1 Aug 12 3 YearThese exemptions will expire 1 Aug 2013, therefore it is highlyrecommended that members within the above retirement eligibil-ity dates, who are contemplating transferring their benefits, do sobefore 1 Aug 2013. All members requesting transfer of Post 9-11 GI Bill benefitsafter 1 Aug 2013 will incur a 4-year service obligation.For more information: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html or contact your localVA office.StanleyVidmar.com/Military800-523-9462 GS-27F-5062CCorporate Member —Thank you for your support!Corporate Member —Thank you for your support!New VA Hotlinefor WomenVeteransOn April 23, 2013, the Departmentof Veterans Affairs (VA) launchedits new Women Veterans hotline—1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)—an incoming call center thatreceives and responds to questionsfrom women Veterans, their families,and caregivers across the nation aboutavailable VA services and resources.“The Women Veterans Call Center isaimed at increasing women Veterans’knowledge of all VA services andbenefits that they deserve,” said KristaStephenson, Army Veteran and Wom-en Veterans Call Center Director.
Page 15 – Tarheel Guardsman — June/July 2013RoseboroRoxboroSaint PaulsSalisburySanfordScotland NeckShallotteSiler CitySmithfieldSnow HillSouthern PinesStatesvilleStemSylvaTarboroTaylorsvilleThomasvilleWadesboroWallaceWashingtonWhitevilleWilliamstonWilmingtonWindsorWinston-SalemWintervilleWoodlandYoungsvilleANGARNGTOTALSFt. Bragg (ARNG)High PointGreensboroCamp ButnerSampsonPersonRobesonRowanLeeHalifaxBrunswickChathamJohnstonGreeneMooreIredellGranvilleJacksonEdgecombeAlexanderDavidsonAnsonDuplinBeaufortColumbusMartinNew HanoverBertieForsythPittNorthamptonFranklinCumberlandGuilfordGuilfordGranville767,85,8,122172,471,325,91,6,1311156873717151,3122,4,76,126,121,6,1310713342248231252241750345332510183933254719,212824,26,27,28721,2224676,7751,54717,1854261052,78792,32119238881694620818,195718,9,24274942,43,44,456157,58,59,60,61,622,324364311142311221761309192207043623111423112217612691921953Value Per24117TotalsMember$277,554$3,238,127$2,521,114$1,619,064$555,108$786,402$1,989,135$2,336,078$1,156,474$1,572,805$994,568$2,428,596$1,225,863$1,434,028$1,873,488$462,590$925,179$1,295,251$2,197,301$3,631,329$5,458,558$3,839,494$948,309$314,428,870Federal$3,500,000$1,400,000$2,400,000$1,800,000$9,100,000$26,987$4,884$56,980$44,363$28,490$9,768$13,838$35,002$41,107$20,350$27,676$17,501$42,735$21,571$25,234$32,967$8,140$16,280$22,792$38,665$63,899$96,052$67,562$16,687$4,549,339State$1,200,000$1,200,000$390$423,657$4,942,660$3,848,215$2,471,331$847,313$1,200,361$3,036,206$3,565,777$1,765,236$2,400,721$1,518,103$3,706,996$1,871,150$2,188,893$2,859,683$706,094$1,412,189$1,977,065$3,353,949$5,542,842$8,331,915$5,860,584$1,447,494$478,468,546LocalCity County CongressionalDistrictNC SenateDistrictNC HouseDistrictTotal FTEmpFederalEmpState Emp FederalBudgetStateBudgetEconomicImpactNCNG Economic Impact Exhibit 2012 - continuedInformation provided by COl (Ret) F. Doug PhelpsNC Adjutant General – MG Greg Luskhttp://www.facebook.com/NCAdjutantGeneralhttp://twitter.com/NCTAGNC Assistant Adjutant General Air – Brig. Gen. Todd Kellyhttp://facebook.com/NCAirAAGhttp://twitter.com/NCAirAAGNC Senior Enlisted Leader – Command Sgt. Maj. John Swarthttp://www.facebook.com/NCCSMhttp://twitter.com/NCSCSM— NC National Guard Contact Inforamtion —NC Command Chief Warrant Officer Rick Comerhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-Command-Chief-Warrant-Officer/261726843901458http://www.twitter.com/NCCWONC Command Chief Master Sergeant Chief Master Sgt. BrucePicketthttp://www.facebook.com/pages/NC-State-Command-Chief-Master-Sergeant/330777956943662http://www.twitter.com/NCCmdChiefTAG email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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