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  • 1. WINSTON-SALEM 26-28 APRIL 2013 Site of the 2013 Combined Event for the NC National Guard Association, Enlisted and Officer Ball — One Weekend Culminating Into One Big Event!Embassy Suites See pages 6-7 for event registration formand lodging information. Marriott Hotel
  • 2. TAG’s A s we here in North Carolina observe the end of summer, go back to school and witness the ramp up of the 2012 Political Campaign, I wanted to remind my fellow citizens of what their C North Carolina National Guard is doing today as I write these words. Over 1,300 of your neighbors, co-workers and fellow citizens are deployed in Afghanistan, Kuwait and California performing missions O as diverse as our force. Engineers, Military Police and a few pilots are continuing the fight in Afghanistan while our Air Guard C-130 MAFFs Teams are fighting wild fires in the Western United States. We R have Citizen Airmen in Botswana, Africa working through our State Partnership Program to promote stability and peace through a lasting partnership. We still have another 10,000 citizen soldiers and airmen N ready to respond if needed upon the call of the Governor. Your North Carolina National Guard is serving around the nation and world to en- sure the security of their fellow citizens at home and abroad. These citizen soldiers and airmen are part of a long line of those E Americans and North Carolinians who have been willing to lay aside their civilian careers and leave their families when called by their state and nation. These citizen soldiers and airmen are the heirs to the Min- R utemen who stood on the greens at Lexington and Concord in 1775 and will always be ready and reliable to answer any call in the future to Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk secure the lives and property of the citizens of this great state and our Adjutant General of NC nation. óó C NC Adjutant General – MG Greg Lusk — http://www.facebook.com/NCAdjutantGeneral http://twitter.com/NCTAG O N NC Assistant Adjutant General Air – Brig. Gen. Todd Kelly – http://facebook.com/NCAirAAG http://twitter.com/NCAirAAG T A NC Chief of Staff – COL Cliff Wilkins - http://www.facebook.com/NCCOJS C NC Senior Enlisted Leader – Command Sgt. Maj. John Swart – http://www.facebook.com/NCCSM T http://twitter.com/NCSCSM NC Command Chief Warrant Officer Rick Comer – http://www.facebook.com/NCCWO I http://www.twitter.com/NCCWO N NC Command Chief Master Sergeant Bruce Pickett – http://www.facebook.com/NCCmdChief F http://www.twitter.com/NCCmdChief O TAG email contact: pao@ng.army.mi The NC National Guard’s Newest General Raleigh, NC — William Coats was re- at the NCNG Joint Force Headquarters in cently promoted to Brigadier General Raleigh. He last held the position of NC’s As- at the North Carolina State Capitol sistant Adjutant General of Maneuver before in downtown Raleigh. Family and his appointment to his current post as Special friends joined to honor the Aviator Assistant to the Director of the Army National and 30-year NCNG veteran. Guard. Prior to his promotion, General General Coats and his wife, Toni, have Coats served as Chief of Joint Staff four children, Aaron, Lindsey, Jackie and Reid.Page 2 — OCT/NOV 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
  • 3. TARHEEL GUARDSMAN Official publication of the North Carolina National Guard Association OCT/NOV 2012 Volume 46 Number 5 Contents: NCNGA: Address changes or questions? President’s Report 4 Legacy Bridge Program 5 Call us toll free 1-800-821-6159 Combined Event Information 6,7 or 919-851-3390. In Memoriam 15 Our email address is ncnga@bellsouth.net NC National Guard: and our web site is 113th SUS BDE News 8 www.ncnga.org Double Change of Command for Aviation 9 OCS Graduation 10 Retiree Homecoming Registration Info 13 Officers Executive Council Remember to vote President Ronnie Honeycutt 30th HBCT Scott Schnack on Tuesday, Vice President Bobby Lumsden 130th MEB 6 November 2012! Bernie Williford Diana Stumpf Past President Russell Thorington Fisk Outwater 60th Troop Command Tom Holcomb Secretary-Treasurer Deadline for submitting articles to Dale Baker, Jr. Adene Tyler the Tarheel Guardsman: 449th TAB Judge Advocate Thomas Underwood DEC ‘12/JAN ‘13 issue: 1 NOV 2012 Rick Fay Stephen Davis 113th Sustainment BDE Chaplain Send articles/photos to Billy Hill K. Carl Singley Teri Foster, Editor at: Stephen McCormick (teri.gregory.foster@gmail.com) JFHQ-NC STAFF Charlene Johnson Executive Director 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 Adene Tyler 139th Regiment (CA) Carolina National Guard Association, 7410 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-5047. Periodicals postage paid at Raleigh, NC 27676-9651. Insurance Administrator POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Tarheel Guardsman, 7410 Ronald Hill Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-5047. Teri Foster The Tarheel Guardsman is the official publication of the North Carolina K. Todd Helms Assistant Insurance National Guard Association, a non-profit organization. The publica- Administrator 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 Rhonda Arndt Wendy Larsen North Carolina and serve as a vehicle of expression for members of the National Guard. Executive Assistant Scott Harrell Members receive the publication free with their membership. The annual subscription rate for non-members of the Association is $15.00. Kathy Ford Associate Class Please include your old address and unit when requesting change of address. NCNGA Educational 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 Foundation 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 OCT/NOV 2012 — Page 3
  • 4. The President’s Report by Ronnie HoneycuttAs the leaves begin to change color, we too are the goal of making this the best event everabout to experience change in our upcoming and have worked to this end for approxi-NCNGA Convention. There is an old saying, mately one year. It was truly a joint effort“If you continue to do things the same way, do to make sure that our Enlisted/Officer Mil-not be surprised if you continue to get the same itary Balls and NCNGA Convention didresults.” So, in an effort to educate and attract not lose their identity or tradition. I believemore of our North Carolina National Guards- we have accomplished this and more.men, we have accepted an invitation to combine The registration cost for our combinedour Enlisted Ball, Officer Ball and NCNGA event will be less expensive for the JuniorConvention. Enlisted and Junior Officers. If you come We are very excited about this joint effort out and enjoy the entire event, then theand hope this will allow more of our members savings and benefits will be even greater. So, mark your calendars, 25-27to attend. There is no doubt that the cost of at- April 2013, and plan on attending this very exciting three-day event.tending these events can be a burden on our This is YOUR Association, and its only priority is YOU! It’smembers. This is why we have combined the COMMITTED only to YOU!tthree events to alleviate the pressure of choos- Thank you all for your service and your sacrifice. Always remember toing one event over the other. The Combined keep our deployed men and women in your prayers.Convention/Ball Committee came together with“Fairway to Honor” and it was a great day for everyone involved,” Chairman of the Board IwanCharity Golf Tournament Clontz said, “We met the goals we wanted to accomplish with the players and our sponsors.”T he Soldiers & Airmen Assistance Fund (SAAF) hosted the “Fairway to Honor” golftournament on 23 August to raise funds for the 1st Place - James Herring, Michael Ecker, Mike Harris, Lance Jordan 2nd Place - Danny Sullivan, Nick Stewart, Bill Johnson, Tim Reeser 3rd Place- James Ma-families of the North Carolina National Guard & ples, Kevin Whitaker,to recognize those organizations that have sup- Larry Shaffer, Eddieported them and the community. It was a perfect Hayesday for a tournament; blue skies, immaculate Longest Drive -golf course (Crooked Creek in Fuquay-Varina) Diana Statonand plenty of golfers. Putting Contest - “It was just a perfect first tournament for the Charles JacksonSAAF” said Dennis Roach, Director. “We had Closest to the Pin -twenty-eight teams, plenty of support personnel Dean Debardelaben and great sponsors. Our goal was to honor notonly our members of the military, but to also A special thanks toshow our business partners how much we appre- all the members and fam-ciate their support of our Guard families.” ilies that helped us makeSeveral special guests came out to play and show the tournament a hugetheir support. They included MG Greg Lusk, success. To our greatChief of Staff Cliff Wilkins, SCSM John Swart, sponsors, gift donors andSilver Star recipients James Herring, Ronnie friends of the Guard, we sincerely appreciate your support and concern forRandolph, Tommy Rieman and Dale Beatty, co- our Guard families:founder of Purple Heart Homes. Tommy Rieman Kangaroo Express ~ North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Store Marketers ~is the military representative for the Kangaroo Coca Cola ~ Bojangles of Fuquay-Varina ~ Krispy Kreme Doughnuts ofExpress “Salute Our Troops” campaign that Fuquay-Varina ~ Enterprise Rent-A-Car ~ Hooters on Wake Forest Road ~has raised several million dollars for the USO, Target ~ The Durham Bulls ~ Handee Hugo ~ Carolina Hurricanes ~Wounded Warrior Project and National Guard Holt Oil Company ~ Cline & Associates ~ Largemouth Bass PR ~organizations in several states. NC National Guard Association ~ Snyder’s Lance ~ Southco Distributing “Everyone came out to have fun playing golf Company ~ Arnold Palmer ~ Purple Heart Homes ~ NCNG ~ Heritageand to support our families. We had a variety of Golf Club ~ Crooked Creek Golf Club ~ “The Club Guy” ~ ARMACdifferent events on several holes to do just thatPage 4 — OCT/NOV 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
  • 5. Legacy Bridge ProgramL ast year, Active Associate Representa- even at a modest 4%, the Association could survive indefinitely should tive Al Rose introduced a program that our insurance and new revenue sources take a hit during lean times. is designed to financially carry the As- Please consider joining us in the Legacy Bridge Program. And, ifsociation through our present fiscal transition you would like to remember or honor someone, please consider makingperiod. As we move from a system where we a donation in their name. Take a few minutes to fill out the applicationdepended on our investments and insurance and to write a check. Al and his team have started us in the right direc-premiums to pay our Association’s expenses tion. It is up to us now to make it happen.to one that will rely on new revenue sources to Questions? Please call us at 919-851-3390.cover our budget, the Legacy Bridge Programwill provide the interim funds to meet bud-get costs until the transition is complete. Our *Our Newest Members of theprojection is that this should occur within 2-3years, and as such it is a closed end program. Legacy Bridge Program: The short-term plan is to use the incomefrom the Legacy Bridge Program until our newrevenue sources come on-line allowing us to 230. Vernon E. Potterinsulate our investments so that they are al- 231. Margaret Potterlowed to grow over the long-term. At the end 232. Cleve C. Wilkinsof 2-3 years, the new revenue sources, along 233. In Honor of CSM (Ret) William Boothwith insurance premiums, will be our main in- 234. David M. Adamscome sources and the Legacy Bridge Program 235 - 251 - Not assignedwill close. 252. 2-252 Ar OLD DAWGS Long-term, we hope to reach an invest- *As of press timement fund goal of $3 million. At that point, 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 27607-5047Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org OCT/NOV 2012 — Page 5
  • 6. NC National Guard Association & NCNG Combined Event Registration Twin City Quarter, Winston-Salem, NC 26-28 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 Retirees & Spouse/Guest By 31 March *After 1 April (based on rank at retirement) Per person Per person Total Attendee: Spouse/Guest: E1-E4 & Spouse/Guest $20 $30 $  Beef  Beef Chicken  Chicken  E5-E7/WO1-WO2/O1-O2 & Spouse/Guest $35 $45 Vegetarian  Vegetarian  All other ranks & Spouse/Guest $40 $50 Seating Preference (if any) Non-Military $35 $45 _____Joint Force Headquarters Child(ren) (meal only) $20 $30 _____145th Airlift Wing Credit Card Fee $3 _____60th Troop Command _____130th MEB TOTAL $ _____30th Armored Bde Combat Team *We are unable to accept registration AFTER 15 April 2013 _____449th Theater Aviation Brigade _____113th Sustainment Brigade Attending Business Session: Attending Friday Dance: Member: Friday Yes No Member: Yes No _____139th Regiment (Combat Arms) 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/CombinedEventPage 6 — OCT/NOV 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
  • 7. NCNGA & NCNG COMBINED EVENT 26-28 APRIL 2013 WINSTON-SALEM, NC COME EARLY AND JOIN US! The North Carolina National Guard Association’s annual convention, and the Enlisted and Officer Military Balls are joining forces in 2013 for a special weekend of fun, fellowship and camaraderie. This event will be held 26- 28 April 2013 at the Twin City Quarter in Winston-Salem, NC. What is the Twin City Quarter? It is comprised of the Marriott Hotel, Embassy Suites Hotel and Benton Convention Center — all connected with a covered walkway and in beautiful, downtown Winston-Salem. Why combine all these events? Well, we hope to save you some money and eliminate another Guard related weekend. We really hope you will plan to come early and enjoy the activities of the NC National Guard As- sociation annual convention. For one registration price, you can attend the Business Sessions and learn about YOUR Association, attend the Friday night hospitality rooms and dance — and then attend the grand finale: the Combined Event Ball. If you are able to come on Thursday, you can participate in the NCNGA Educational Foundation’s golf tourna- ment and later that evening, try your luck at winning $4,000 at the Foundation’s annual Reverse Drawing (ticket required). Then you will have most of Friday to enjoy a visit to Old Salem, the downtown arts district, the Win- ston Cup Museum for race fans, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, shopping, or golf before joining the Association for their activities on Friday afternoon/evening. Hotel rooms are blocked for Thursday, Friday and Saturday — so reserve your room today! Are you a regular attendee to the NC National Guard Association Annual Convention? If so, don’t worry — this is going to be a unique event and a lot of fun. There will be a lot of attendees for the dinner and dance on Sat- urday evening, and the dress will remind those of you that have been attending for quite a few years of the “old times” when we used to dress up for the Saturday evening event. You will also have the opportunity to meet the leadership of the NC National Guard and visit with your current and former unit members. It is going to be fun and different — don’t miss this event! We look forward to seeing you there! Information on this event: Lodging Info – Marriott Hotel – Room rate of $97.00 plus tax Embassy Suites – Room rate of $107.00 plus tax, includes full breakfast and manager’s reception each evening Events: Thursday, 25 April 2013 – NCNGA Educational Foundation Golf Tournament and Reverse Drawing (separate ticket required) Friday, 26 April 2013 – NCNGA Annual Business Meeting, Hospitality Rooms, and Dance (casual attire) Saturday, 27 April 2013 – NCNGA Annual Business Meeting/Election of Officers, Hospitality Rooms, Dinner and Dance (semi-formal attire and/or dress uniforms) Links to on-line registration and hotel registration are available on our website at: http://www.ncnga.org/CombinedEventTarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org OCT/NOV 2012 — Page 7
  • 8. 113th Sustainment Brigade Medical Officer Earns TopLeadership Award By Maj. Matt DeVivo, 113 Sustainment Brigade, Public Affairs thCamp Arifjan, Kuwait — US Army Medical level and simultane-Command selected Capt. Jacqueline Brinson, ously managed rolesa member of North Carolina National Guard’s as NC Army National113th Sustainment Brigade, as this year’s Army Guard Assistant DeputyNational Guard recipient of the Capt. John R. Surgeon and the StateTeal Leadership Award. The award is named in Medical Detachmenthonor of Teal; the first medical officer killed in commander.Operation Iraqi Freedom. “Brinson’s receipt Teal, a Medical Service Corps (MSC) Of- of this award is anficer for the 4th Infantry Division, died from acknowledgment by theinjuries he sustained on October 23, 2003 near surgeon general and theBaqubah, Iraq after a roadside bomb detonated medical operations con-near his convoy. Upon his death, the Army sultant to the surgeonMedical Command established the John R. Teal general, of her manyAward, which annually recognizes MSC officers years of outstandingand NCOs who have made significant contribu- duty and performance,”tions to the medical community and displayed stated Col. John Grote,exceptional soldiering skills. senior medical opera- Speaking about her award, Brinson said, tions officer attached to Capt. Jacqueline Brinson, a medical service opera-“I was very excited and a bit emotional when I the 113th Sustainment tions officer, is deployed with NC National Guard’sfound out that I received the Capt. John R. Teal Brigade. 113th Sustainment Brigade in support of OperationLeadership Award. I’ve worked long and hard Brinson will receive Enduring Freedom. Brinson is this year’s Armysupporting North Carolina National Guard units a plaque, a surgeon National Guard recipient of the Capt. John R.during their home-station mobilization and re- general congratulatory Teal Leadership Award which annually recognizesdeployment events and it’s a wonderful feeling note and an Army com- MSC officers and non-commissioned officers whoknowing your efforts have been acknowledged mendation medal to be have made significant contributions to the medicalby leaders in your career field as having made a presented by her home community and displayed exceptional soldieringdifference in an organization.” station commander. skills. (Courtesy Photo) Brinson, from Fayetteville, NC, has worked Brinson’s unit isin medical operations at the state and brigade currently on a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and will redeploy home to NC this winter.400+ years of service —Steel Warrant Officers of the 113th SustainmentSubmitted by MAJ Matt Devivo, 113th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Officer CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - With 18 warrant officers assigned to the 113th Sustainment Brigade, the Greensboro, NC, based unit has over 400 combined years of expertise in various fields. “This is unusual for a brigade,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Roberta Toshumba, one of the 113th SB’s warrant officers. “Usually, you only find a handful of warrant officers in a brigade.” The 113th SB warrant officers, respectfully nicknamed the “warrant officer mafia,” offer experience and their subject matter expertise in: maintenance, munitions, general supply, supply and services, food service, personnel and human resources, mobility, contracting, electronics, information technology and communications and force management. (US Army photo by Sgt. Miko M. Booth, 113th Sustainment Brigade, Public Affairs)Page 8 — OCT/NOV 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
  • 9. One Day Marks Double Changes for the 449th TABBy Sgt. Kelly LeCompte, 449th TAB PAOMORRISVILLE, NC – August 4 marked a ceived redday of change for the North Carolina National roses andGuard’s 449th Theater Aviation Brigade, as Jenniferboth a new brigade commander, as well as a Piercenew battalion commander within the aviation receivedbrigade, were ceremoniously appointed inside a secondan aviation hanger at the units’ armory in Mor- bouquet,risville, NC. one of Battalion Commander LTC (P) Brian yellow In a rare staging event, three helicopters, (from left) a UH-Pierce transferred command of the 1st Bat- roses. 60 Blackhawk, a LUH72 Lakota, and an AH64 Apache, linetalion, 130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, Both the rear of an aviation hanger at the 449th Theater Aviation449th TAB, to incoming commander LTC change of Brigade’s headquarters in Morrisville, NC. The rotary wingedDenny Winningham, and Brigade Commander command aircraft adorned the double change of command ceremoniesCOL Todd Hunt transferred command of the ceremo- for 1st Battalion, 130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, and nies were the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade. (US Army Photo by Sgt. Kelly449th TAB to LTC (P) Pierce. LeCompte, 449th TAB PAO) In the beginning of the morning ceremony, officiallythe wives of both battalion commanders were marked with a tradition known as the passing of the colors. Every mili-presented bouquets of fresh roses. Jennifer tary unit has a unit flag, known as the colors. The spirit of a militaryPierce, wife of outgoing commander LTC (P) unit is embodied in the colors under which it fights and serves. The tra-Pierce, received fully bloomed red roses, to dition represents the transfer of responsibility for the accomplishmentsymbolize the fully blossomed relationship she of the mission and the welfare of the battalion’s Soldiers.has developed with the battalion, known as the During the 1-130th ARB ceremony, the battalion’s command ser-Panthers. Becca Winningham, wife of incom- geant major, CSM Derwood Norris, first passed the colors to LTC (P)ing commander LTC Winningham, received Pierce, who then passed the colors to the 449th TAB commander, COLyellow rose buds, symbolizing the new be- Todd Hunt. COL Hunt then passed the colors to LTC Winningham,ginning and arrival of the Panthers’ new first ceremoniously charging the new battalion commander with the respon-lady. sibility for the battalion. Similarly, in the afternoon brigade change In the same fashion, the brigade colors were passed from the bri-of command ceremony, Kim Hunt, wife of gade’s command sergeant major, CSM Gary Hamm, to COL Hunt, whooutgoing brigade commander COL Hunt, re- passed them to Assistant Adjutant General-Maneuver COL (P) Ronnie Coats, then to LTC Pierce, during the 449th TAB ceremony.430th EOD Participates in Southern Accord Explosive ordnance disposal technician Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice of the 430th EOD Company examines a piece of ordnance for a BDF soldier at the Shoshong Range in Botswana, Africa, during Southern Accord 2012. Dice participated in a mission to clear unexploded ordnance from the range, enabling US and BDF forces to train together during a multi-day field training exercise.Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Staff Sgt. JamesScott of the 430th EOD Company out of Washington, NC, (US Army photos byprovides support during the detonation of unexploded Sgt. Adam Fischman,ordnance at the Shoshong Range in Botswana, during 139th MPAD)Southern Accord 2012.Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org OCT/NOV 2012 — Page 9
  • 10. Protect Nest Egg from a Phony Golden Goose By Barbara Bennett, Investor Education Specialist/Military Liaison G old-related investments value, investors get only the principal back and the interest rate may are on the rise. vary significantly from that of a regular fixed rate CD. Historically speaking, 6. Gold is a “safe” investment: Gold is a commodity, and, like other the value of gold-related commodities, its price can fluctuate dramatically.investments fluctuates even more than the stock 7. Don’t catch “Gold Fever”: crowds of promoters stand ready to takemarket. Gold often moves in reverse of stocks and investors’ money. Beware of “exploration” companies with official-bonds, so when stocks are down, gold seems like looking geological surveys or financial statements, when in realitya very tempting investment. There are multiple there is little or no current production.ways to invest in gold: actual gold, gold mining 8. Precious metal IRAs: make it possible for investors to buy goldcompanies, etc. Know what you are getting into. with funds they already have. Gold must be insured and physicallyBefore jumping onto the gold bandwagon, there are shipped before going into storage in an approved depository, meaninga few things you might want to consider. investors cannot keep coins in a closet. 1. Mutual funds: even with gold in their Also, beware of these Gold Investment Scams: Scenario #1: Seller offers names, only about 10% of mutual funds to sell investors actual gold bullion, and then retain the gold in a “secure” vault, have assets invested in the metal itself. with promises to sell the gold for them as it gains value. In many instances, the 2. Gold mining stock: more volatile than gold does not exist. Scenario #2: A company encourages purchasing physical gold due to risks in investors to cash out of their poor-performing investments discovering and mining the metal. to purchase gold. The investor ends up with a large bag of 3. Exchange-traded product: investor worthless gold colored coins. purchases a share in a trust, which Before investing in gold, ask yourself some questions. represents ownership in physical bars of Do I understand this investment? Is this investment right gold. These trusts may have hidden costs for me? Have I verified the promoter is legitimate? As with and higher taxation rates. any investment opportunity, you should contact the N.C. 4. Buying gold online: be sure to perform due Department of the Secretary of State’s Securities Division diligence to find a reputable dealer because to determine if the person recommending the investment no dealers are authorized or affiliated with and the investment itself are properly registered in North Carolina. Call us at the U.S. Mint. (800) 688-4507. Find much more useful information to protect yourself and 5. Gold CDs: can be as misleading as “fool’s your financial future by visiting us at www.sosnc.com. gold.” If the commodity decreases in OCS Graduation — 2012 (Left to right) MG Greg Lusk, NC Ad- jutant General; Distinguished Graduate 2LT Steffen G. Schollaer; and COL John Byrd, 139th Regiment (CA) Commander. FORT BRAGG, NC — The North Carolina Army National Guard welcomed 23 new second lieutenants into its ranks dur- ing a commissioning ceremony for the North Carolina Military Academy Officer Candidate School graduates held at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Hundreds of family, friends and fellow Soldiers turned out for the event in which Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, the adjutant general of North Carolina, administered the oath of office. (US Army photos by Staff Sgt. Latoria Mckoy, NCNG Public Affairs )Page 10 — OCT/NOV 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
  • 11. Retirees Gather in Eden for ReunionBy Ann Somers FishEDEN - Each year, former members of the 731st In 1940, the total strengthMaintenance Company out of Wentworth; the of the United States5-113th Battalion Charlie Battery, formerly of Army, Navy, Army-AirEden; and the 113th Brigade Headquarters out of Force and Marines wasGreensboro gather in Eden for a reunion. 175,000, ranking 17th as This year’s invitation read “Your orders are a world military power,as follows: You are to be at the Whistle Jacket he said. On Sept. 14,Restaurant at 1800 hours on 21 July 2012.” 1940 a total of 300,800 Although many were from Rockingham National Guardsmen wereCounty or other North Carolina locations, at mobilized throughout theleast one former Guardsman drove seven hours nation to serve in Worldfrom Macon, GA. War II. About a month They all agreed the trip they had to make to later, the draft began.the dinner were well worth it. “Thank God, we had All 38 retirees attending had at least 20 about 14 months to getyears each of service with the Guard, some with ready for Pearl Harbor,”as many as 38 years. Several served in Vietnam. Hoover said. Pearl HarborSome were among the more than 200 members was bombed Dec. 7, 194l. (Left to right) COL (Ret) John Sabatof the 731st Maintenance Company called up in After the war, the and CSM (Ret) Wink Hoover.August of 1991 to serve in the first Gulf War. National Guard was reor-Six full colonels attended the dinner. ganized in the state in 1947, and the Leaksville (now Eden) unit came into CSM (RET) Winfred “Wink” Hoover of being as A Cannon Company 120th Infantry Battalion, 30th Division.Eden began hosting the dinners in 1984 with 24 During the dinner, Col. Earl Taylor of Charlotte recognized the wivesveterans attending. At that time, only men were of the men attending, telling them the men couldn’t have served as they didinvited to attend. Now the wives also are invited without the support of their loved ones at home.as are former female members of the Guard. Families had to “put up with” the absences of their National Guard hus- “Many of those who attended the first event bands/fathers over a long period of time, he said. Although most absencesare no longer living,” he said. They were World were short-term – at least a weekend every month – occasionally such as inWar II veterans. 1991, the Guard was activated for longer periods. “The National Guard and the Reserve have In the last eight or nine years, some Guardsmen have served two andbeen an integral part of this country since its in- three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Hoover said.ception,” Hoover said. “The Minutemen in 1776 After the dinner, Col. Brian Kilgariff of Greensboro, in a private con-were the same as today’s National Guard and versation, praised Hoover, saying his rank of Command Sergeant Major isReserves.” one “achieved by very few enlisted people in the United States Army. “He is one of the few men who command the respect of both the enlisted (personnel) and of- ficers he served with.” Hoover “left an indelible mark on people he led,” said Kilgariff, who re- tired out of the Army Special Forces. “He led by example,” the Colonel said. “He is a true soldier and warrior.” After the dinner, the former Guardsmen en- joyed regaling stories about their “adventures” during their service years. Former members of the 731st Maint Co, Btry C 5-113th, HHC 113th Bde pose for a group photo at their reunion.Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org OCT/NOV 2012 — Page 11
  • 12. Being a Couple Again after Deployment:Help for when the honeymoon seems overA t the Raleigh Vet Center we know with an intense tutorial intended to get you on the path to peaceful con- about honeymoons, readjustment flict resolution. Couples learn to intensify their bond and enhance their from deployed life to home life and day-to-day operations by resolving common issues once and for all.we know about the impact that tours of com- They add this structured skill set to their toolbox for relationship main-bat, recent or not, can have on a marriage or tenance and for emergency repairs! You’ll end this series as a bettersignificant relationship. It’s because so many listener, a more loving partner and hopefully, in the relationship you’verelationships struggle “after the honeymoon” always hoped for.that we developed the Relationship Series; a Are you ready to participate? It’s easy. We will briefly pre-screenpsycho educational group for couple’s who you on the phone and set up an appointment to orient you to the center.want to protect, improve, repair and just gener- If you and your partner are appropriate participants for this series, youally care for their relationship. will be added to the list for our next group. Don’t worry about timing The series is made up of three 5 session or making a 15 week commitment! We have new couples entering andsegments, each with its own unique focus. We graduating from this series every five weeks! Just pick up the phonebegin by helping couples understand some of and give us a call. By D. Jocelyn Cahall, L.C.S.W., Raleigh Vet Centerthe common struggles shared by many who Counselor.have lived through combat tours, or the aftermath, and have struggled with many of the Vet Centers, a branch of the Department of Veteran Affairs, offerssame challenges. We move on to the work of readjustment counseling to combat veterans, MST veterans, and theirestablishing healthy foundations and end with families. The Raleigh Vet Center is located at 1649 Old Louisburg Rd,intensive conflict resolution training. Raleigh, N.C. 27603, their phone number is (919) 856-4616. Other While most combat veterans will have locations are in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, andsome readjustment issues, it is just as likely Jacksonville; as well as across the US. Not all programs are availablethat they will naturally recover and return to at each location. All our services are free of charge; thank you fornormal. Others will “get stuck” and find it par- your service to our countryticularly difficult to live and to love as they didpreviously and some will even exhibit symp-toms of post traumatic stress, making it doubly North Carolina Division ofdifficult to “get back to being themselves.”In the first segment of our series, we iden- Veterans Affairstify these common reactions, from the vet’sperspective and from the partner’s. We help The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairsmotivate couples to hang in there and to start offers a program of assistance to veterans andseeing each other in new ways. The Five Love their dependents with claims for Federal, State,Languages, by Gary Chapman, is a concept and local benefits. There is no charge for theused to spark interest in the other person’s per- services of this Division. A statewide network ofceptions of love and to get folks talking about offices is maintained, staffed by persons who arehow they show love and interpret love. As a trained and experienced in advising and actively assisting citizens con-gift, we give each couple a copy of Mr. Chap- cerning various veterans’ benefits. The Division is a 100% State agency,man’s book. yet it is accredited by the Federal Government to represent persons be- We follow this up in segment two by fore the US Department of Veterans Affairs respecting benefits to whichexploring Stephen Covey’s “8 Habits of Suc- they may be entitled. About 85% of all assistance rendered North Caro-cessful Marriages.” It’s here that individuals lina veterans and their dependents are handled by the State and counties.discover their own potential to harness more Because it receives no Federal funds, with their accompanying controlspower in the relationship, to establish a com- and restraints, it is free to vigorously represent the interests of Northmon vision for the relationship and build a Carolina citizens in seeking veteran’s benefits to which they are entitled.more intimate and exciting connection. We Persons needing information or assistance respecting veteran’sprovide each couple with a copy of Mr. Cov- benefits should contact their nearest veteran’s service office. Countyey’s successful book on the subject as well as Veterans Service Offices are located in nearly all of the counties invaluable workbook and calendar to keep. North Carolina and are usually situated in the county seat. For more in- Conflict is alive and well in all relation- formation you can look on-line at http://www.doa.nc.gov/vets/ and thereships. For this reason we wrap up our series is a listing by county of the offices or call (919) 807-4250.Page 12 — OCT/NOV 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
  • 13. Tarheel Retiree Homecoming and the National Guard’s 376th Birthday Celebration 2012 FOR: Army and Air National Guard Retirees DATE: Thursday, December 13, 2012 TIME: 1000 HRS LOCATION: New Joint Force Headquarters, 1636 Gold Star Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607 EVENT REGISTRATION: 0900-1000 HRS INCLUDES: Mission update; benefits seminar; various information stations; luncheon; social time; and celebrating the National Guard’s 376th Birthday. REGISTRATION: Send the form below and a check for $15.00 per person payable to “NCNG Retiree Luncheon” on or before 1 December 2012 to: JFHQ-NC-PAO-CR ATTN: Tarheel Homecoming 1636 Gold Star Drive Raleigh, NC 27607 Registration Form also available on the NCNG Public Website at: http://www.nc.ngb.army.mil/index.php/retirees/ NOTE: Seating is limited to 450; please make your reservation as soon as possible. QUESTIONS: Contact the following personnel with questions: MSG Jimmy Bright Office: (919) 664 - 6000 x46843 Cell: (919) 612-5421 CPT Matthew Boyle Office: 919) 664 - 6000 x46829 Cell: (919) 741 - 7599 SGT Kalithia Adams Office: (919) 664 - 6000 x46902 2012 NCNG TARHEEL HOMECOMING and the National Guard’s 376th Birthday Celebration Registration Form Attendee Name and Rank (RET): Guest Name (s): Please provide the following Mailing address: E-mail Address: Home or Cell Phone:Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org OCT/NOV 2012 — Page 13
  • 14. Separated or Retired from the NC National Guard? Want to earn extra money? Come to the Retiree Network Workshop on Thursday, 8 November 2012 at 10:30 a.m. The workshop will be held at the NC National Guard Association office, located at 7410 Chapel Hill Road, Raleigh NC. What is the Retiree Network? This program is comprised of separated/retired NC Guard members that visit NC National Guard units during drill weekends to tell Soldiers and Airmen about the benefits of being in the NC National Guard and a member of the NCNGA. The workshop will last approximately two hours and will provide the information and tools you will need to assist the NCNGA in its membership drive. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please call Teri Foster at 1-800-821-6159, ext 1 or email her at teri.gregory.foster@gmail.com. We hope to see you on 8 November! NCNGA Insured Members — Have YOU Checked Your Beneficiary Lately? We have experienced several claims in the past two years where beneficiaries had not been updated and ex-spouses (or ex-friends) received the death benefits of the member’s NC National Guard Association’s Group Life insurance. Have you had a change in your marital status? Do you know who you have designated as your beneficiary? Contact us at 1-800-821-6159 and either Teri Foster at ext 1, or Rhonda Arndt at ext 0, will be glad to assist you. The North Carolina Department of the American Legion Thanks You for Your Service to Our State and Nation!We invite you to visit any of our 334 Posts, statewide, visit our website www.nclegion.org, email us at nclegion@nc.rr.com, or call 919-832-7506. “For God and Country - Still Serving Proudly.”Page 14 — OCT/NOV 2012 www.ncnga.org Tarheel Guardsman
  • 15. North Carolina Army Veteran to Ride WildHorse 300 Miles for Wounded Warrior ProjectSubmitted by Emily ThomasWhat is more patriotic than an Army Veteran will onlyriding across the Southeast on two American have been inMustangs to raise money for the Wounded War- captivity forrior Project? Not much, that is, unless wounded about threeveterans hop on a mustang and ride along. months, in Jim Thomas, a retired Sergeant Major with ten days.the North Carolina Army National Guard, had Thomasa vision. Thomas is a regular competitor in the will switchExtreme Mustang Makeover, a competition that betweenpairs horse trainers from across the country with mountsuntouched wild horses to go head-to-head with along theother trainers, and wanted to use his involvement way, andin this year’s competition to make a difference invites anyin the lives of his brothers and sisters in uniform. wounded warrior who would like the opportunity to hop on his spare horse(http://www.extrememustangmakeover.com/) and ride along. He also has extended the invitation to his fellow competi- “My first thought was, ‘wouldn’t it be cool if tors to ride along on their own mustangs on the last leg of the journey intoI could use my mustangs to raise money for the Clemson, which will be Oct. 18, to support the WWP.WWP?’,” said Thomas. “Then I remembered an- To donate to “Mustangs for the Warrior,” please visit https://support.other EMM trainer from 2008 who rode his horse woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/mustangsforthewarrior/.from his home in Las Vegas to the competition To track Thomas’ progress along his route, or to send him words ofin Fort Worth. If he could do that, I could surely encouragement, please visit our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ride from Silk Hope, NC to Clemson, SC for the pages/Bar-T-Horsemanship/124070031041024) or our website (www.Bar-competition, raising money for the WWP along THorsemanship.com).the way.” If you’d like more information, or would like to speak with Thomas, The trek will be around 330 miles, which please contact Emily Thomas at 919-619-0045, or at ethomas04@gmail.com.Thomas hopes to tackle with two mustangs, who Individuals not listed in the June/July issue: In Memoriam Billie Jean Jennings Listed below are those members (and non-members), spouses and dependent children that have Spouse of recently passed away. If we have missed someone, please contact the Editor, Teri Foster at Joseph L. Jennings teri.gregory.foster@gmail.com or 800-821-6159 ext 1. Durham, NC 25 May 2012 Dorothy E. Lane McKinley Mangum Leokoshia L. Baldwin James C. Freeman Timothy C. Hicks Spouse of Roy Lane Durham, NC Daughter of St. Pauls, NC Ramseur, NC Elizabeth City, NC 17 July 2012 Kendell Baldwin 9 August 2012 4 June 2012 6 July 2012 Co E 230th BSB David W. Daniel Kinston, NC Demarcus S. Locklear Mary Helen Earnhardt Richard G. Wilson, NC 26 July 2012 2nd Bn 130th AVN Spouse of Cocklereece, Jr. 20 July 2012 Rgmt (Rear) Harold Earnhardt Greensboro, NC Randall Albertson Fort Bragg, NC 11 July 2012 Alice Garris Gibson Mount Olive, NC 9 August 2012 Rockwell, NC Emporia, VA 10 June 2012 30 July 2012 Isaac Hammonds 21 July 2012 Clayton H. Wilson Tommy M. Jones, Jr. Son of Jerry W. Hamilton Zionville, NC Salisbury, NC James P. Hammonds Frederick Fabean Rockingham, NC 25 August 2012 16 June 2012 Fayetteville, NC Durham, NC 2 August 2012 11 July 2012 22 July 2012 Jerry L. Baker Millie Morrow Aaron D. Little Nashville, NC Spouse of Nancy T. Poole Robert E. Fish Hamlet, NC 3 September 2012 William T. Morrow Spouse of Gastonia, NC 6 August 2012 Murrells Inlet, SC Harvey L. Poole 16 July 2012 Charlotte, NC 29 June 2012 22 July 2012Tarheel Guardsman www.ncnga.org OCT/NOV 2012 — Page 15
  • 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 Plan now to join us 26-28 April 2013 for the NC National Guard Combined Event in Winston-Salem, NC. There are many activities, historic areas and museums in the area, as well as shopping and golf. We hope to see you there! Winston-Salem Points of Interest — Historic Areas Site of the first settlement in Forsyth County. Guided tour includes 1788 German Church and A view within Old Salem Museums & Gardens, as reconstructed fort. Medicine Garden and nature it faces downtown Winston-Salem. Photo provided preserve on site. Photo by Gail Jones. by Visit Winston-Salem. Old Salem Museums & Gardens, located less than 1-1/2 Bethabara Park, settled in 1753, was a German- miles from the Marriott Hotel and Embassy Suites, is speaking, Protestant settlement. It features a comprised of historically restored museum buildings and restored 1788 church, archaeological ruins, a homes of the Moravian settlement, craftsmen practicing reconstructed village, a French and Indian War their trade, collections of rare antiques, and one-of-a-kind fort. There are 20 miles of nature trails, for those gift shopping, and a wonderful bakery that offers world- wanting to take a hike through the woods and renowned Moravian cookies. Visit the Tavern at Old enjoy nature. This park is located approximately Salem or Mayberry’s Restaurant, above Winkler Bakery 5 1/2 miles from downtown Winston-Salem. for a refreshing beverage and meal.

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