North Carolina National Guard Year in Review 2013

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For more than 350 years, the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) has protected the lives and property of our fellow citizens when called upon. It is a volunteer military force composed of nearly 12,000 citizen-soldiers and airmen who have sworn to support and defend the constitutions of the United States and North Carolina.

Throughout 2013, the NCNG participated in and led several events in support of state and federal agencies as well as fostering strong, enduring relationships with local partners from N.C. Emergency Management.

 Photo of Major General Gregory A. LuskThe NCNG values their commitment to the citizens of N.C. and as they continue their journey into the future, the Guard will always be here; ready to respond when North Carolina is threatened by a disaster or other emergency.

From Hurricane Floyd in 1999 to fighting forest fires in the Western United States, the NCNG continues their enduring mission; to protect the lives and property of the citizens of our state and nation. The Guard has been here since the birth of our nation. The NCNG continues to be Always Ready and Always There!

Major General Gregory A. Lusk
Adjutant General, North Carolina National Guard

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NCNG Aviation Assets Provide Critical Support at Home and Nationwide

North Carolina National Guard aviation, both Army and Air Force, contribute immeasurablyNorth Carolina National Guard member prepares N.C. Paramedic from a North Carolina Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk during a NCHART training exercise at Lake Norman in May 2012.  (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen, North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs/Released) to supporting emergency operations. Throughout 2013, these assets continued that legacy here at home and nationwide.

Army aviators from the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade (TAB), headquartered in Morrisville, N.C., utilized specialized crews and their UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to support rescue operations in the western part of our state. The 449th TAB's 1-131st Aviation Battalion, a unit whose primary aircraft is the Blackhawk, supported the North Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART) in the execution of five search and rescue missions. NCHART is a specialized team comprised of N.C. Emergency Management, NCNG, N.C. State Highway Patrol and local first responders.

Members of the North Carolina Air National Guard’s 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron participate in a National Disaster Medical System Drill at Raleigh-Durham Airport in Morrisville, N.C., May 31, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Jordan / Released)In addition to NCHART, the NCNG’s Joint Force Headquarters continued to sustain domestic operations through support to civil authorities, which includes search and rescue, counterdrug and drug interdiction support to law enforcement.

The N.C. Air Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing (AW) was the lead planner for a joint exercise involving elements of the Air National Guard and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Major Accident Response Exercise, which consisted of 142 first responders from 14 different local, state and federal agencies. The 145th also provided Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) certification for Air National Guard and city fire departments throughout North Carolina; together, they certified nearly 200 personnel.

The 145th AW also provided support to civil authorities with their Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), A North Carolina Air National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft specially fitted with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) executes training runs in Wyoming in May 2011.   (U.S. Air Force photos by Tech Sgt. Rich Kerner, North Carolina Air National Guard Public Affairs/Released)utilizing C-130 Hercules aircraft to fight forest fires throughout the western part of the country. In all, 145th MAFFS flew 60 sorties, conducted 70 drops, dumping more than 158,000 gallons of retardant and flew a total of nearly 60 flight hours to help curtail forest fires in California, Arizona and Wyoming.

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NCNG Units Train for Civil Support, Missions Abroad

The North Carolina National Guard’s 60th Troop Command (TC) is a unique organization composed of multiple assets whose primary mission is to support civil authorities and overseas contingency operations, while also coordinating and providing units all over the state with additional training and/or resources.North Carolina National Guardsmen train at a Rapid Reaction Force exercise at the Franklin Water Treatment Plant on June 13, 2013.  (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen, North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs/Released)

In 2013, subordinate units of the 60th TC prepared other NCNG units to assume the role of North Carolina’s enduring Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) mission. Headquartered in Raleigh, the 60th TC trained and validated over 400 citizen-soldiers from the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) to respond as North Carolina’s RRF.

The RRF is a ready team that can be utilized by the Governor within 24-hours of notification for security operations in support of civil authorities. During this training, the soldiers defended civilians, protected civil infrastructure and property, dispersed illegal crowds and worked with civilian law enforcement and first A French Lt. Col. (left) thanks Command Sgt. Maj. Maestas, for his performance as Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Support Battalion as part of the Multinational Force Observer mission in Egypt.  (Photo by U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Elliot Westbrook, 5-113th Field Artillery/Released)responders to resolve simulated disturbances and emergencies in the area.

Overseas, the 60th TC’s 5-113th Field Artillery deployed in support of the Multinational Observer Force mission in the Sinai between Egypt and Israel. The 5-113th observed and reported activity between the nations in compliance with the accord.

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NCNG Provides Support in Community Events

The North Carolina National Guard prides itself in being an active participant in community events. NCNG Soldiers and Airmen reside in all 100 counties of our state and provide continuous support for events in the communities in which they serve.North Carolina National Guard 440th Army marches down the roads of downtown Raleigh, Jan. 12, 2013, during the 74th North Carolina governor’s inauguration ceremony.  (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Craig Norton, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released)

The 60th TC’s 440th Army Band provides a strong and consistent connection between the NCNG, community organizations and the citizens of our state.

In 2013, the 440th’s outreach continued through their involvement with performances and ceremonies all over the state. The 440th supported Governor Pat McCrory’s inauguration and dozens of dedications, memorials, and parades.

Adjutant General of North Carolina, Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk, talks to two American Legion Baseball players from the California at the American Legion World Series in Shelby N.C., Aug. 18, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard Photos by Staff Sgt. Mary Junell, 382nd Public Affairs Detachment/Released)The 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), headquartered in Charlotte, also provided similar support during this year’s American Legion World Series with static displays and Soldiers in Shelby over the summer. The 130th executed these duties as part of the Adjutant General’s Campaign Plan.

The NCNG remains dedicated to maintaining positive relationships through community outreach events and engagements at the local and unit level in order to further our involvement in the communities in which we serve.

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NCNG Helps Maintain Strong Bonds with Partners Overseas

While NCNG units sustained a strong presence here at home, they also maintained strong bonds with the countries of Botswana, Africa and Moldova through North Carolina’s State Partnership Program (SPP).

In years past, the NCNG has been an influential and useful tool in SPP. As state partners, the countries of Botswana, located in southern Africa, and Moldova in eastern Europe participated in programs in the areas of civilian to civilian, business to business and military to military collaborations.

In all, the NCNG participated in 40 engagements this training year (19 in Moldova and 21 in Botswana). Missions ranged from humanitarian support and education initiatives to research, technology and entrepreneurial development. These missions were performed while maintaining close military unit relationships between nations.

The NCNG was involved in numerous humanitarian collaborations in Moldova, such as the Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) program, which provided for joint collaboration with Moldova’s medical services and first responders on best practices for initial aid to those injured by Unexploded Ordinance, and also work with medical professionals on dental programs.Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry greets members of the Botswana Defense Force.

In addition, senior military and government leaders from Botswana collaborated this year on four separate engagements with North Carolina business, government, wildlife and military personnel. The NCNG fostered their relationship by sharing how North Carolina executes interagency Emergency Support Operations. Botswana Chaplains visited to observe how military chaplains provide religious support, and Botswana’s Innovation Hub visited to understand how private research and development companies widen business and education relationships with local universities to increase research and development of new technologies. Finally, Botswana’s Senior Animal Handler visited the Asheboro zoo to see how they provide and care for exotic animals, while also examining how the park operates and is financially managed.

The Guard will continue to foster enduring relationships with their SPP partners in order to support U.S. objectives, as well as future development and growth with their allies overseas.

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Contact: Crystal Feldman
Phone: (919) 733-5027

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