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Sunday, December 03, 2006

NGAUS Notes: 12/1/2006

Planning Set for NGAUS Industry Day Next Week.
More than 200 corporate officials will gather Wednesday in The National Guard Memorial in Washington, D.C., for the ninth annual NGAUS Industry Day.

The association established the daylong event in 1997 to bring together Guard procurement officers with companies that offer military-related products and services.

Over the years, Industry Day has also attracted members of Congress and their staffs, NGAUS board members and state Guard association officials.

This year, the association will offer for the first time a mini workshop on doing business with the Guard to companies unfamiliar with the unique procurement needs and procedures of the nation's only dual state/federal military organization.

NGAUS officials will conduct the workshop Dec. 5, the day before Industry Day.

The Industry Day agenda includes a presentation on how NGAUS works with industry by association legislative staff and a congressional perspective on equipment issues from Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., co-chair of the House Guard and Reserve Caucus.

Attendees will also get an overview of current and long-term Army and Air Guard equipment and modernization requirements from senior National Guard Bureau officers.

They will also receive an update on exhibition opportunities at the Adjutants General Association conference in June in Anchorage, Alaska, and the 129th NGAUS General Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in August.

Industry Day will conclude in time for the dedication of the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom exhibit in the National Guard Memorial Museum that same day at 4 p.m.

Additional Industry Day information is available at NGAUS.org.

Guard Museum to Dedicate Terror War Exhibit.
A new exhibit featuring the National Guard's participation in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom opened this week at The National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The museum's official dedication ceremony is Dec. 6 during NGAUS Industry Day.

"The mission of the museum is to educate the public about the history and legacy of the National Guard," said Jason Hall, National Guard Educational Foundation (NGEF) director. "The Guard's participation in Iraq and Afghanistan tells in great detail the next chapter in the Guard's history - a chapter in which so many Guardsmen have fought and sacrificed."

Items donated by Guardsmen from each combat theater include a Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) and flight suit worn in Iraq and a flight tunic from Afghanistan.

A touch-screen monitor will allow visitors access to hundreds of additional digital Guard images.

Doug Hartman, president of Hartman Historical Services, completed the final installation of the exhibit this week. The NGEF board of directors approved his proposal in July.

Earlier this year, the NGAUS board of directors approved a fundraising drive led by Hazell Booker, NGAUS director of industry and association liaison. Over a three-month period, corporate members, state associations and individuals donated more than $50,000 for the project. The names of the more than 100 contributors are also part of the new exhibit. Several will be present at the dedication next Wednesday.

The museum is open weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit NGAUS.

Publication Discusses Adoption Options for Military Personnel.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Wherever My Family Is: That's Home! Wednesday to highlight adoption practices that help minimize the adoption obstacles military families face.

"Military families have many strengths, including flexibility and a strong sense of community, that make them good foster and adoptive parents," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Wade F. Horn. "This new guide will help state agencies work effectively with military personnel to assure that all families who want to give a child a loving home can do so."

The user-friendly guide is designed not only for social work practitioners, but for military families contemplating adoption or foster parenting. It is sprinkled with stories of real adoptive military families.

"This guide supports the professionals dedicated to supporting military families as they navigate the requirements to fulfill their dreams of adopting children," said Barbara Thompson, director of the Office of Family Policy at the Defense Department. "The strengths of military families are recognized - and helping others understand those strengths will overcome many of the hurdles faced by families who relocate and live across the world."

A team including representatives of the HHS Children's Bureau, The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids, The Adoption Exchange, Inc., McKenzie Consulting, Inc., the National Military Family Association and the American Public Human Services Association prepared the publication.

The guide is available online at www.Adopt US Kids.org.

Communications Dept. Seeks Seasoned Staff Writer.
The National Guard Association has an immediate opening for an experienced staff writer. Selected candidate will contribute to National Guard, the association's monthly magazine, NGAUS Notes and the NGAUS Web site.

Duties include writing short news stories and covering a variety of hearings on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.

For the magazine, the successful candidate will contribute at least one substantial feature story each month and assist in editing and producing the final product. Some travel is required.

Candidates must have five years of reporting experience. Familiarity with the military and the National Guard is preferred.

Interest in writing about military/legislative topics a must. Car required. Salary: low- to mid-40s. Excellent benefits include health and dental coverage and a 401k plan. Convenient Capitol Hill location.

Please send cover letter, resume and three writing samples to:
    Communications Department,
    National Guard Association,
    One Massachusetts Ave., NW,
    Washington, D.C., 20001.
    Fax: 202-682-9358.
    E-mail: Chris Prawdzik.
Please enter "Application" in the subject line if sending e-mail.

This Week in Guard History.
Nov. 27, 1969: Indianapolis, Indiana - Families, friends and dignitaries welcome home members of the Company D, 151st Infantry (Ranger) following the company's tour in Vietnam.

The unit is the only reserve ground combat unit to serve in Vietnam. During its tour, Company D suffered two Guard fatalities along with two non-Guard combat deaths. An additional two Guardsmen would die in accidents, one stateside in an auto crash and one in a noncombat related helicopter crash in Vietnam.

The soldiers in the company are set up in teams of eight to 14 men each and were flown by helicopter into jungle areas to conduct reconnaissance patrols. Most of their missions were done without enemy contact, with the Viet Cong unaware of the observation mission. The Rangers often returned with detailed information used to plan ground raids and air strikes.

NGAUS History.
In January 1963, with a new Congress in town, the time was ripe for Guard leaders to renew acquaintances with returning senators and representatives and meet the freshman lawmakers.

As a result, NGAUS committees on legislation and Army affairs, the NGAUS executive council, Adjutants General Association of the United States (AGAUS) members and National Guard Executive Directors Association representatives met in rapid succession with big names in Washington at a NGAUS reception.

Guests at the event included such service leaders as Army Secretary Cyrus A. Vance and Gen. Curtis LeMay, Air Force chief of staff. A total of more than 700 civilian and military leaders and their spouses attended the event.

The receiving line underneath the display of state flags included Maj. Gen. William H. Harrison Jr., NGAUS president, Lt. Gen. Carl L. Phinney, NGAUS vice president, and Maj. Gen. James F. Cantwell, AGAUS president.
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