Get Ready for Louisville “Derby City” NGAUS Conference

Please download form, fill out and return with payment to Augie Grace, 3 Arbor Court, Burlington, MA 01803

2017 NGAUS Registration Form

Interested in attending the NGAUS Conference as a Delegate or Company Grade Professional Development candidate, please take note of the following:

NGAMA’s Incoming President Lt Col Jay Oberton and Executive Director Augie Grace wanted to communicate some of this information to you and encourage you to attend this great event. The 139th General Conference will be held 7-10 September 2017 at the Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, KY.

  • What you can expect in Louisville- Louisville is the home of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Basketball legend Magic Johnson once referred to the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival as “the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras rolled into one.” The Kentucky National Guard Association hopes to give you that Derby feeling during our stay. Louisville is also the home of bourbon. Many distilleries are in downtown Louisville along Whiskey Row. The city’s Urban Bourbon Experience is a world-class culinary scene. It is also the home of the Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat Museum and Factory. Four Street Live is an epicenter of nightclubs and restaurants. The Muhammed Ali Center honors Ali’s, who was born in Louisville, life and legacy. Nearby are the United Stated Bullion Depository and the Patten Museum at Fort Knox, and the Kentucky “Bourbon Trail”.
  • The Schedule of Activities– The Governor’s Reception will be held at Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Association is trying to schedule a couple of live races to give us a true Churchill Downs experience. The Fun Run will be at Waterfront Park, along the Ohio River. Hospitality Night and the Company Grade and Warrant Officer Mixer will be at Four Street Live. The States Dinner will feature “Derby Attire” and will be at the Kentucky Expo Center. Of course, the traditional NGAUS Conference events including the Business Sessions, the Army/Air Separate Sessions, Elections, Resolutions, Task Force meetings and Industry Exhibitions will be held.
  • New England Hospitality Night- Once again all the New England States have agreed to host the New England Hospitality Night. We have already made arrangement to host New England Night at the Louisville Howl At The Moon. Those who attended the 2016 Baltimore NGAUS Conference remember that New England Night at the Baltimore Howl At the Moon was one of the highlights of the Conference. We intend to again make it another great event.
  • Hotel-The Massachusetts Delegation will be staying at the Downtown Marriott Hotel. It is a beautiful hotel located a block from the heart of the city. Hotel rooms will be $131.00 plus taxes per night. NGAMA has 28 hotel rooms We expect to use all 28 rooms so please send in your room deposits by 30 June.
  • Bring Your Spouse/Significant Other– We would encourage you to bring your significant other and make the NGAUS Conference a vacation getaway. Downtown Louisville will offer you plenty to see and do. Catch the whole atmosphere of attending the Kentucky Derby by participating in the many Derby themed events.
  • Louisville 2017 and Boston 2020– As we begin our preparation for hosting our Boston 2020 NGAUS Conference, we need to be mindful that it will be “our turn” in just three short years. NGAMA needs to have experienced Committee Chairmen and volunteers to host a successful NGAUS Conference. We would encourage as many NGAMA members, especially junior officers to attend these NGAUS Conferences, so they will be clear concerning the expectations of hosting a NGAUS Conference. There is an opportunity for junior officers to attend a NGAUS Conference while on orders. Please refer to the information listed on the Professional Development bulletin.
  • Conference and Hotel Registrations– The Executive Director Augie Grace will be making all the Conference and Hotel reservations. At the March 4th NGAMA State Conference, Delegate Request forms were made available. The Delegate Request forms will also be available at the NGAMA web site. All attending the NGAUS Conference must submit a $100 hotel deposit with their Conference registration. NGAMA pays the $165.00 Conference registration fee for those selected as delegates or selected to participate in Officer Professional Development. We ask that you submit your reservation by 30 June.
  • Company Grade Professional Development Opportunities– Like the last few years we again expect that NGB will make available Professional Development funds for this Louisville Conference. Company Grade Officers, WO1’s and CW2’s will be permitted to attend the NGAUS Conference on orders with all their expenses paid. If these funds become available, interested parties must apply and be selected. Any interested Officers must submit a registration form by 30 June. Please pass this information on to your junior officers.
  • Additional Information/Questions- If you have any additional questions or need information regarding the Louisville NGAUS Conference please contact Executive Director Augie Grace at Agrace1184@aol.com or at 781-799-7299.

NGAMA Officers & Executive Board Nominations Are Open

Nominations for the NGAMA Officers and Executive Committee may be done one of three ways:

  1. Written nomination. You can be nominated by submitting a written nomination signed by 10 NGAMA dues paying members. The deadline is January 4, 2017
  2. Nomination Committee. You can be nominated by the NGAMA Nominating Committee. If you want to be considered by the Nominating Committee please send an email by February 1 to contact@ngama.org.
  3. You can be nominated from the floor during the March 4 Business Meeting.

The following positions will be voted on at the March 4 NGAMA Business Meeting:

Second Vice President (Army) – The person who serves in this position will serve one year as Second Vice President, one year as First Vice President and then become the President in 2015. The following year they will serve as Immediate Past President.

Secretary

This is a two (2) year term.

Marketing Director

This is a two (2) year term.

Executive Committee (Army)

Two positions available- This is a one year term.

Executive Committee (Air)

One position available- This is a one year term.

Appointed Executive Committee positions:

The incoming President will also be appointing one Army Executive Committee member and one Air Executive Committee member. If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, you should contact Lt Col Jay Oberton.

NGAMA is also seeking members to serve on the various Committees including the Finance, Membership, By-laws, the Battle Road 5K Road Race Committee, Legislative and Resolutions Committee. If interested in finding a full explanation of the responsibility of each committee, please review the Committees listed on the “Our Membership” page.

If you would like to participate in your Association, please contact a member of the Executive Committee or contact contact@ngama.org and someone will contact you about serving on a Standing Committee.

Planning Starts for March 3-4 State Conference

The NGAMA Executive Committee has begun planning for the March 3-4, 2017 NGAMA State Conference. The Conference will be held at the Westford Regency, Westford, MA. More specifics will follow but here is the tentative schedule of activities:

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cocktail Reception (by invitation) for Corporate Members

Casino Night- Open to all Conference participants. Food, beverages, games of chance and prizes

Saturday, March 4, 2017

OPD for all Officers of the Massachusetts National Guard (more details to follow)

Spouse Luncheon

NGAMA Business Meeting and Election of Officers

Nation’s First Military Ball

Commanders Dinner Plans

Commander’s Dinner Plans Announced- December 14th

The annual NGAMA Commander’s Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2015, at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel. The social hour starts at 1800 Hours with the dinner and presentations starting at 1900 Hours. The Commander’s Dinner provides an opportunity for MAJ Ryan Chandler, the NGAMA President and the Executive Committee to brief the Commanders on the plans for the 2017 NGAMA year.

The Unit Nonprofit Liaisons are also being invited to attend this year’s dinner. A short training session will be held (1815-1845 hours) for the Unit Nonprofit Liaisons.

Dress will be Business Casual.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by December 9, 2016 to Membership Chairman, CPT Landon Mavrelis at landon.s.mavrelis.mil@mail.mil or by calling 774-286-1318.

NGAMA CGO's Take Advantage of NGAUS Professional Development Opportunities

NGAUS offers several programs directed to Company Grade Officers to assist them with their professional development and to better inform them of the importance of the work being done by NGAUS. Several NGAMA members took advantage of the summer NGAUS program and several more will be attending the upcoming Baltimore NGAUS Conference. Still available to Company Grade Officers is the year-long NGAUS Fellows Program.

NGAUS Washington, DC Officer Professional Development Program

Company Grade Officers who represented 52 states and territories were treated to a cookout at the home of the incoming National Guard Bureau Chief, went on tours of the Capitol and Pentagon and received an inside look at how NGAUS lobbies Congress. All of this was part of the first associated-funded officer professional development program that brings officers from each state and territory to the national’s capitol. State Associations selected the participants. Lt Gen. Joseph Lengyel who started as the NGB Chief hosted the group at a cookout and later formally addressed the group. Other speakers included Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, the director of the Army Guard, and Lt. Gen Scott Rice, director of the Air Guard. Congressional staffers also addressed the group. Attending the Washington, D.C. Professional Development weekend in July was 1 LT Angela Cincis from the 211 Military Police Battalion and 1 LT Jazmenly Liriano from the 125th Quartermaster Company. Attending the August session was 1st LT Jason Grimaldi from the 104th FW.

All the NGAMA members thought the weekend was a great experience. 1 LT Cincis said, “”It was an incredible opportunity to be in a room full of company-grade officers and have us be asked by Lt Gen. Lengyel, Lt Gen. Kadavy and Lt Gen. Rice for our feedback.” She added, “The OPD enhanced my appreciation and understanding of the organization, and its importance.”

1 LT Liriano felt the NGAUS OPD was the best experience of her military career. When asked what she valued from the weekend she said, “It was eye opening and gives you an insight on what NGAUS is fighting for to benefit the Soldiers. They spoke of the strategies and the map work of how these ideas are implemented all to ensure that our leaders are prepared and can be successful. I truly am grateful to have had such an opportunity and I couldn’t have been happier to attend such an event. It gives me more of an inspiration and motivation to continue on in my military career.”

The speakers were what impressed 1st LT Grimaldi. He wrote, “Overall, the NGAUS Officer Professional Development weekend was an outstanding event. The event included several great speakers, including the newest NGB Chief and Director for the ANG Lieutenant General Rice. The conference provided NG-wide perspective not normally available to young officers. Also, it was both informative and exciting to see what the other component has to offer (in my case, the ARNG). I feel that many times we spend a great deal of time concentrating on the unit-level worrying about our own mission. It was beneficial to better understand the bigger picture.”

All three NGAMA members said that if the program is offered again next year, they would highly recommend it.

Three CGO’s Attend NGAUS Conference

Three NGAMA members will be attending the upcoming NGAUS Conference on orders as part of the NGAUS Company Grade OPD. They are 1st LT Bonnie Harper, a Public Affairs Officer, Capt. Jason Hickox from the 104th FW, and 2nd LT Allen Magdycz also from the 104th FW. All three will attend OPD classes as well as the NGAUS Business Sessions and the NGAUS social events. They will be part of the 35 member NGAMA delegation that will be attending the Baltimore NGAUS Conference.

NGAUS Taking Applications for Fellows Program

NGAUS is currently taking application for the NGAUS Fellows Program. Application must be received by October 14, 2016. Selected individuals will be notified by November 14, 2016 and those selected will work at NGAUS from January 3, 2017-December 29, 2017. Candidates will be chosen through a competitive process.

The NGAUS Fellows Program is designed to bring Army and Air National Guard Lieutenants, Captains and Warrant Officers (WO1 and/or CW2) to NGAUS for a period of one year. The intent of the program is to develop practical experience in the fundamentals of interaction between the U.S. Congress and the agencies that affect the National Guard in both state and federal missions. The Fellow will be considered an exempt special situation employee of NGAUS with an annual salary of $50,000. For more information on the NGAUS Fellows Program, contact NGAMA Executive Director Augie Grace at 781-799-7299.

NGAMA Heads to Baltimore NGAUS Conference

Twenty- five NGAMA members lead by Maj Gen Gary Keefe and NGAMA Association President MAJ Ryan Chandler will be heading to Baltimore for the NGAUS Conference. The delegation including spouses and guest will total thirty-five people.

All the Business Session meetings will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. The impressive list of speakers includes Sen. Lindsey Graham, Co-Chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, and five four-star generals. Both the Democratic and Republic presidential nominees are also expected to attend and address the group.

Much NGAUS business will be conducted. Several NGAUS Officer positions will be up for election as well as at least one Bylaw proposal. An officer professional development program for company-grade and warrant officers is again part of the program. NGAMA will be sending three officers on orders to attend the Conference (see related story). More than 300 companies or organizations will be displayed at the industry exhibition.

The Conference also includes several social events. It will start with a Motorcycle Rally to Gettysburg, PA. Other traditional social events will include the Governor’s Reception and the closing States Dinner. Once again NGAMA has worked with the other New England States Association to plan a “New England Night” at the Howl at the Moon Piano Bar.

The Baltimore NGAUS Conference gives the members of NGAMA another opportunity to visit a NGAUS Conference before we serve as host of the Boston 2020 NGAUS Conference.

Life Member Annual Luncheon

Life Member Annual Luncheon September 28, 2016

 The NGAMA Annual Life Member Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the Hanscom AFB Minuteman Commons.

All Life Members are invited to attend. NGAMA members are also encouraged to attend and meet and socialize with our Life Members. If you are interested in attending you must RSVP by September 17, 2016.

The schedule for the Life Member Luncheon is as follows: 11:00-noon Registration and Social Hour, noon-1:00 Lunch, and 1:00-2:00 Guest Speaker, Maj Gen. Gary Keefe, the Adjutant General.

The cost for the lunch is $24.00 per person. Luncheon menu choices are Sirloin Strip Steak or Baked Haddock. For more information or to RSVP, contact LTC (Ret) Cathy Corkery at 508-735-3566 or at catherine.corkery@verizon.net.

NGAMA Life Member Luncheon Draws a Crowd

We had seventy life members signed up to attend our annual luncheon at the Commons at Hanscom AFB. Unfortunately due to the severe weather we experienced that day, thirteen could make it. Still this represented the largest response we experienced in several years. Several members had never attended but expressed that they were already looking forward to next years’ event.

The principal speaker, COL Frank Magurn talked about the past, present and future of the Massachusetts National Guard. LTC (Ret) Robert Swartz who hosted the event spoke on his recent experience attending the NGAUS Conference in Nashville. BG Frank LaBollita spoke on upcoming National Guard events going on in the Guard family. He also mentioned that to all those that wore the 26th YD patch ought to join the YDVA. Also in attendance for the first time was LtCol Sean Halbrook the NGAMA President and the Association Executive Director Augie Grace.

Please plan on attending next years’ event to be held at the Commons sometime late September early October.

Thanks for coming, it was a great event.

LTC (Ret) Robert Swartz

Commanders Dinner Plans

Commander’s Dinner Plans Announced- December 16th

The annual NGAMA Commander’s Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel. The social hour starts at 1800 Hours with the dinner and presentations starting at 1900 Hours. The Commander’s Dinner provides an opportunity for Lt Col Sean Halbrook, the NGAMA President and the Executive Committee to brief the Commanders on the plans for the 2016 NGAMA year. Dress will be Business Casual.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by December 11, 2015 to Membership Chairman, CPT Landon Mavrelis at landon.s.mavrelis.mil@mail.mil or by calling 774-286-1318.

Large NGAMA Contingent Attends Nashville Conference

Lead by Massachusetts Adjutant General, Major General L. Scott Rice and NGAMA Association President Lt Col Sean Halbrook, over 50 NGAMA members and their guest attended the 137th Annual NGAUS Conference in Nashville, TN on September 10-14, 2015. This was the largest NGAMA delegation in recent years to attend a NGAUS Conference.

Nashville, known as the “Music City” not only was popular for its entertainment and music but also for the messages delivered by the Military Senior Leaders. The Business Session began with an Opening Ceremony featuring the Charlie Daniels Band. The Conference ended with the States Dinner. A special performance of the Grand Ole Opry followed the States Dinner.

But more important than the music was the message delivered from the Conference Podium by the country’s military leaders. The Conference came at a crucial time for both the Army and Air National Guard. Sequestration, budget cuts and increasing threats around the world were central themes to the Conference. Scheduled speakers included Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff and half of the eight members of the National Commission of the Future of the Army. Also speaking was at a town hall session was Gen. Frank J. Gass, the National Guard Bureau Chief; Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, the new Army Guard director and Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the Air Guard Director.

While tensions have been well documented with the Army, Gen Milley stated “I think the world on the National Guard”. He then spoke of why he felt that way and his efforts to improve that relationship. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said of the Air Guard, “Simply put, you put more bang in our bucks.” Several members of Congress who are members of the National Guard also participated on a panel.

There was nearly 4,700 attendees at the Opryland with over 300 businesses displaying their latest products and services in another large trade show in Nashville. Association business was also conducted at the Conference. Delegates elected new board members, amended bylaws, and passed nearly 90 resolutions. The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States announced it will move its offices into the NGAUS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

NGAMA members were particularly busy at the Conference. Besides staffing the various Committees, Caucuses and Task Forces, NGAMA also hosted the other New England State Associations in meetings concerning our NGAUS 2020 Conference. We are encouraging the other New England states to assist us in organizing a regional planning approach to Boston 2020. NGAMA also assisting in hosting the New England States Hospitality Suite, which was the most popular Conference Hospitality event.

Four NGAMA Company Grade Officers also attended the Conference on orders as participants in the Officer Professional Development. Every year some Company Grade Officers are chosen to attend the OPD. Again, the Nashville Conference was extremely popular with approximately 15 Company Grade/Warrant Officers applying to attend.

The 2016 NGAUS Conference will be held on September 9-12 in Baltimore, MD.

Exciting Speaker Lined Up For March 28th Business Meeting

NGAMA is pleased to announce that Michael G. Waltz will be the guest speaker at the March 28th NGAMA State Conference Business Meeting. Michael Waltz is President of Metis Solutions, and Senior National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation. Formerly, he served as counterterrorism advisor to the Vice President of the United States, and served as director for Afghanistan policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense-Policy. Michael is a fellow National Guard Officer. He currently serves as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel and has commanded Special Forces units in deployed environments and brings a firsthand account of how policy intersects with tactical action.

Mike regularly provides expert commentary on counterterrorism and regional issues for BBC World News, PBS Frontline, FOX News, and the Voice of America. He also founded the Sumar Ghul Foundation which cares for the families of fallen Afghan National Army soldiers.

He has recently authored the book Warrior Diplomat, and will have signed editions available for purchase at a discount following our business session. All proceeds from the sale of his book go to support the Green Beret Foundation.

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues. LTC Waltz will provide an excellent professional development opportunity through his discussion with us.

NGAMA Annual Conference - March 27-28, 2015

NGAMA Annual Conference & Business Meeting

March 27-28, 2015 A Weekend of Fellowship & Camaraderie!

The NGAMA State Conference is scheduled for March 27-28, 2015 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel. Building upon last year’s Conference, we have added social events to make the Conference a robust weekend.

Conference Schedule of Events:

Please sign up on our Registration Page in advance for the events you plan on attending.

Friday, March 27, 2015 Casino Night Social- Cocktails at 6:00- Gaming starts at 7:00

Similar to last year, the Conference will start with a Friday evening Casino Night. Last year’s Casino night was very successful and featured hor d-oeuvres, games of chance, prizes and a cash bar.

Uniform: Civilian Attire

Saturday, March 28, 2015 NGAMA Business Meeting- 9:00- 1:00

We have invited Mr. Robert Kraft and his son Mr. Jonathan Kraft to serve as Guest speakers. As required by NGAMA Constitution we will hear Committee updates, and conduct the Elections of Officers. The first hour of the Business meeting will include opening ceremonies with the Massachusetts Enlisted Association and Conference guests. The meeting will be opened to dues paying NGAMA members. Corporate Members will be displaying the latest in equipment, technology and services available to members of NGAMA during the coffee breaks.

Uniform: Class B

Spouse Brunch and Painting Party10:00 – Noon

Spouses and guests are invited to attend the opening ceremonies of the Business Meeting. Then they are invited to participate in a Painting Party. The Painting Party, featured on TV Channel 5’s Chronicle Show, is conducted by The Artist Bar. The Artist sets up our guests with their own canvas on a tabletop easel, paints and paintbrushes. You’ll go home with your own commemorative painting. This year’s Spouse Brunch will be fun, relaxing and memorable.

The cost for the Painting Party and Brunch is $20.00.

Uniform: Civilian Attire

Military Officers’ Ball

The Conference ends with the Military Officers’ Ball. NGAMA has invited our newly elected Commander in Chief – Governor Charlie Baker to attend and be our keynote speaker.

Tickets for the Military Ball (prices per person):

Company Grade Officers & Guest- $50.00

Field Grade Officers & Guest – $60.00

General Officers & Guest- $70.00

Uniform: Mess Dress, Class A Evening, Black Tie for Civilians

Special Rate Hotel Rooms– Make the State Conference a weekend affair for you, your spouse or guest. If you make a hotel reservation by calling the Framingham Sheraton at 508-879-7200 or Sheraton Reservations at 888-627-7124 before February 27, 2015 you will be able to receive a special hotel rate of $109 per night.

Get Ready for Nashville NGAUS Conference

Interested in attending the NGAUS Conference as a Delegate or Professional Development candidate, download and print this application:

Nashville 2015 Conference Delegate Form (PDF)

NGAMA First Vice President LtCol Sean Halbrook and Executive Director Augie Grace just returned from the National Guard Executive Directors Association meetings where they began to make plans for the 2015 NGAUS Conference. They wanted to communicate some of this information to you and encourage you to attend this great event. The 137th General Conference will be held 10-14 September 2015 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

  • Hotel-The Nashville NGAUS Conference is truly unique because it is the only NGAUS Conference city that can host the entire conference in one hotel. The Gaylord Orpyland Hotel is an amazing place where all 54 State and Territory Associations will be housed in one location. Hotel rooms will be $176 per night. NGAMA has 28 hotel rooms reserved. We expect to use all 28 rooms. As usual we will also have a Delegation hospitality suite.
  • Bring Your Spouse/Significant Other– We would encourage you to bring your significant other and make the NGAUS Conference a vacation getaway. As I already mentioned, this hotel is amazing. Throughout the hotel you’ll find spectacular atrium views, lush gardens with cascading waterfalls, fine dining and restaurants. In the evenings the atriums feature a light show with music. Spouse events are planned during the Conference. The Conference ends with the All States Dinner. All conference participants will be treated to a private convert in the Grand Ole Opry. The Tennessee Association has some real stars planned for the concert but they are keeping the “Stars” a secret until the curtain goes up.
  • New England Hospitality Night- At last year’ Chicago NGAUS Conference, Massachusetts assisted in hosting a very successful New England Hospitality Event. We plan on bringing back the New England Hospitality Suite at the Nashville Conference. New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Maine have all expressed an interest in participating. Vermont has already offered to bring back the same band they had used at the 2009 Conference. We will be finalizing these plans over the next few months.
  • Schedule of Activities– The Company Grade and Warrant Officer Mixer will be at the famous Wild Horse Saloon. Golf will be at the Gaylord Springs Golf Course. A motorcycle rally to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg is planned. The General Jackson Showboat will be used for some special events. As I mentioned the conference will culminate with a private Grand Ole Opry show. Of course the traditional NGAUS Conference events including the Business Sessions, the Army/Air Separate Sessions, Resolutions, Task Force meetings and Industry Exhibitions will be held.
  • Nashville 2015 and Boston 2020– As we begin our preparation for hosting our Boston 2020 NGAUS Conference, we need to be mindful that it will be “our turn” in just five short years. NGAMA needs to have experienced Committee Chairmen and volunteers to host a successful NGAUS Conference. We would encourage as many NGAMA members, especially junior officers to attend these NGAUS Conferences, so they will be clear concerning the expectations of hosting a NGAUS Conference. There is an opportunity for junior officers to attend a NGAUS Conference while on orders. Please refer to the information listed on the Professional Development bulletin.
  • Conference and Hotel Registrations– We will keep all NGAMA members informed of any information regarding the Conference registrations and hotel reservations. At the March 27-28th NGANA State Conference, Delegate Request forms will be available. The Delegate Request forms will also be available at that time on the NGAMA web site. All attending the NGAUS Conference must submit a $100 hotel deposit with their Conference registration.
  • Company Grade Professional Development Opportunities– Like the Chicago Conference we again expect that NGB will make available Professional Development funds for this Nashville Conference. Company Grade Officers, WO1’s and CW2’s will be permitted to attend the NGAUS Conference on orders with all their expenses paid. If these funds become available, interested parties must apply and be selected. Please pass this information on to your junior officers.
  • What You Can Expect in Nashville– Nashville is known as the “Music City”. From the Honky Tonks on Broadway to Music Row to the Hermitage House- home of President Andrew Jackson, Nashville has something for everyone. This is the fourth time Nashville, TN has hosted a NGAUS Conference. It’s because they do a great job of hosting our Conference and mixing business with pleasure.Over the coming months we will be sending you more information regarding the Nashville Conference as well as other NGAMA business.

 

NGAMA Wins Bid To Host NGAUS 2020 Conference

NGAMA recently won a competitive selection process with several other states to host the NGAUS General Conference and Exhibition scheduled for 2020. For the last six months many NGAMA members have been working on creating and contributing to the NGAMA Boston 2020 proposal. On November 14th, NGAMA representatives led by Association President MAJ Nick Macsata presented the proposal to the NGAUS Committee on the General Conference. The Committee on the General Conference voted to recommend to the NGAUS Board of Directors to award the bid to NGAMA’s Boston 2020 team. The next day the NGAUS Board of Directors approved the Committee’s recommendation. The NGAUS Board of Directors also awarded the 2019 Conference to Denver, Colorado.

Boston had not hosted a NGAUS Conference since 1994. The Boston 2020 team was made up of NGAMA members as well as a representative of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). The Boston 2020 team proposed a Conference to be held August 28-August 31, 2020. The Business meetings would be held at the BCEC. Other events would be held at Fenway Park, the Seaport World Trade Center, the Harpoon Brewery and the John F Kennedy Presidential Library. A Fun Run would be held around Castle Island and Fort Independence and the NGAUS Golf Tournament would be held at the International Golf Course. Religious services would be held at the Old North Church.

The Boston 2020 proposal also included several innovative ideas. The Boston proposal was presented as a New England regional proposal. This proposal included letters of support from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. It also included several partnerships with colleges and universities including Harvard, Emerson and the Berklee College of Music.

The NGAMA proposal also included letters of support from Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. It is estimated that the NGAUS Conference brings to the host city between $7-10 million. The proposal was strengthen by the fact that so much new development, including hotels is planned for the Boston Seaport District. It is estimated that by 2020, NGAMA will be able to house approximately 80% of the Conference attendees within walking distance of the BCEC. The NGAUS Conference draws the top military leaders in the country, Congressional leaders as well as the largest military trade show. Typically 4,000 people attend the NGAUS Conference.

NGAMA now plans on forming a Boston 2020 Committee to lead the planning efforts for this task. The Committee will have various subcommittees including an Event Committee, a Fundraising Committee, and a Communications Committee. Any NGAMA members interested in serving on these NGAUS Conference Committees should email us at Contact@ngama.org.

Successful Regional Commanders Receptions Held

Three highly successful Regional Commanders Receptions were held throughout the state with over 100 NGAMA members attending the informative socials. The socials were held February in Springfield, and two were held in March at West Bridgewater and at Hanscom AFB. The events featured a relaxed atmosphere of a social hour, dinner and a Briefing on future initiatives of NGAMA as well as a presentation from Senior Leadership on the current state of the Massachusetts National Guard.

A major topic of each of the events was NGAUS and NGAMA’s responses to the Federal and State challenges. Maj. Gen. Scott L. Rice, the Adjutant General discussed the proposed Army and Air Guard budget cuts. On the State level, he discussed the legislative re-write of Chapter 33, the State Legislation that governs the Massachusetts National Guard. Chapter 33 has not been revised since the 1950’s. NGAMA President COL John Driscoll discussed how NGAUS and NGAMA are preparing to fight these federal budget cuts. He also discussed the weekend of activities planned for the April State Conference. A video legislative update from NGAUS President Maj. Gen. (Ret) Gus Hargett was also showed.

The Regional Commander Receptions were so successful that we hope to expand them next year.

NGAMA Plans For A Busy Fall

NGAMA is planning for a busy fall with a variety of activities. We are always looking for members to serve on Committee and assist in planning our initiatives. If you are interested in assisting your Association please write to Contact@NGAMA.org. Here are some of activities for this fall.

  • Retired/Life Member Luncheon Scheduled for October 1- The annual Life Member Luncheon will be held at the Worcester Technical High School, One Skyline Drive, Worcester on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, beginning at 11:00 AM. Lunch will be served from 11:30-12:45. The Life Member Luncheon is a great opportunity to renew old friendships with Retired/Life Members of NGAMA. Following lunch there will be a brief speaking program featuring Maj Gen Scott Rice, the Adjutant General. The luncheon menu will feature a choice of Pot Roast or Baked Haddock. The cost is $24.00 per person. If you are interested in attending please contact LTC (Ret) Robert J. Swartz. Cell: 508-612-2883
  • Creation of a NGAMA Charitable Foundation- NGAMA’s Executive Committee continues to work to form a Charitable Foundation. We believe that NGAMA would be able to attract more corporate contributions if we create a nonprofit 501 c 3. Monies raised would be used to fund the NGAMA Scholarships as well as other charitable purposes. COL Daniel Knight is leading this effort for NGAMA.
  • Massachusetts Intent to Host a NGAUS Conference- NGAMA submitted a request to change the NGAUS Conference Selection Committee SPO changing the submittal process and thereby allowing Massachusetts to bid for hosting the 2020 NGAUS Conference. NGAMA’s request was approved at the recent NGAUS Board of Directors Meeting. We are now working hard to create a winning proposal. Boston has not held a NGAUS Conference since the early 1990’s. 2020 would also be a Presidential election year. Traditionally the Presidential candidates have participated at the NGAUS Conferences. Those who have attended a NGAUS Conference realize the impact that this event would have on the city of Boston, on Massachusetts and the Massachusetts National Guard. Association President MAJ Nick Macsata has been the NGAMA point person on a possible NGAUS Conference proposal.
  • Preparing the 2015 NGAMA Legislative Agenda- The NGAMA Legislative Committee will be spending this fall preparing bills to be filed for consideration by the 2015 State Legislature. The Legislative Committee is led by Lt Col Sean Halbrook. If you have ideas for proposed legislation or would like to serve on the Legislative Committee, please contact Lt Col Halbrook.
  • 2015 State Conference and Membership Drive- The NGAMA Executive Committee plans to decide the date for the 2015 State Conference at their September Executive Committee meeting. As soon as this date has been established, NGAMA will need help in planning the various events including the Friday Golf Tournament and Friday Night Casino Night. Also the Membership Committee led by CPT Danielle Sullivan will soon begin making plans for the 2015 Membership Drive. The Membership year starts January 2015.

History Making Chicago NGAUS Conference Completed

The NGAMA delegation led by the Adjutant General Maj Gen L Scott Rice and NGAMA First Vice President Lt Col Sean Halbrook helped create history at the Chicago NGAUS Conference. Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, the adjutant general of Ohio since January 2011, was elected chair of the NGAUS board of directors at the 136th General Conference and Exhibition ending today in Chicago. Ashenhurst, the first woman to serve in the position, follows Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, the adjutant general of Missouri, who was elected at the 2012 conference in Reno, Nev.

An excellent group of Conference speakers included Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the chief of staff of the Air Force, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center at Fort Eustis, Va., and Gen. Darren W. McDew, the commander of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, the chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, and Rep. William Enyart, R-Ill., a former Illinois adjutant general now in his first term in Congress, also spoke.

NGAMA helped organize the successful New England Hospitality Suite at the Howl at the Moon Piano Bar. The New England Hospitality Night was once again one of the highlights of the NGAUS Conference. Dancing, beverages and sing-alongs went late in the evening. Other events included the Governor’s Reception at the Field Museum and the formal States Dinner.

The delegates at the conference on the shores of Lake Michigan also voted for other board officers and members. Brig. Gen. Roy Robinson of Mississippi was elected vice chair-Army. Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac of Nebraska will serve as vice chair-Air. Retired Brig. Gen. Ken Ross of Louisiana was elected again to serve as treasurer and Col. Murray Hansen of Georgia will continue to serve as secretary. Capt. Mark Timmons of Oregon was elected as the Army representative for company grade officers. Retired Col. Don Deering of Tennessee will continue as the Army representative for retired/separated officers, while retired Brig. Gen. David Brubaker of Indiana was elected to serve as the Air representative for retired/separated officers.

Nearly 1,000 NGAUS delegates were among the 4,000 people registered for the 136th General Conference and Exhibition. With nearly 300 exhibitors displaying their wares at the trade show and speakers from Congress and the Pentagon, the association’s gathering in the Windy City was one of the most successful in recent memory.

NGAMA members participate at the Air Breakout Session
NGAMA members participate at the Air Breakout Session
Attending the New England Hospitality Suite are CPT Molly Alesch, Capt Matt Ferringer and 2nd Lt Bonnie Harper
Attending the New England Hospitality Suite are CPT Molly Alesch, Capt Matt Ferringer and 2nd Lt Bonnie Harper
The NGAMA Delegation at the States Dinner
The NGAMA Delegation at the States Dinner
The New England Hospitality Suite organized by NGAMA was one of the most popular events at the Chicago NGAUS Conference
The New England Hospitality Suite organized by NGAMA was one of the most popular events at the Chicago NGAUS Conference

Chapter 33 Legislation Approved By State Legislature

One of NGAMA’s legislative priorities, the updating of Massachusetts State Statute Chapter 33 has recently passed the State Legislature and awaits the signature of Governor Patrick. Chapter 33 is the state statute that governs the Massachusetts National Guard. Chapter 33 had not been updated since the mid-1950. Many provisions of the old Chapter 33 did not reflect the reality of today’s National Guard. The updated legislation better reflects the Massachusetts National Guard’s current use as an operational reserve. The updated bill also now allows National Guard military police officers the power of arrest when they are deployed in response to emergency such as the Boston Marathon bombings. It also addressed unfair pay discrepancies between Title 10 and Title 32. NGAMA’s Legislative Committee led by Lt Col Sean Halbrook had been meeting with state legislators in support of the updating of Chapter 33.

Successful Regional Commanders Receptions Held

Three highly successful Regional Commanders Receptions were held throughout the state with over 100 NGAMA members attending the informative socials. The socials were held February in Springfield, and two were held in March at West Bridgewater and at Hanscom AFB. The events featured a relaxed atmosphere of a social hour, dinner and a Briefing on future initiatives of NGAMA as well as a presentation from Senior Leadership on the current state of the Massachusetts National Guard.

A major topic of each of the events was NGAUS and NGAMA’s responses to the Federal and State challenges. Maj. Gen. Scott L. Rice, the Adjutant General discussed the proposed Army and Air Guard budget cuts. On the State level, he discussed the legislative re-write of Chapter 33, the State Legislation that governs the Massachusetts National Guard. Chapter 33 has not been revised since the 1950’s. NGAMA President COL John Driscoll discussed how NGAUS and NGAMA are preparing to fight these federal budget cuts. He also discussed the weekend of activities planned for the April State Conference. A video legislative update from NGAUS President Maj. Gen. (Ret) Gus Hargett was also showed.

The Regional Commander Receptions were so successful that we hope to expand them next year.

Congressman William Keating Receives NGAUS Award

Keating-Award

Major General L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, presented William R. Keating, U.S. Representative for the 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts, the Charles Dick Medal of Merit.

The Charles Dick Medal of Merit was established in 1988 and is designed to recognize the contributions to the National Guard by elected representatives to legislative bodies at the state and national levels. The medal is named in honor of Maj. Gen. Charles Dick, National Guard Association of the United States president from 1902 to 1909. Dick was a major general in the Ohio National Guard, a congressman and later a senator. He was responsible for the passage of the Dick Acts of 1903 and 1908 that established the foundation of the modern day National Guard.

NGAMA nominated Congressman Keating for the NGAUS Award. The award was presented to Keating in front of several appreciative members of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard.

“Congressman Keating is the biggest friend of the wing,” said Col. James M. LeFavor, 102 IW Commander.

“The congressman for an extended period of time has been providing exceptional strong support to the National Guard beyond the scope of his office,” said Rice. It is great to be here among so many friends,” said Keating. “Advocating for the work you do has been easy. The guard provides the greatest security with the greatest value for the dollar. At a moment’s notice you can act. We have to train for this.”

“Representative Keating is a strong supporter of the National Guard military mission with an extensive track record of powerful advocacy on behalf of the Massachusetts National Guard,” stated Rice in his nomination letter.

NGAMA nominated Congressman Keating for this award because he has been a strong supporter and advocate for the Massachusetts National Guard. Last year Congressman Keating helped restore 141 positions within the 102nd Air Operation Group during the Air Force budget battle. He has been a strong supporter of the Massachusetts Military Reservation which includes Camp Edwards and Otis Air Force base.

The entire membership of NGAMA congratulates Congressman Bill Keating on this important award.

It is great to be here among so many friends,” said Keating. “Advocating for the work you do has been easy. The guard provides the greatest security with the greatest value for the dollar. At a moment’s notice you can act. We have to train for this.”

“Representative Keating is a strong supporter of the National Guard military mission with an extensive track record of powerful advocacy on behalf of the Massachusetts National Guard,” stated Rice in his nomination letter.

Specifically to the Massachusetts 9th District, Representative Keating’s efforts helped restore 141 positions to the 102nd Air Operations Group at Otis, that were identified for elimination in the US Air Force Fiscal Year 2012 budget.

Keating has served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts since 2011. He represents the state’s 9th district, which includes Cape Cod and the south coast.

Aloha! Hawaii NGAUS Conference

September 20-23

A delegation lead by Maj Gen L. Scott Rice and NGAMA President John Driscoll will be attending the 135th Annual NGAUS Conference to be held in September 20-23, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The Annual Conference allows members to gather and vote on the top legislative priorities for NGAUS, share information and celebrate the camaraderie of being National Guard and NGAUS members.

The NGAMA Delegation will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki located on the shores of Waikiki beach. The Conference meetings will be held at the Honolulu Convention Center.

The schedule of events is slightly different then previous NGAUS Conferences. The Governor’s Reception will be held the first evening. Hospitality Night will be on September 22 with the All States Dinner scheduled for September 23rd. During the day attendees will hear from guest speakers from the Pentagon and Congress. The Conference also provides an opportunity to learn about the state of the Army and Air Force in separate sessions. The latest products and services are displayed at the largest defense industry trade show that caters to the National Guard.

Next year’s NGAUS Conference will be held August 22-25, 2013 in Chicago. It’s never too late to start to plan to attend this great event.

Great Year for Mass National Guard

Members of the NGAMA Executive Committee following the Annual State Conference
Members of the NGAMA Executive Committee following the Annual State Conference

NGAMA Annual Conference

The NGAMA State Conference was revised and re-scheduled as an evening Business Meeting at the Minuteman Commons on Hanscom AFB on May 22nd. The Business meeting included the election of the 2013-2014 NGAMA Officers and Executive Committee. LTC John Driscoll was elected President, MAJ Nick Macasta was elected First Vice-President, Maj Sean Halbrook was elected Second Vice President and CPT Brett Walker was re-elected as Secretary. The Executive Committee Members elected were CPT Karmin Ng and Major Ryan Chandler as Army representatives and Maj Neal Byrne as the Air Executive Committee Member.

In his “State of the Guard” presentation Maj Gen Leon Scott Rice said “It’s been a great year to be in the Massachusetts National Guard,” as he recited a literary of accomplishments by the Massachusetts National Guard. General Rice spoke of his pride in the National Guard response to the Boston Marathon bombing. BG Gary Keefe and COL Frank Magurn discussed strategic planning and future missions for the Massachusetts National Guard. General Rice closed by stating that every one of us can add value to the Massachusetts National Guard and to NGAMA.

Guest speaker Pete Duffy, the NGAUS Legislative Director discussed NGAUS’s fight against future budget cuts. He stressed the need for members to respond to the NGAUS Legislative Alerts by “Writing to Congress.”

Angela Bethoney, daughter of COL Stephen Bethoney and Maryanna Biederman, wife of CPT Rick Biedermann each were awarded a $2,000 NGAMA scholarship. LTC Driscoll thanked out going NGAMA President, Col Chris Faux and then discussed his plans for an active year. A light dinner and beverages helped make the evening a unique social event for all who attended.

NGAMA Business Meeting

Rescheduled to May 22

The Boston Marathon bombing and the tragic events that followed resulted in the unfortunate, but appropriate decision to postpone the 2013 NGAMA State Conference. In consideration of the membership’s time constraints due to upcoming graduations, Annual Training, and Vacations, the NGAMA Executive Committee has decided to reschedule and revise the Conference to conducting the Business Meeting portion on a weekend. The Executive Committee in rescheduling was attempting to avoid asking for another weekend away from family and friends.

The rescheduled Business Meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, May 22, 2013 at the Minuteman Commons on Hanscom AFB. The start time will be 1800 hours and the program will last no longer than 2100 hours.

The Business Meeting will include the Elections of the 2013-2014 NGAMA Officers and the Executive Board. Reports of the various NGAMA Committees will be given and information will be presented regarding the 2013 Hawaii NGAUS Conference. Attire will be ACU/ABU or Business Casual. Light refreshments will be available. Beverages will be on your own.

The NGAMA Executive Committee sincerely appreciates your flexibility and thanks you in advance for your attendance.

NGAMA Golf Tournament Now, May 10

Col Stephen Bethoney recently announced that the NGAMA Scramble “President’s Cup” Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for Friday, May 10 at the Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northborough, MA.

The Golf Tournament traditionally kicks off the NGAMA State Conference but scheduling it during April school vacation caused diminished registrations. Therefore it has been rescheduled to the May 10 date.

Prizes to be awarded include the Tournament winners, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive plus giveaway prizes. The entry fee is $100. You can sign up as an individual or you can form a team. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf and a cookout meal.

 

NGAMA State Conference, April 20 - Marlborough

The NGAMA State Conference will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlboro. The State Conference serves as the annual business meeting of the Association.  Elections for NGAMA Officers and Executive Committee members for the 2013-2014 year will be held (see related story on Elections). Only dues paying members are permitted to vote in the NGAMA elections. Traditionally the Conference has started with the Friday NGAMA Golf Tournament. Information on the Golf Tournament will be forwarded to you in the next newsletter. The NGAMA Executive Committee is committed to attracting a great speaker for the Conference. Again we will shortly announce that information in the next newsletter.

The Conference also features exhibits by all of the NGAMA Corporate Sponsors. It is also expected that NGAMA will resume an old tradition of having a joint Conference with the Enlisted Association. Also at the Conference there will be a presentation of the Hawaii NGAUS Conference. Those interested in attending the Hawaii NGAUS Conference can submit their delegate request at the NGAMA Conference.

Aloha! Hawaii NGAUS Conference, September 20-23

Plans were recently announced for the 135th Annual NGAUS Conference to be held in September 20-23, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Annual Conference allows members to gather and vote on the top legislative priorities for NGAUS, share information and celebrate the camaraderie ob being National Guard and NGAUS members.

The NGAMA Delegation will be staying at the spacious Hyatt Regency Waikiki located on the shores of Waikiki beach. Those interested in attending must submit a Delegate/Professional Development Application by June 30, 2013.

The schedule of events is slightly different then previous NGAUS Conferences. The Governor’s Reception will be held the first evening. Hospitality Night will be on September 22 with the All States Dinner scheduled for September 23rd. During the day attendees will hear from guest speakers from the Pentagon and Congress. The Conference also provides an opportunity to learn about the state of the Army and Air Force in separate sessions. The latest products and services are displayed at the largest defense industry trade show that caters to the National Guard.

A few Company Grade and Warrant Officers (W01 and W02) will be selected to attend the NGAUS Conference in a Professional Development status. As such you will be sent on orders with your expense paid. Those who would like to apply for the Professional Development must also submit an Application.

2013 NGAUS Delegate Application PDF

NGAMA Visits Congress

NGAMA Presentation to US Senator Elizabeth Warren
NGAMA Presentation to US Senator Elizabeth Warren

Every year NGAMA travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation. This year with Sequestration forcing budget cuts, the meetings were especially critical for members of the National Guard. Senior members of NGAMA scheduled meetings from March 18-20, 2013.

The March 18th meetings started with meetings at the Pentagon. Then the NGAMA delegation met with the NGAUS Legislative staff to receive a briefing on current legislative issues. Following that briefing NGAMA met with Congressman John Tierney.

On March 19th the NGAMA delegation started with meetings with Congressman William Keating, Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas, Congressman James McGovern, Congressman Joseph Kennedy and the Chief of Staff of Senator Mo Cowan. Following these meetings the day concluded with a reception for Massachusetts Title X personnel assigned to the Washington, D.C area.

The last day, March 20th, the day’s schedule included meetings with Congressman Richard Neal, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Michael Capuano and the Legislative Staff of Congressman Edward Markey.
The discussions with the Congressmen ranged from the budget cuts and furloughs to funding for future missions of the MNG, military construction at Barnes ANG Base, Otis ANG Base and at Camp Edwards. Also discussed were The National Guard Homeland Security Institute, and the MNG Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.
Attending the trip were Maj Gen. Scott Rice, Col Charles Cody, Col Chris Faux, MAJ Brian Pillai, Major Sean Halbrook, Mr. Tim Cullen and NGAMA Executive Director Mr. Grace.
Through the NGAMA Congressional visits you have a strong voice on Capitol Hill. The face to face meetings provide an opportunity to explain the challenges facing the Massachusetts National Guard. Combined with your responses to the Legislative Alerts and the Write To Congress, NGAMA is well positioned to be fully engaged in the future.

Commander’s Dinner, February 6th

The annual NGAMA Commander’s Dinner was held on Wednesday, February 6 at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel. Approximately 50 people attended. The Commander’s Dinner provides an opportunity for the NGAMA President and Executive Committee to brief the Commanders on the plans for the upcoming NGAMA year. Maj. Gen Scott Rice, the Adjutant General urged all in attendance to be “creative leaders” as the National Guard responds to the proposed budget cuts. CPT Molly Alesch representing the Membership Committee discussed plans for this year’s Membership Drive. Maj Sean Halbrook discussed the Legislative Priorities and announced that Legislative Briefings will be held for State Legislators. LTC John Driscoll, the Association First Vice President, discussed objectives for the coming year including the Hawaii NGAUS Conference. Despite discussing many challenges most felt the evening was informative and upbeat.

NGAMA/NGAUS Resolutions Process

Resolutions are the legislative driving force for NGAUS. The Resolution process is used to establish what items NGAUS will try to lobby Congress. Commanders at all levels should take an active part in the resolution process. This is where commanders and officers have a say as to what they want NGAUS to do. These resolutions get you the equipment and benefits that make our soldiers and airmen the best in the world. Do you believe there are equipment needs or benefit needs that would strengthen the Massachusetts National Guard? The NGAMA Resolution Committee is willing to assist in information and training about the resolution process, just call to make arrangements. Contact the NGAMA Executive Director Augie Grace at 781-799-9299 or email AGrace1184@aol.com.

Our current NGAMA Resolution Committee members are LTC (Ret) Robert J. Swartz – ARMY Cell 508-612-2883; email brownhonda@verizon.net and CAPT Matthew P. Ferringer – AIR    Cell 724-467-2120; email mattferringer@gmail.com.

NGAMA Announces Scholarships Changes - Now $2,000

The NGAMA Executive Committee and Scholarship Committee recently announced some significant changes to the 2013 Scholarship Program. This year NGAMA will award two, $2,000 Scholarships. The categories of eligibility remains the same: current members of the Massachusetts National Guard, sons, daughters, or spouses of a current member of NGAMA, or sons, daughter or spouses of a current member of the Massachusetts National Guard.

The application deadline for the 2013 Scholarship Awards are March 31, 2013. The application packet and application procedures are located at the NGAMA web site.

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Junior Officers Receive Unique Professional Development

Junior Officers Receive Unique Professional Development
Junior Officers Receive Unique Professional Development

10/4/2012 – WASHINGTON — Thirty-six junior officers from the Massachusetts National Guard participated in the state’s second annual Officer Professional Development Staff Ride here, Sept. 24-27. The trip was partially funded by NGAMA.

The select group, consisting of 24 Army and 12 Air National Guard officers in the ranks of lieutenant and captain, learned about the strategic-level work and challenges being faced by both senior military and elected leadership in the nation’s capitol and was provided with a sight picture of the future for the National Guard.

“Officer Professional Development in D.C. was extremely insightful. What greater place than our nation’s capitol for officers to gather and learn? We were fortunate enough to see many sights while receiving a wealth of knowledge about the way of the future for the Guard,” said Capt. Kimberly Askew, 1166th Transportation Company commander.

The professional development kicked off with an evening social event highlighted by speeches from Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, Director of the Air National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy, Deputy Director of the Army National Guard. The generals set the tone for the staff ride by discussing the challenging fiscal environment on Capitol Hill and how it shapes the ongoing discussions and decisions affecting the National Guard’s future.

On the first full day of the staff ride, the officers received a tour of the Pentagon which included a visit to the Alternate Army Operations Center where a team of dedicated Soldiers maintain constant preparedness to provide command and control assistance during the response to manmade or natural disasters in their area of responsibility.

After a visit to Arlington National Cemetery for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, the company grade officers received a presentation from the National Defense University about continuing education opportunities for military officers; followed by presentations from Homeland Security officials who discussed Domestic Operations and the National Guard’s involvement in Defense Support to Civil Authorities missions.

The professional development was rounded out with briefings from each staff directorate at the Army and Air National Guard Readiness Centers, a tour of the U.S. Capitol building, and a legislative affairs briefing at the National Guard Memorial Building which is the headquarters of the National Guard Association of the United States.

In addition to the strategic-level discussions, both Army and Air National Guard professional development attendees held in high regard the opportunity to network with their peers.

“This trip provided a great chance to get to know our counterparts both in the Air and Army National Guard, and to see the similarities and differences in how we operate,” said Capt. Tom Billingsley, 102nd Air Operations Group airspace management officer.

“My favorite part…was the opportunity to meet and network with fellow officers, both Army and Air Force across the state,” Askew said.

At the conclusion of the formal agenda, Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard, thanked the junior officers for taking a vested interest in their careers and he shared his thoughts on professional development.

“The first piece of professional development is to become an expert in your career field. You guys are the next step beyond that. The next step is to get core, basic leadership capabilities in your heart and soul. You become a flight commander, you become a company commander; you’re at that level now. This professional development trip is a piece of that,” Rice said. “The last and final step is to become a bureaucrat. So, you’re a professional, you’re a leader, you’re a manager. You need to combine all three. The people who become experts in all three areas will be extremely successful and competitive at the colonel and general officer level.”

NGAMA Attends NGAUS Conference

NGAUS Conference - All States Dinner
NGAUS Conference – All States Dinner

Approximately 30 Officers and their guest lead by Major General Scott Rice and Association President Chris Faux attended the recent NGAUS General Conference held in Reno, NV. Six Company Grade Officers attended the Conference on orders as part of the NGAUS Conference Professional Development.

Nearly 4,000 Army and Air Guard Officers, their spouses, defense officials and industry representatives attended the 134th General Conference which serves as the Association’s annual business meeting. Delegates voted on resolutions, set a legislative agenda and elected new members to the NGAUS Board of Directors.

Seven Four Star Generals addressed the NGAUS Conference. Among them was Gen. Craig McKinley, the outgoing Chief of the National Guard Bureau and Gen. Frank Grass, who was recently promoted to four stars and recently took over as NGB Chief. Also speaking was Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army and Gen. Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

Politics, both national and NGAUS were present throughout the Conference. Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke at the Conference. After a spirited campaign by three contenders, Missouri Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner was elected the new NGAUS Chairmen. 1LT Tania Carter from NGAMA was elected the NGAUS Area 1 Company Grade Representative.

For the second consecutive year, NGAMA sponsored a New England Joint Hospitality Suite along with New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. With live music and plenty of refreshments, the suite was one of the most lively and colorful at the Conference.

Interested in attending next year’s Conference? It will be held September 20-23, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii!

Former Member Luncheon (former Life Member) Held

CW5 (Ret) Thomas O’Sullivan successfully hosted the annual NGAMA luncheon at the Commons at Hanscom Air Force Base on October 3, 2012. Approximately 70 attended. It was great to see the retired members of the National Guard and it gave all the opportunity to reacquaint old friendships. Guest speakers at the luncheon were BG (Ret) John Hammond, former commander of the Yankee brigade who spoke of the actions completed by the 1-181 and 1-182nd Infantry battalions in Afghanistan. Another exciting speaker was Mr. Sean Kelly a WCVB- Channel 5 news reporter. Mr. Kelly was imbedded in the 1-181 Infantry from the time they left home station to returning back home. He spoke of the actions the 181 Infantry did. Besides combat they performed Nation Building in several communities in Afghanistan. The YD Brigade was also responsible for building seven schools, several medical facilities and clean water drinking wells which are a rarity in Afghanistan. The presentations by BG (Ret) Hammond and Sean Kelly were well received by the attendees.

Former Member Luncheon Plans Announced

The Former Member Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the Hanscom Officers Club/Minuteman Club at Hanscom Field. This event was formerly known as the Retired, Life Member Lunch.All former NGAMA Members are invited to attend the lunch.

Guest speakers will be BG John Hammond discussing the 182D in Afghanistan and Sean Kelly, Channel 5 Reporter who was embedded with the 181 Infantry in Afghanistan. The lunch also provides a great opportunity to renew old friendships.

The lunch program will be from 11:00AM until 1:30PM. Meal choices include chicken, beef, or fish at the cost of $25.00 per person. Further information including how to make your reservations will be posted on this web site and sent by email. If you need more information please feel free to contact Tom O’Sullivan atosull@comcast.net

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NGAMA 2012 Conference: Victories and Challenges

Dan Knight presents a Paul Revere Bowl to Guest Speaker Sean Kelly
Dan Knight presents a Paul Revere Bowl to Guest Speaker Sean Kelly

Recent victories in Congress and the upcoming challenges were the focus of the 107th NGAMA State Conference held on April 21, 2012 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel.

Acting Adjutant General Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice gave the State of the Massachusetts Guard and discussed his expectations under his command. Annie Lively, NGAUS Legislative Assistant discussed the successful legislative effort which resulted in the National Guard finally getting a seat on the Joint Chief of Staff. Ms. Lively gave credit to the NGAUS membership for the grass root advocacy but she explained that our successes were short lived because of the proposed budget cuts to the Air National Guard.

The Conference guest speaker, Sean Kelly a news reporter from WCVB-TV, Channel 5 in Boston moved the audience with his remarks about his experiences being embedded with the 181st Infantry in Afghanistan. Sean talked about the admiration he developed in watching the work done by the members of the 181st.

During the Business Meeting the 2012-2013 NGAMA Officers and Executive Board were elected. Colonel Chris Faux was elected Association President. LTC John Driscoll was elected the First Vice President and Major Nick Mascata was elected Second Vice President. Captain Ethan Shelton was again elected to serve as the NGAMA Treasurer. Army Executive Committee members elected were Captain Karmin Ng and MAJ. Ryan Chandler. Returning as the Air Executive Committee member was Maj. Sean Halbrook.

Out going President LTC Daniel Knight and members of the Executive Committee reviewed the many successes of the past year including attaining the NGAUS Most Improved Membership Award and the NGAMA supported Professional Development trip to Washington, DC.

Four $1,000 Scholarships were awarded by the NGAMA Scholarship Committee. Awarded scholarships at the Conference were Matthew Merlino of Concord, MA and Ryan Pauer of Brookline, MA. The other two recipients, Thomas and John Simon of Pembroke were given their scholarships at the May Executive Committee meeting.

Early Bird checks were presented to five units who had achieved 100% member by March 31st. The Conference also featured the most Corporate Sponsor exhibitors to attend a NGAMA Conference.

The Conference activities started the day before with the President’s Golf Tournament being held at the Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northboro (see related story).

The Conference ended with the ceremonial passing of the gavel as LTC Dan Knight passed the gavel to Colonel Chris Faux, the 2012-2013 NGAMA President.

NGAMA DC Trip Is Timely

Meetings With Congress Held

Occasionally a member of NGAMA will ask, why should I pay Association dues and what has NGAUS and NGAMA done for me. We try to explain that your Association advocates for members of the National Guard and fights for modern equipment, better personnel benefits and new facilities. Now you can add that NGAMA also fights for jobs! During a recent trip to Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress, the Senior Leadership of NGAMA was fighting the Air Force’s proposal to cut jobs in the Massachusetts National Guard.

On March 20 and 21, NGAMA met with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation. Meetings were held with Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown and Congressman Capuano, Frank, Keating, Lynch, Markey, Neal, Olver, Tierney and Tsongas. Congressman McGovern was detained so we met with his Chief of Staff.

The discussions with the Congressman primarily centered on the Massachusetts Air Guard cuts. We also discussed two priority MIL-CON projects. A Barnes ANG Base Aircraft Maintenance Hangar renovation project and a proposed Regional Training Institute (RTI) project at Camp Edwards were reviewed at the meetings. We also briefed the Congressman on the success and future development of the Massachusetts National Guard developed Homeland Security Institute.

NGAUS priorities including Early Retirement Credits, mental health programs, Veterans status legislation, equipment modernization and other personnel initiatives were discussed with the lawmakers. Finally, we thanked each member of the delegation for passage of the Guard Empowerment Act and creating a permanent seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

During our meetings we received an enthusiastic response from the Massachusetts delegation. With the Air Guard cuts just recently being proposed, it was agreed that all parties will need to be in close communications throughout this difficult budget process. NGAMA will strive to keep its members informed of any new developments and we ask for your continued support, including your responses to the “Write to Congress” Legislative Alerts.

Thanks To You NGB Chief Gets Seat on Joint Chiefs

Thanks to the legislative efforts of NGAMA and the other members of NGAUS, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau is now a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley became a member of the Joint Chiefs on December 31, when President Barack Obama signed into law the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act which included this language.

The language that gives the Chief the boost in status in the Pentagon was the primary focus of the NGAUS and NGAMA legislative efforts in 2011. NGAMA members responded to Legislative Alerts and contacted their members of Congress urging the passage of the legislation.  The victory was hard fought. Every member of the Joint Chief s testified against the change before the Senate Armed Services Committee. But our coordinated effort prevailed.

“The Guard finally has a seat at the table,” said retired Maj. Gen. Gus L. Hargett Jr., the president of NGAUS. “This does not mean the Pentagon culture with all of its historic biases against the Guard will evolve overnight. After all, this is a move every member of the Joint Chiefs opposed.

“But at least now, the Guard will have a voice among the president’s military advisors, one that can’t be ignored or excluded from the discussion. It’s a huge victory for the Guard. More importantly, it could be a catalyst for the type of change needed to defend the nation in the tough fiscal environment ahead.”

The legislation also requires that National Guard general officers be considered for command of the Army North and Air Force North.

Thank you to all our members who responded to the Legislative Alert. Your efforts proves the strength of our organizations and our ability to get things done in Congress. Happy New Year!

National Guard Association of Massachusetts Sponsors Officer Professional Development Staff Tour

Story by Lt. Col. James Sahady and Capt. Brett Walker, Massachusetts National Guard

Company-grade-trip-1WASHINGTON – Thirty-one company grade officers from the Massachusetts National Guard participated in a unique officer professional development opportunity in Washington, D.C. this past September made possible, in part, through sponsorship by the National Guard Association of Massachusetts (NGAMA).

An assortment of promising officers from both the Massachusetts Air National Guard and the Massachusetts Army National Guard were selected to travel to the nation’s capital to witness firsthand the hierarchy of institutions their missions support and interact with some of the military’s most senior leaders. The sites visited included headquarters establishments such as the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, the National Guard Bureau, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Guard Memorial Building, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the Army and Air National Guard Readiness Centers.

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The event began with a business breakfast at the Grand Hyatt Hotel with opening remarks from Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard. “This is the first such event by the Massachusetts National Guard and gives you, as a future key leader, an overview and insight into the inner workings of the strategic levels of our nations’ defense infrastructure,” said Carter.

Gen. Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau next spoke to the young officers on the importance their role is in the National Guard. “I’d like to commend the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for bringing a wonderful young group of officers to learn about Washington D.C. and how it shapes and influences their lives as members of the Guard and commend Maj. Gen. Carter for being a great leader in helping me do the business of the National Guard and look forward to making this a yearly event,” said McKinley.

Company-grade-trip-3Speakers that followed during the breakfast included, Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt, Director of the Air National Guard, Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, Maj. Gen. Peter Aylward, (Massachusetts) Special Assistant to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and Brig. Gen. Dan Nelan, Operational Support Assistant to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau.

At the Pentagon, Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters, briefed the Mass. Guard officers and gave them the opportunity to ask important questions about the military and the Guard.

“I’ve been in the military just under 15 years and this was one of the most rewarding events that I have [been involved with],” said 1st Lt. Jason Ruth, a company grade officer.

Some of the participants, such as Capt. Stephanie Francis, praised the mission’s broadening of her knowledge of the Guard’s decision-making process, while 1st Lt. Randy Mendoza appreciated the chance to learn about Air Guard operations.

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“The professional development trip to DC was an amazing experience. I am especially grateful to have had the chance to see what we do in Massachusetts and how it fits into the “larger picture” of current issues, policies, and politics,” said Capt. Molly Alesch. “It was also gratifying to meet and spend time with my peers and future leaders of the Massachusetts National Guard, an opportunity not often presented due to the geographical nature of our currents jobs and missions,” said Alesch.

At the National Guard Memorial Building, National Guard Association of the United States key leadership, including Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett (Ret.), President of NGAUS, as well as senior leaders and members of Massachusetts’s Congressional and Senatorial delegation gave an in-depth legislative briefing to all participants present.

NGAMA Receives NGAUS Most Improved Membership Award

membership-awardAt the recent 2011 NGAUS Conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, NGAMA was recognized as the state with the Most Improved Membership. The award was presented to NGAMA during the Conference Business session. At the Conference registration deadline in July, NGAMA’s membership had soared to 80%, a 17 point increase from the previous year. Throughout the fall we continued to collect 2011 dues as NGAMA began to approach the mid 80% level. We hope our 2012 Membership Drive will continue this success as we look at approaching the 90% threshold. Congratulations to President Dan Knight, Membership Chairmen Nick Macsata and the members of the Membership Team!

Congresswoman Tsongas Receives NGAUS Award

Congresswoman-Tsongas-Receives-NGAUS-AwardMassachusetts Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas was recently presented with the NGUAS Charles Dick Medal of Merit. The presentation was made by MG Joseph Carter, Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, LTC David Hencke, President of NGAMA and Pete Duffy, Legislative Director of NGAUS.

In her role as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Tsongas has made a number of important long lasting contributions to the Guard. She has become increasing recognized as a leader in the areas of light weight body armour, improved quality of and access to military health care-especially for members of the National Guard and Reserves, increased awareness of and attention to traumatic brain injury and sexual assault prevention and treatment.

Congresswoman Tsongas worked with her colleagues to provide funding for the relocation and construction of a modern Joint Forces Headquarters (JFHQ) for the Massachusetts National Guard at Hanscom Field.
The Charles Dick Medal of Merit was established in 1988 and is designed to recognize the contributions to the National Guard by elected representatives to legislative bodies at the state and national levels.

The medal is named in honor of Major General Charles Dick, President of the National Guard Association of the United States from 1902 to 1909, a Major General in the Ohio National Guard, a Congressman and later a Senator. Dick was responsible for the passage of the Dick Acts of 1903 and 1908 that established the foundation of the modern National Guard.

Massachusetts National Guard Soldier Elected to U.S. Senate

Massachusetts-National-Guard-Soldier-Elected-to-U.S.-SenateBy Army Maj. James Sahady, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs
MILFORD, Mass. – Lt. Col. Scott P. Brown, a member of the Massachusetts National Guard, was elected to the U.S. Senate for Massachusetts in a special election on Jan. 19, 2010. Brown, a 30-year member of the Guard, currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Brown initially enlisted as an infantryman and later received his commission as an officer. Brown is currently assigned to the Judge Advocate Corps and serves as the chief of trial defense for the Massachusetts National Guard.

He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in organizing the National Guard to quickly support homeland security following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Brown has deployed to support missions in Kazakhstan and Paraguay. He has also completed Airborne School and been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, have two daughters, Ayla and Arianna, both college students. They reside in Wrentham.

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