Video: Proclaiming March as North Carolina National Guard Heritage Month
Video by Lt. Col. Matthew Devivo
The Governor of North Carolina, the Honorable Pat McCrory, formally recognized March as North Carolina National Guard Heritage Month at NCNG’s Joint Force Headquarters on March 6, 2014. Available in High Definition. With this proclamation, March will become a month for the promotion of the North Carolina National Guard and an opportunity to inform and educate the citizens of North Carolina on all the programs and benefits that the NCNG brings to local communities. Since September 11, 2001, more than 21,000 N.C. National Guardsmen deployed for wartime service. The NCNG was the first to deploy a Reserve component attack aviation battalion into Afghanistan in 2002, and the only state to have an Armored Brigade Combat Team deploy twice as a maneuver brigade commanding its own battle-space in Iraq. During that same time frame, the North Carolina National Guard has provided over 6,100 citizen soldiers and air-men for “state active duty” missions as directed by the Governor or at the request of other states. “It’s not if we are ready, it’s when we are ready, I know the North Carolina National Guard will be there. They live by their motto, Always Ready, Ready Team!” said McCrory.