As we rapidly approach the Alabama National Guard's 25th anniversary of partnership with the Romanian military, we're proud to see one of our own so highly recognized for his service to both nations.
Maj. Thomas Baker was presented with the Romanian Defense Staff's Medal of Honor by Maj. Gen. Teodor INCICAS, Deputy Chief of Defense for Support, on behalf of General Nicolae-Ionel CIUCA.
The award is in recognition of Maj. Baker's high level of support to the Romanian Forces and his contribution to the development of Romanian-American relations.
#Congratulations are in order for Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darrin Gibson on his promotion to the highest rank the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Corps has to offer.
Pinned by his wife, Hope, and Chief Warrant Officer 5 James Jolly, Gibson thanked his family and individually expressed gratitude to many of those who gathered to watch the promotion for the positive impact they had made during their times in service together. He said that making such a mark on those around him has been "what it's all about." "For leaders of all ranks," he continued, "our job is to complete the mission and make a positive impact on our organization." Lt. Col. Brian McManus, who introduced Gibson, said that intent is what has brought Gibson's career so far. "Every decision he makes," McManus said, addressing Gibson's wife, Hope, "has been, first, with your best interest at heart and, second, with the best interest of this entire organization."
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Gibson ended his remarks with the four elements he said are needed for success in this or any field. "You need the drive and desire to be the best you can be, good mentors, good people around you, and opportunities," he said. "I started my career in 1988 with the first, and I was fortunate enough that the other three found me along the way."
Extending our #congratulations to Maj. Gen. Sylvester Cannon on a well-earned promotion.
Cannon, Assistant Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, has, as he said in his address, certainly come "a long way from peeling potatoes in the Northport armory in 1982." In her introduction, Alabama National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Sheryl Gordon said he has come such a long way because he is "always taking care of soldiers" and "always willing to do anything that has been asked of him."
Maj. Gen. Cannon was pinned by Gordon, as well as his wife, Valerie.
Alabama National Guard Director of the Joint Staff Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Newton said he will "never forget" being asked to conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Newton was attending a funeral at the cemetery for his uncle, Air Force Master Sgt. David Newton, June 29, when the Old Guard asked if he would participate in the ceremony with them later that day.
"The sentinel came over to me and gave me very detailed, explicit instructions on how the ceremony would be done." He said there was a lot to keep in mind with the rigidly diciplined ceremony, keeping up with the exact timing of the sentinels' movements, and performing his role in laying the wreath correctly. He said his 33 years of Honor Guard experience helped, but it was an experience he felt "uniquely honored" to be a part of.
Families, friends, and loved ones came together to welcome home the 186th Engineer Company during a redeployment ceremony in Dothan July 7, 2018.
This new test is scheduled to begin replacing the APFT in October, beginning with 60 battalions across all three components, and steadily rolling out to more units until all units are conducting the #ACFT in October 2020.
It’s a big change. Better start preparing for it. How do you feel about the Army Combat Fitness Test?
Photo of the Day: Leaders in the 203rd Military Police Battalion plan unit operations during annual training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Think you have what it takes to develop, implement, and execute complex strategy in a modern military environment?
Prove it. Call us @ 334-213-7518.
Looking for a career #change?
The Alabama Career Center System, in partnership with Ft. Rucker Army Community Service, the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Southeast AlabamaWorks, and local community colleges, will host a Job Fair on Thursday, July 12, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northview High School in Dothan. The job fair is free and open to the public, though veterans and current National Guardsmen will be given priority assistance.
More than 165 employers are scheduled to attend, covering more than 5,600 available jobs.
Jobseekers are encouraged to pre-register online at www.labor.alabama.gov/jobfair, where they can also find a full (and growing) list of employers scheduled to attend. Pre-registering will allow for faster entry, and participants are encouraged to print their confirmation and bring it with them or to save the confirmation e-mail on their phones. Jobseekers may also register on-site.
Applicants are encouraged to come to the job fair with multiple copies of their résumés, dressed professionally, and prepared to be interviewed on-the-spot.
The Alabama Career Center System’s mobile career center along with career center staff will be onsite at the job fair to assist jobseekers in applying for jobs.
Photo of the Day: Crewmembers with C Co., 1-111th MEDEVAC out of Hope Hull conduct pre-flight inspections on their HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters on 17 June, 2018, in preparation for deploying to SW Asia in support of ongoing military operations.
Interested in flying, maintaining, or working on board one of these aircraft? Get in touch with Alabama National Guard Recruiting via 334-213-7518.
Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Joseph Lengyel sent a memo this week to Guardsmen nationwide encouraging continued fervor in the fight against sexual assault and sexual harassment among our Soldiers and Airmen. As Citizen-Soldiers, we see firsthand that these are not exclusively military problems; sexual assault prevention and response are common concerns in the private workforce, as well. But we are held to higher standards when we put on the uniform, and we intend to lead the way in seeing our formations completely free of discrimination and injustice. We are improving, but how can we do better? What can we do to eradicate sexual assault from our ranks?
"Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty." -Louis D. Brandeis
While we spend the day #celebrating all that has made our country great, let's take a moment to read, in its entirety, the document that started it all. These charges show the principles from which our nation continues to declare its #freedom; let us never forget them, let us never discount them, and let us never regard tyranny with anything less than utmost solemnity.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
A round of applause and hearty "well-done" goes out to Sgt. 1st Class James Groulx.
On June 8th, Sgt. 1st Class Groulx was on staff duty in the Joint Operations Center when he received a call from the American Red Cross. They reported an ALNG Soldier was on Facetime with a friend in Germany and expressed suicidal ideations before ending the call. The friend could not regain contact with our Soldier and grew concerned. So she reported the incident to the Red Cross who contacted Groulx and gave him contact info for the Soldier. Groulx immediately called the Soldier and performed the ACE drill. The Soldier stated that they were OK but needed to talk to a counselor. Groulx contacted the Soldier's Chaplain and Readiness NCO and then conducted our standard suicide risk drill. The Soldier is now receiving help and support through official channels and appears to be recovering.
Sgt. 1st Class Groulx acted without hesitation and not only set the example for how we should respond to our brothers and sisters in need, but may have saved a fellow Soldier's life. Groulx was awarded with the Army Achievement Medal by the adjutant general for his actions.
Happy Independence Day from the Alabama National Guard!
Where do Green Berets get world-class training? Alabama, of course.
#PSA: With the start of July, the deadline to opt-in to the new Blended Retirement System (#BRS) is only six months away. Soldiers and Airmen have until the end of the calendar year to decide whether to remain in the legacy program or enroll in the new. Not sure which one is for you? Check the information below, consult one of our financial counselors, and use our retirement calculator before the deadline arrives!
Our standards are always high, but our pool of eligible recruits is steadily shrinking. If you want to take advantage of all the benefits of Guard service, including the pride and respect that come with the uniform, our recruiters have two tips:
1. Don't neglect your schooling. All recruits must pass the ASVAB prior to enlistment, and many of our most sought-after jobs require high scores.
2. Mind your fitness. Basic training will make you a warfighter, but you can't qualify without first meeting preliminary height/weight and body fat standards.
If you have what it takes and want to be counted among the state and nation's finest, contact Alabama National Guard Recruiting: 334-213-7518.
So you want to blow up one thing, but not everything else around it? Seems like a tall order, but explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialists know the way: a little engineering, a little muscle, and a whole lot of sand.
Watch our 666th EOD Company join with Soldiers from Arizona and Puerto Rico to practice "protective works" controlled demolitions.
#EOD #proworks #DontTryThisAtHome
#Thanks to all involved for hosting and inviting Alabama National Guard adjutant general Maj. Gen. Sheryl Gordon to give the keynote address at the 2018 Armed Forces Celebration luncheon in Huntsville.
Gordon spoke on the state's role in supporting the broader U.S. military's mission both globally and at home, as well as current challenges facing recruitment with the ever-increasing standards of a progressively #leaner, #stronger, and more #complex fighting force.
We appreciate the time, support, and patriotism of everyone who joined us in celebrating the uniformed men and women of our great state.
Hey, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, you can be our wingmen any time.
When the nation's oldest aerial acrobatics team needs a bit more juice, what better place to top off than over Alabama the Beautiful? When pilots need us, our expert crews in the Alabama Air National Guard's 117th Air Refueling Wing are #AlwaysReady and #AlwaysThere to keep our aircraft soaring safely through American skies.
Need a new DA photo? The photo lab will be in Mobile at the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade's headquarters at Fort Whiting for a limited time starting at 8 a.m. August 4-7. Per state leadership, all personnel E-6 and above without a current DA photo on record are highly encouraged to ensure they have one prior to February 2019 promotion boards. DA photos can also be taken at Fort Rucker, Joint Force Headquarters in Montgomery, Anniston Army Depot, Fort McClellan, and Redstone Arsenal, but all photo sessions must be registered as appointments through www.vios.army.mil with a CAC or AKO login.
In recognition of #PTSDAwarenessDay (June 27, 2018), the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade out of Mobile recently hosted Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Cliff Bauman to speak to local Soldiers and Marines during suicide prevention training.
Bauman is the survivor of an attempted suicide. After his attempt, he realized he needed support. He was diagnosed with PTSD, received treatment and believes that counseling has made him a stronger man and a stronger Soldier. Since then, he has shared his story throughout the military in an attempt to inform service members of programs available to help them in their mental health struggles and motivate them to take advantage. We #thank CW4 Bauman for sharing his very personal story in an effort to help our brothers and sisters in arms.
See more of Bauman's story in the video below.
#MentalHealth #StopTheLoss #SuicidePrevention
Interested in a technical trade in a construction-related field (i.e. welding, electrician, heavy equipment operation)? A trade-centric career fair will be held for Alabama Guardsmen at Fort McClellan Training Center June 28, 2018, at 9 a.m. in Building 1333. Personnel from numerous employers and apprenticeships will be on-site. For more information, contact Maj. Darold Carson via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Federal Tuition Assistance program is changing, opening up benefits to more Soldiers more quickly. After the policy change takes effect in August, FTA will still pay $250 per semester hour for up to 16 semester hours per year, but now you don't have to wait. Questions? Contact Education Services Specialist Valerie Prude at 334-260-6357.
*Note: the requirement for ALC/CCC/WOAC applies only if you have already used FTA for an undergraduate degree.
#TuitionAssistance #FTA #GoGuard