North Carolina-NC National Guard-April 25

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-April 25

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

I have friends that are either currently serving or have served in the North Carolina National Guard.


I really wanted to understand what makes this military division different from other branches of our country’s military.

The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) is a military force comprised of citizen Soldiers and Airmen sworn to support and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the State of North Carolina. Their heritage can be traced back to the 1663 Carolina Charter granting authority to levy, muster, and train men.

NCNG has two divisions the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. Those divisions are split into different units. A list of those units is found below:

    • 60th Troop Command (TC) – Raleigh, NC
    • 449th Theater Aviation Brigade (TAB) – Morrisville, NC
    • 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) – Clinton, NC
    • 113th Sustainment Brigade (SB) – Greensboro, NC
    • 139th Regiment – Fayetteville, NC
    • 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) – Charlotte, NC
    • 145th Airlift Wing – Charlotte, NC

National Guard is the only United States military force empowered to function in a state status. Those functions range from limited actions during non-emergency situations to full-scale law enforcement of martial law when local law enforcement officials can no longer maintain civil control. The National Guard may be called into federal service in response to a call by the President of Congress.

One of my friends is retired Major General John Atkinson who served 36 years in the Army and North Carolina Army National Guard. He just may be the high ranking retired military officer living in Robeson County.

John depicted on right at Memorial Day Service in St. Pauls NC

John Atkinson

John and many others I know have served thru the National Guard including Danny Britt, Charlie Noble, and Dean Davis.

Photo below of two of my neighbors-David Branch (left) and Danny Britt (right)-Danny serves with 113th Sustainment Brigade in Army National Guard.

Danny Britt David Branch

Thanks to all of you for your service.


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