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NGAI Alert #3; 29 January 2016

NGAI Members & Friends,
We are honored to announce that Lieutenant General Joseph Lengyel, Vice Chief, National Guard Bureau, has accepted our invitation as guest of honor for our annual NGAI Conference in French Lick. Registration is open for the conference and there is more information later in this update.

Our top priority right now is our state legislative effort. We are off to a good start, but we need you to ask your representatives and senators to support our military and veteran bills. Without your voice, these bills are always at risk to be killed. You can stay informed on the current status by checking our website link, Track Military/Veteran related bills, www.hannah-in.com/Report_Custom.aspx?sid=k9nnjUaW23c%3d&rid=Eg6LcUPqq%2bU%3d

2016 NGAI Public Policy Objectives Update
HB1313 Hoosier Veterans
The Indiana House committee on Veteran’s Affairs and Public Safety met on 1-26-16 and voted on HB1313.01. The committee voted 13 to 0 in favor of the bill. Here is a link to see who is on the committee and the results of the vote. http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/house/1313#document-934e9324.

It has now passed a second reading and is eligible for a third reading Monday, 1 February with a deadline of Wednesday, 3 February. While we are very close, it could still be derailed on the third reading. Please continue to ask your state representatives to support HB 1313.

Next, starting February 9, it will be heard by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs & the Military. The committee is chaired by Sen Jim Banks who is also LTJG Banks, USNR. http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/committees/veterans_affairs_the_military. Please encourage your senators, especially those on the committee to support Hoosier Veterans.

NGAI 2016 Calendar and January Winners
The 2016 NGAI Calendar raffle winners have been drawn. February through December winners will be announced during their winning month. Please watch our website at www.ngai.net as we will be posting winners as they are announced.

Look for the 2017 NGAI Calendar raffle to begin at the 2016 NGAI Annual Conference. We will have full details about the 2017 raffle at French Lick in April.

Our January winners are:
#1 – Mark Dirksen, Muncie, IN – Mossberg 702 Plinkster, Caliber: 22 GA
#2 – Rick Tryon, Terre Haute, IN – Micro Carry STS, Caliber:.380 ACP
#3 – Steve Thompson, Cayuga, IN – XD-9 3’ Blk Pistol, Caliber: 9 MM
Calls have been placed to the winners with instructions sent on how to claim their weapon.

Call for Nominations
We are currently seeking individuals who wish to serve on the NGAI Board of Directors. If you or someone you know wishes to serve please have them fill out the attached Nomination Form, attach at current photo and send to linda@ngai.net NLT 6 February 2016. Board members serve for 3 years and one third of the board is up for reelection each year. The attached document includes a list of expectations for those who serve. CLICK 2016 BOD Call for Nomination info and fillable form to download the info and nomination form.

NGAI 2016 Annual Conference, French Lick, IN
21-24 April 2016
Our annual conference registration is now online at www.ngai.net. Follow this link to register for the conference. Also available is a form to assist in making hotel reservations. Use code 0416NGA to get the conference rates of $109 plus tax per night at French Lick; $189 plus tax per night at West Baden. All reservations should be made directly with the hotel. Rates and room availability through March 31, 2016 so please don’t delay in making reservations.

Sign up for the Saturday night States Dinner, Friday Golf Outing, 5K Run, Business Meeting, Retiree Breakfast with MG Carr (CGOs and E5 & below invited at no cost), Guest Brunch, Small Arms Defensive Course/Live Firing and a second guest event still to be scheduled. Questions should be directed to Linda at 317-247-3196 or via email at Linda@ngai.net. Agendas will be posted online in mid-February.

Thanks you for your continued support!
Mike Sturm
Executive Director
National Guard Association of Indiana