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NGAI Update; 25 September 2015

Dear NGAI Members and Friends,

We’re coming off a very successful conclusion of both our national conferences and starting to focus on 2016, but we still have allot to do in 2015. As Fall approaches, we will be kicking off the 2016 NGAI/EANGUS/NGAUS Membership campaign and our 2016 NGAI Legislative Goals. Be sure to check at www.NGAI.net on a regular basis for the latest information.

EANGUS Indy was a huge success and everyone attending fell in love with Indianapolis. The EANGUS Indy host team did a fantastic job, but the weather played a factor as well. Who would have dreamed we’d have highs in the upper 70s in August? We’ll just let all the visitors think that is normal Indy weather!  Check out the EANGUS Indy photo link at https://plus.google.com/115977463308327387509/photos. Pre-registration pricing ($150) has been extended for EANGUS 2016, so take advantage and join us in New Orleans next year. Pre-registration is available at http://eangus2016.org/

NGAUS Nashville was a great time with nearly 100 Hoosier delegates starting off with Charlie Daniels and ending with a show at the Grand Ole Opry. In between there were great briefs from senior army and air officers highlighted by General Mark Milley. If you weren’t there, you can still see General Milley’s brief courtesy of NGAUS at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBFhwVhLnCI . Make sure you watch this great video and hear about MG Corey Carr’s opportunity to enjoy being a LTC again! A great group of CGO/WOs consisting of NGAI Fellows and OPD funded received some great briefs and had a bit of fun at the same time. If you’ve never experienced a NGAUS before, check with someone who has and see what you’ve been missing.

As we close out 2015, we have a couple of great opportunities for you to consider. First, is our next Indiana National Guard alumni event co-hosted by NGAI. This year’s event is 16-17 October and will start at the Johnson county Armory for the MG R. Martin Umbarger Hall dedication and Alumni update briefs. We will transition to the Atterbury Conference Center for dinner and a time of fellowship. BOQ lodging is available for those desiring to stay for Saturday’s activities on the firing line and simulator facilities. Visit our homepage www.ngai.net for all the details. RSVP with Christy Ruzga, 317-247-3300, ext. 79956 or Christy.L.Ruzga.nfg@mail.mil.

The other opportunity is a new fund raising partnership with Friends of the NRA and a 2016 NGAI/FNRA Calendar raffle. Your calendar is your raffle ticket for $50. We will draw for 36 weapons and if you win the first weapon, you still have equal opportunity on the next 35. So for as little as $1.50 per weapon chance, you will have an opportunity to win multiple weapons plus receive a cool calendar. Calendars are available from any NGAI Board member and many or our CGO and Enlisted Committees. Or you can order on line at https://www.ngai.net/2016-calendar/ .