NGAW 2013 Conference
April 19-21, 2013
Thank you to all the attendees and sponsors at the NGAW
year's auction at the NGAW State Conference raised over $10,000 to
benefit the Minuteman Fund! Thank you to all of you who
participated, and a special thanks to this year's donors:
Trisha and Kent Almond
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
The Davenport Hotel
Hands On Children’s Museum
Hotel Murano Tacoma
Lake Spanaway Golf Course
LeMay America's Car Museum
Nisqually Red Wind Casino
The Ribbon Works
Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop
Bill and Nancy Siems
2013 NGAW Spring
cooperation with the Washington Military Department Legislative
Committee worked diligently to support legislation that supports and
benefits the soldiers and airmen of the National Guard. Your NGAW
Executive Director and our contract lobbyist met with state
representatives and senators to discuss the vital role the National
Guard plays in protecting the citizens of our state and the need to
provide support in the form of increased educational and employment
The bills listed
have been signed into law by Governor Inslee:
SHB 1537 –
Veterans Preference- Provides a 10 point veteran’s preference for
ex-military that retire from service when applying for state
SB 5144 – K-12
Campus Access – Allows military recruiters access to school
SB 5343 – Higher
Ed/Military – It protects members who are higher education students
when they participate in training or other missions that are less
than 30 days in length.
SB 5797 –
Specialty Courts – select criminal cases where agencies coordinate
together to provide treatment for a defendant (military personnel)
who has particular needs.
NGAW continues to
also work at the Federal level collaborating with NGAUS and EANGUS.
We have spent many hours tracking the potential impact of proposed
budget cuts and reduced funding through Sequestration. We weighed in
most heavily on the exemption of technician furloughs.
A major mission
of NGAW is to advocate on state and federal issues that improve the
quality of life for the National Guard. We invite you to become
involved in our grassroots advocacy program, together speaking with
one voice we will be heard in Olympia.
TAG Presents Distinguished Service Medal to
Secretary of State Sam Reed in recognition of his support to the
Washington National Guard on January 7, 2013.
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National Guard Association of Washington (NGAW) is the State
Association of the National Guard Association of the United States
(NGAUS) and the Enlisted Association of the United States (EANGUS).
NGAW advocates for Washington National Guard members and families at the
state level and NGAUS/EANGUS advocate for all Guard members and
families at the national level. There have been many association
accomplishments/initiatives at both the state and national level.
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NGAW Board of Directors
welcome your new NGAW Board of Directors:
President (2 Year Term)
Vice President (2 Year Term)
Treasurer (2 Year Term)
Chairperson Enlisted Guild (2 Year Term)
Chairperson Officer Guild (1 Year Term)
Officer Board of Directors
Timothy Gorden - 2 year
Lucas Whitehall - 1 year
Chris Blanco - 2 year
Enlisted Board of Directors (2 Year Term)
Retiree/State Guard Board of Directors (2 Year Term)
Board meetings are the first
Thursday of every month in Building 1, AGO Conference room at 1700.
All NGAW members are welcome
$900 Blanchard Scholarship
Thanks for the Memories
1940s Era Dance/USO Style
Friday, July 19, 2013 7 - 10 pm
Museum of History & Industry
The USO Northwest is going back to our
roots! During World War II USO’s all over the globe would hold free
dances for service members, allowing them to mingle with the
community who were there to show how much they supported the
The free 1940s themed dance is for
those 18 years old and over.
Two no-host cash bars.
The big band Route 66, and the USO Dance Troupe will be performing
1940s-era costumes are encouraged!
For our military guests, we ask you wear your uniform.
Food trucks outside MOHAI with food to purchase.
Free cupcakes and punch will be inside.
Swing lessons will be offered from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Medal of Merit award was presented to Senator Patty Murray and
Governor Chris Gregoire for their continued support of the
Washington National Guard.
July 3, 2012
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