Rogue Chapter

ID Card Renewal/DEERS

The Medford National Guard Armory is now doing ID card renewals M-F on Walk-In ONLY from 9:00 to 16:00.

Located at:
1701 South Pacific Hwy
Medford, OR 97501

Call 503-584-3040 to make sure you have all paperwork needed before you go.

DoD DEERS Enrollment

January 2021 Update

It’s here!  2021 is here and all of the issues and struggles that 2020 subjected us to can now begin to be replaced with the hope that a new year brings.  January starts off with New Year’s Day and many people go through the ritual of making resolutions.  Let’s just focus on one.  2021 will be better than 2020!  January also recognizes a hero of the Civil Rights Movement on Martin Luther King Day and I suggest that as NCO’s and Petty Officers that we take the lead and do something to diffuse so much of the tension thrust upon us last year.  The last time I checked, God made all of us and on the battlefield of life, we all bleed red!

I had the pleasure of speaking with many members of my chapter as 2020 closed out and I received a lot of encouraging words.  This year will provide us the opportunity for a do-over.  The enlisted force makes up approximately 80% of our entire military.  The Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) represents that 80% along with your families.  We have some exciting ideas that are churning around in the heads of your leadership.  I want to ask you a question.  Do you have a couple of hours a month that you could consider contributing to making a difference for the 80%?  We are considering putting together a strategic plan that focuses on between 3-5 areas where NCOA can make a difference.  Maybe you could help maintain one of the numerous social media outlets available today so that we can reach more people?  Maybe you could help as a regional coordinator that can try to bring a group of the 80% of our members at large together in a virtual chapter.  Maybe you could help with submitting information for one of the chapter newsletters.

NCOA is constrained by the limits of our imagination.  I have been talking about doing buddy checks to stay connected to our brothers and sisters isolated by COVID.  Some of you risked your lives in war to save a buddy and now in peace, isn’t it worth a phone call or having a cup of coffee to do the same thing for a struggling service member?  There are some programs out there that have moved to doing more than raising awareness.  I am hopeful that in the near future, we will have information available to do something that engages people in fighting this horrible trend of veteran suicides.

I challenge you to do something in 2021 to make it a better year than 2020.  It doesn’t have to cost you money, but it may cost you a little time, but I would be willing to bet that none of you want to go through another 2020 as long as you live.  So start with a simple thing.  Make up your mind that you are going to do something that will make a difference in your family, your chapter, your community and your nation.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at chairman@ncoausa.org and I can assure you that your leadership will take note.

Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example,

MCPO (SCW) Terry M. Haines
Chairman, International Board of Directors

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December 2020 Update

December is upon us and we barely have had time to recover from Thanksgiving and now we find the official start of winter and a Christmas that has COVID pressing in on it from all sides.  Each of us has a decision to make.  The start of December marks the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Our nation was hurt and hurt badly by that event but we persevered.  As admiral Yamamoto is reported to have said, “I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant.”  Today the attack was not with bombs and bullets; it came as an invisible virus.  Our resolve is being challenged and the fight which took place 79 years ago is now hitting us in communities from one side of this country to the other.

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Christmas marks the birth of our Lord and Savior and a focus on that positive reality is a much needed diversion from the fear and hysteria being pushed upon us daily by the news cycle.  Let us start by celebrating the fact that December 13th is the birthday of our National Guard.    Many of the members of the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) are members of the National Guard so if you know of one, wish them Happy Birthday and thank them for their service.  We can also be thankful that one of the most forgettable years in US History, if not world history, will come to an end and we have the hope for a brighter and better year ahead.

I have always tried to live my life from the perspective that the glass is half full rather than half empty.  While the difference may seem small, it boils down to whether you look at things from a positive perspective or a negative one.  I am sure that you have heard the saying “when stuck with a bag of lemons, make lemonade.”

The year 2020 has had an overabundance of lemons, but that just sets us up to make a lot of refreshing lemonade with the start of the New Year.  My fellow NCOA members reach out to that long lost buddy with whom you served.  Offer to help an elderly neighbor and generate a smile.  If you are one of our older members, perhaps contact a family member and share some of your buried treasure of experiences with them.  It may seem hard and maybe even hurt a bit, but releasing those pent up experiences will help give someone a perspective that they probably need to hear about.  In the end, you will feel better and your family or friends will learn something that may change how they view life.  For Christmas, instead of buying a present, share an experience and make a difference in our little world.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, either contact headquarters or contact me at chairman@ncoausa.org and I can assure you that your leadership will take note.

Strength in Unity & Leadership By Example,

MCPO (SCW) Terry M. Haines
Chairman, International Board of Directors

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Find out more about our national organization by going to their website at www.ncoausa.org.