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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

October 2020 Update

September was National Suicide Prevention Month and it hit close to home for one of our International Board members who as an active duty first sergeant had to deal first hand because a member of his unit took their own life.  In this fast-paced world that is so disrupted on so many levels, it is difficult to see this coming.  As a nation, we need to take a step back and each of us focus on our families, units, and those in close proximity.  Each life is precious and too often, we don’t realize just how precious it is until it is gone.

My fellow Non Commissioned Officer Association (NCOA) members, if I was a betting man, most of us would ask for a do-over for 2020.  We started off the year with an attempt to remove the Commander in Chief, followed almost immediately with COVID-19 which brought about a collapse of our economy and a significant change to personal freedom as well as the implementation of social distancing.  Businesses shut down, travel plans were wiped out and a sense of cultural division unlike I have seen in my lifetime.  That was followed by a string of disasters such as fires, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes to name a few.

Chairman Haines presented Russ Schweikert, Lauren Trantham & Melanie Madden, the Veterun committee, with awards from NCOA for their hard work.

There is a silver lining to all of this doom and gloom.  NCOA has been making forward strides as an organization.  We are doing a revamp of our Strategic Communication plan.  We are revising our Awards manual to ensure that hard-working members are properly recognized.  We have affiliated with USCCA which allows members to get a 15% discount on programs when the average person would only qualify at best for a 10% discount.  Our recruiting is on track to meet a target of 1,000 new members.  We have established a new member’s only Facebook page and are reaching out with new layers with which to communicate with all of our membership.  We have begun reaching out to our members at large by establishing geographic regions with several new regional coordinators already in place.

Your NCOA has not been sitting still and has not allowed a worldwide crisis to push us into a corner.  Our new President has established a new “Commander’s Call” where he interviews significant figures that bring insight into issues relevant to NCOA and our armed forces.  We have held several all member meetings over the past couple of months via Zoom in order to keep our membership up to date and your Board of Directors has been meeting via Zoom every one to two months to stay on top of opportunities that will benefit each of you.  Your leadership has never been more engaged since I have been a member.  I am excited by things that I see happening within your NCOA in spite of what is going on in the world.  We are evolving and finding the right mix of recognizing and stabilizing our past legacy with the tools and programs that will attract the next generation so that NCOA will live on.  We need your input on both targets.  We do not want to leave anyone behind as we move forward and that is an all hand process just like on the battlefield where we learned to leave no one behind.

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

Rogue Chapter helps during disaster!

The fires in southern Oregon this week have been devastating.  A quick call to NCOA HQ once we were able to confirm some members lost everything but the clothes on their back brought about instantaneous action.  Chairman Terry Haines, Treasurer Ron Kohl and Knight Advisor Bud Cordes presented assistance checks to Ike Eisenhauer & Keith Schwartz.

September 2020 Update

At a fund raiser was for the upcoming VeteRun.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and with the veteran suicide rate on or near an all-time high, it has never been more important for each of you to reach out to your buddies and do buddy checks to make sure that your buddy will be there tomorrow.

My fellow Non Commissioned Officer Association (NCOA) members, I recently watched an NCOA Zoom call that resonated with me in a personal way.  One of the participants was Marine veteran; SSGT Tim Jenson that I discovered served in Iraq at the same time I was there.  He is a generation younger than I but he triggered some factors that I think we often dismiss because they may be too obvious, or because we have become so focused on COVID-19 that we have just forgotten.

A common denominator with the vast majority of men and women who have and are serving in the armed forces is patriotism.  World events like 9/11 brought out a huge surge in joining the military because the very fiber of our nation was violently attacked.  The heroism and sacrifice of those first responders rushing into the twin towers and the Pentagon knowing that they were putting themselves in danger to save total strangers no matter what their political, racial, sexual or religious affiliation made us all proud to be Americans.  Those actions also resonate with those of us who serve in the military.  For a period of time, our nation was in shock.  Differences no longer mattered.  Our entire nation mobilized to send help through agencies like the American Red Cross.  Americans of all ages, races, sexes, and socio-economic and political backgrounds came together.

Today we find ourselves in another kind of crisis, one that is invisible, but just as deadly as that attack on the twin towers and the Pentagon.  As a nation, we have eliminated slavery, elevated women to an equal status with the right to vote, and have worked to address and eliminate many other social injustices.  This work is not done as there is still a lot to do.  One point that SSGT Jensen mentioned about his tour in Iraq that is one that demonstrates the concepts of freedom and patriotism the best of all was watching the Iraqi people were willing to risk their very lives to have an opportunity to vote.  They stood in lines longer than anything you could imagine in this country to vote and have their finger imprinted with the purple ink showing that they had cast a ballot.  What makes that impressive is that there were forces trying to stop the voting and they openly attacked and killed Iraqi citizens standing in line and yet the Iraqi’s were not going to give up their opportunity to vote, no matter what.

NCOA members, no matter where you live, you have the opportunity to lead within your community and show that patriotism and civic responsibility are not dead in this country.  While we are not a perfect nation, we are by far the best option on the entire planet and if we can come together like a nation after 9/11 and sit down and address our problems, we can work together and make America even better.  Take the leadership that you were exposed to and used while in the military to make a difference in your community. 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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    October 1 - October 22
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    October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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