News & Announcements

2017 Legislative Results

We are very pleased to announce that for the third straight year all the bills introduced to the Mississippi Legislature have passed and have either already been signed into law or are only awaiting Governor Bryant’s signature. These new laws will be in place on July 1, 2017. We thank the members of the NGAMS Legislative Committee and Major General Durr Boyles and his staff, especially LTC (Ret) Tim Prater, for their leadership, assistance and efforts. Many of these new laws are the result of communication from our Service members on the issues that impact their lives. As we have stated many times, this is why it is so important for our Service members to be active members of NGAMS and to attend the state and national conferences.
We are especially pleased this year to not get our budget cut like so many other state agencies. Listed below are the specific bills by number along with a brief description. Please follow the link at the bottom of this post to read the history and full text of each individual item. It takes you to the front page of the Mississippi legislature. From there you may simply plug in the respective House and Senate bill numbers.
Finally, we are very thankful to the members of the legislature and their staff for working with us. It is a very difficult task they face each year but they were very accommodating to us throughout the process.
HB 336: Amends MS Code Ann. Section 33-4-1 to provide that monies in the Mississippi Military Family Relief Fund may be used to provide assistance to families that experience a financial hardship as a result of a family member who is a member of the Mississippi National Guard regardless of whether the family member is a resident of Mississippi.
HB 383: Amends MS Code Ann. Section 63-1-208 to require the commissioner of public safety to adopt rules and regulations that provide for the military skills test waiver for commercial driver’s licenses.
SB 2620: Amends MS Code Ann. Section 33-13-151, to revise the composition of summary courts-martial; Amends Section 33-13-159 to provide that the decision to grant a request for trial before a special or general courts-martial is reserved to the general court-martial convening authority, and to revise the maximum sentence which may be imposed by a summary courts-martial for a single offense; Amends Section 33-13-179 to revise who may convene a summary courts-martial; Amends Section 33-13-183 to provide that a military judge or a summary court officer shall preside over sessions of the court-martial to which he or she has been detailed; Amends Section 33-13-325 to increase the amount of fine which may be imposed by a military court for contempt.
HB 1026: Creates in the state treasury a special fund to be known as the “Mississippi National Guard State Active Duty Emergency Operations Fund” for the purpose of maintaining annual general fund budget restrictions and enabling the Mississippi Military Department to respond to domestic events as directed by the governor during declared states of emergency or in conjunction with approved emergency management assistance compacts.
SB 2967: Provides an appropriation for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the Mississippi National Guard for fiscal year 2018.
http://www.legislature.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Apply for Life Insurance from the comfort of your home

Thanks to the talents and efforts of Lt Col Cydridge “Zeke” Gray, you may now fill out and email your application from the comfort of your laptop. Please follow the link below, fill the form and either
1- digitally sign then email to Tammy Graves at tgraves@ngams.org or
2- print the filled out form, manually sign and scan to Tammy Graves at tgraves@ngams.org or mail to Tammy at PO Box 627, Jackson, MS 39205.
Please ensure to include your email address and phone number.
We will send you a confirmation email upon receipt by our office. Please be aware that it may take a couple of days to process the form and send the email.
Instructions for completing the form are also included. You will need Adobe Reader and will not be able to send from a .mil account due to the encryption requirements. Please contact either Tammy Graves at 601-354-7555 or tgraves@ngams.org or Maj Gen (Ret.) Cris Crisler at 601-594-3571 or ccrisler@ngams.org.
https://www.ngams.org/…/state-sponsored-life-ins…/apply-now/

2017 NGAMS Conference Registration

ITS TIME AGAIN FOR THE BEST STATE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN THE NATION!

This email is to the POCs for the seven At Ease Gangs around the state. Please share this email with your members as we would love to have our retired officers join us at the conference. Additionally, a paper copy will follow in the mail.

Included in this email is all the information you will need to register for the 2017 NGAMS Conference. You will find attached the official conference letter with details on events to include attire for military personnel and civilians. All events for the NGAMS conference will be at the Jackson Convention Complex, located at 105 East Pascagoula Street, Jackson, MS 39201.

Hotels for the conference are the Hilton Garden Inn, Jackson/Downtown 601-353-5464, 235 West Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39201and the Jackson Marriott Hotel, 601-969-5100, 200 East Amite Street, Jackson, MS 39201. The rates are $91.00 per night, which does not include state and local taxes. You can make your reservations using Group Code: National Guard Association of Mississippi to ensure you receive the conference rate. The deadline for making room reservations is 14 April 2017.

For your convenience here are links to the conference hotels if you want to reserve your rooms online:

Jackson Marriott Hotel

http://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=Mississippi%20National%20Guard%20Association%5EJANMC%60MNGMNGA%6091.00%60USD%60false%604%604/27/17%604/30/17%604/14/17&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes

King Edward Hotel

https://aws.passkey.com/event/16449453/owner/13840818/home

You may also register online or use the attached form.

Register as an individual

We hope you make plans to attend. Should you have any questions please call MSG Greg Taylor at 601-354-7555 or email him at gtaylor@ngams.org. We look forward to seeing you in Jackson.

79th Annual Conference

Props to 2LT Daniel Rice

Earlier this week we received an online application for an active life membership from a new second lieutenant by the name of Daniel Rice of HSC, 890th EN BN. Its not highly unusual to receive an application as we have had several Service members take advantage of the active life membership special. Further, Daniel Rice had prior service so his commissioning was not his “first rodeo” with the military. The reason that we are writing an update on this particular application is due to LT Rice’s example of being everything that we strive to convey to our new officers.

As many are aware, a newly commissioned lieutenant is given a complimentary first year membership to NGAUS and NGAMS. Thus LT Rice didn’t even have to pay dues this year. However, LT Rice wasted no time making sure he became proactive in his future and the future of his fellow officers, enlisted Soldiers and their families. Further, LT Rice is now done with paying NGAUS and NGAMS dues for the rest of his active and retired career and saved himself literally thousands of dollars.

Thank you again Daniel for your example. We look forward to working with you.

Gov Bryant and MG Boyles to speak at Veterans Day Program

The War Veterans Memorial Commission is hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony at the War Memorial Building on Friday, November 11, 2016 starting at 1030. In honor of those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country Governor Phil Bryant and Major General J. Durr Boyles, The Adjutant General of Mississippi, will both speak on their behalf. We would greatly appreciate any assistance you could give in publicizing and attending this program for this very deserving group of citizens. The ceremony is not very long but you will have an opportunity before and after the program to speak to attending veterans and enjoy refreshments provided by the Daughters of the American Revolution. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at 601-540-2794.

Veterans Day Ceremony 2016

Outstanding Message from Col Eric Bratu

Please see below a message from Col Eric Bratu. He does an outstanding job of explaining his thoughts on taking care of Service members by making sure their families can keep afloat financially if something tragic should happen as well as how important it is for a Service member to keep themselves informed and on top of their military careers.

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It’s that time of the year, Association dues. Each year we solicit dues from our personnel to join their respective associations. However, do we take the time to explain the benefits? I agree membership is voluntary and we as senior officers have to be careful in how we discuss association membership. However, don’t we typically share information with others when we find a good deal? Well our associations are good deals so hopefully you will share some of this information. I have attached an “unofficial NGAMS brochure” that lists some of the benefits of NGAMS. Since some may not read the attached document, I wanted to provide a short comparison on the association insurance based on what I could find on line based on the TV advertisements for life insurance.

Also notify your personnel of the limited time offer to get their lifetime national and state dues at a 25% discount ($750) and they can set-up a payment plan (24 months). Further, if you have already paid your dues for this past year then you also get subtract that amount from the active life membership plan as long as you do it prior to December 31, 2016. For example, an O5 that paid $103 annual dues for 2016 can subtract that amount from the $750. That means an active life membership would only cost $647. Conservatively, an officer over a 26 year span will spend $2,347 in NGAMS/NGAUS dues. For longer careers, this number only increases. That is why a life membership makes so much financial sense. See https://www.ngams.org/membership/life-membership-savings for more information and cost comparisons.

Insurance spill (for all MS NG personnel, officer and enlisted):
Part of taking care of our fellow Guardsmen is taking care of them and their families in the very unfortunate incident when the unthinkable happens in the death of either the husband or wife. How many or our personnel are not aware of the life insurance program offered by their association?

For only $6.80 per month, NGAMS will provide $10,000 for the member (increases to $12,500 after the first year), $10,000 for the member’s spouse and $2,500 per child. For $25.25 per month, the member can increase their FAMILY’S coverage to $35,000 for the member (increases to $45,000 after the first year), $50,000 for the spouse and $15,000 per child. Compare this to $30+ per month for a female only (no coverage for spouse or child) from the insurance companies advertising on TV.

In addition, MS National Guardsmen can increase their coverage in increments of $50,000 for an additional $400,000 in coverage on them and their spouse as needed. Hopefully, most of our guardsmen have the $400,000 of SGLI. However, how many of our young men and women do not know they can get the same level of coverage on their spouses? What would happen if the unimaginable happens and a young airman loses his spouse who may have a job of which they are dependent to make ends meet or stays home and takes care of their children? We cannot replace the loss of a loved one but we can relieve some of the stress of how he/she pays the bills or hires a care giver for young children. For an additional $32 per month, a member can add $400,000 of coverage for their spouse (under age 50, nontobacco user). Note the member pays $29 per month for SGLI and believes that is a deal so covering the spouse with $400,000 for an additional $32 per month is not a deal? Additional information and rates for different increments is available at https://www.ngams.org/insurance/state-sponsored-life-insurance/.

I admit, life insurance premiums increase dramatically with age. From age 50-59, that same $32 will only get you closer to $100,000 of insurance. However, typically, we are most vulnerable to debt at the younger ages. There are mortgages, young children, etc. As we get older, we don’t need as much life insurance so even if the member decides to cancel their enhanced insurance in the later years, they can keep their basic coverage for life (coverage reduces at age 60 and again at age 70). That’s right, even after you retire, you can keep a basic policy. However, you must have the coverage for at least 12 months prior to retirement and the good news is the premiums don’t increase based on age (coverage decreases to $5,000 for member and spouse).

Following are some comparisons from Internet sites. At a minimum, this should get our people to relook at their existing policies.

Whole life policy comparison (Mutual of Omaha site)
$10,000 for a female age 50 – $30 per mo from Mutual of Omaha, $37.20 per mo from New York Life and $47.80 per month from Colonial Penn

Other numbers are below:

MetLife – Whole Life policy – At age 50, $25,000 costs $126.50 per mo (male
https://www.metlife.com/individual/insurance/life-insurance/guaranteed-acceptance.html

AIG – 10 year term life – At age 40, $250,000 costs $13.75 per mo (male)
https://www.aigdirect.com/protect-your-family?dnis=9199&cmpid=Online&KNC=google&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Online&gclid=CO_3sNKgjdACFdc9gQodDU0DBA

Mutual of Omaha – Term Life- $100,000 for ages 50-54 costs $62.75 per mo and ages 55-59 increases to $100.33 per mo
https://www.mutualofomaha-lifeinsurance.com/?src=mutualdirect
Eric
NGAMS/NGAUS Life Member

Nominations for NGAMS 2017-18 Officers

The Committee on Nominations will meet on Tuesday, 7 February 2017, to consider nominations for elected offices of NGAMS for 2017 – 2018.

Before this meeting takes place, I solicit recommendations for nominations from all members for the four (4) elected positions, plus the Delegate at Large to the 2017 NGAUS Conference. You are encouraged to submit the names of individuals for the positions shown. Each name submitted will be thoroughly evaluated by the Committee on Nominations.

A very brief biographical sketch of no more that one paragraph must accompany each name submitted.

VICE PRESIDENT – ARMY ___________________________
(President Elect 2018)

VICE PRESIDENT – AIR ___________________________

SECRETARY (AIR) ___________________________

TREASURER (ARNG) ___________________________

DELEGATE AT LARGE (ARMY) ___________________________
(NGAUS Conference, Louisville, KY)

Your recommendation and biographical sketch should be mailed or e-mailed to the attention of the Committee on Nominations, NGAMS, P.O. Box 627, Jackson, MS 39205 or via e-mail to LTC Allen McDaniel at amcdaniel@ngams.org. It is your responsibility to ensure that the nominated individuals are aware of the nomination and are willing to serve in this capacity, if elected.

All nominations must be received NLT Friday, 27 January 2017, for consideration by the committee. The names of committee members are listed in the attachment below for your information.

BG (Ret.) J. ROY ROBINSON
Executive Director

Nominations-2017-18-letter

Updated Credit Card Numbers

If you are using a credit card for a recurring payment and the number or expiration date has changed on the card please call Ms Terrie Price at 601-354-7555 or email her at tprice@ngams.org with your updated information.  Please be aware that USAA recently changed their cards from MasterCard to Visa and it is impacting many life membership payments.  Thank you for your help.

Officers and Enlisted Servicemembers- Let your voice be heard!

Your NGAMS Company Grade Representative CPT Susie Hubbard wants you to share your opinions with leadership.  Please click on the link below and read the attached article.  After that click on the survey at the bottom of the article and let the NGAUS and EANGUS leadership know what is important to you.

http://www.ngaus.org/newsroom/news/call-us

Again, thanks to CPT Susie Hubbard for pushing this very important issue.

NGAUS Conference Update

What does a Town Crier, Crab Cakes and a speech by a Presidential candidate have in common?

An official town crier (Hint: perhaps Francis Scott Key) will greet you, plus mouthwatering Maryland crab cakes (with Old Bay seasoning! J are on the menu, when you arrive at NGAUS 2016.

Plus, you may have a chance to witness history if Presidential candidates confirm that they will address the NGAUS audience.

Feel free to use the attached zip files to spread the word about what to expect when 50 States/4 Territories, representing your National Guard colleague ‘Casey, Sean M BG USARMY (US)’ <sean.m.casey8.mil@mail.mil>s, gather at NGAUS 2016.

Late Breaking news…

Ø The National Guard will be publicly recognized and will participate in pre-game, on field ceremonies at the Ravens/Bills season opener on 9/11, when they unfurl the American flag. The Md National Guard will also conduct another dramatic flyover during the pre-game singing of our National Anthem.

Ø Advance Online Conference Registration continues open for business. Hotel Guest rooms ARE still available at an affordable group discounted rate. Contact: ngaus2016@epponline 410 / 997 0763 410/997 0764 fax

Ø Here is a brand new way to save on conference registration fees… the host State is continuing to process sponsorship applications from industry, for high profile recognition during the Conference. It is NOT too late for industry to be recognized and to support the Guard via a sponsorship!

Refer an industry contact to ngaus2016@epponline.com. If they become a new sponsor, you will receive a complimentary full conference registration.

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