NGAC Launches 24 Hour Minuteman Recruiting Campaign

Synergizing the 24-hour Minuteman for Upcoming Federal Appropriations Fight

Brig. Gen. (CA) Pete Cross became the National Guard Association of California’s first 24-hour Minuteman Volunteer Friday, Feb. 6, 2020 when he paid his dues and became a life member.

In the tradition of Minuteman volunteer who took up arms to beat back British oppression, Pete volunteers one day per year, 24 hours, to furthering National Guard Association Business. With 8,760 hours in a Year, that’s less than .3% of the General’s time.

The 24-hour Minuteman is NGAC’s Membership Chairman, Lt. Col. (Ret) Jerry Clements brain child. It’s a spinoff, one might say, of President John F. Kennedy’s famous question, “Ask not what your California National Guard and State Guard can do for you; but what you can do for your California National Guard and State Guard?”

Cross responded, when NGAC Executive Director Jim Lubey accepted his lifetime membership, and the commitment to volunteer 24 hours of his year, applying the military professional skills he gained from his military education, experience, and training as follows:

  • 8 hours using knowledge gained from Military Colleges, training, and experience for research and analysis of joint NGAC/CNG projects to prepare Congressionally-mandated Quadrennial Reports, and National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) resolutions for National Guard and Reserve Equipment Authorizations/National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) consideration;
  • 4 hours volunteering for Chapter fundraisers and activities supporting your Chapter and unit
  • 4 hours of NGAC Executive Council/NGAC Chapter Officer Meetings/Boss-lift information Packets;
  • 4 hours public briefs before civic groups, local civic leaders, Congressional District Officers, or possibly legislative testimony.
  • 4 hours Unit and family socials Sponsored by the NGAC.

“This movement in NGAC and California National Guard relations comes at a critical juncture, as we learn that the Pentagon plans to raid nearly $1 Billion from the National Guard fiscal year 2021 appropriations,” said NGAC President COL (Ret) Stan Zezotarski. “This includes withdrawing $790 million from the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Authorization (NGREA) for equipment modernizations, $169 Million for the C-130J Super Hercules cargo planes that California relies heavily for carrying Modular Airborne Fire Fighting (MAFFS) to douse wildfires; and $100 million for HUMVEE [High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle] modernization that California uses for high-water fording during floods to rescue marooned residents.

 With $754 Billion on the table for the largest military buildup since the Reagan Administration, this is a glaring revelation of DoD’s lack of confidence in the National Guard.” NGAUS President, Brig. Gen. (Retired) Roy Robinson said with California’s 53 Congressional delegates, that all state National Guards in the NGAUS fold are strengthened with a vibrant NGAC. Yet, California has sent the fewest delegates to the annual NGAUS conference for the last several years, arguably placing NGAUS in the vulnerable position they find themselves with the upcoming NGREA/NDAA projections.

We’re working to change that, Membership Chair Clements said. Our strategy is three-fold. First, we’re working with Brig. Gen. (CA) Cross to surge an NGAC Capitol Chapter to serve as the flagship of the NGAC/CNG Counter-suicide Task Force. With the National Guard having the highest suicide rate among the three components, we want to dismiss this as a potential argument that the National Guard is not as lethal as its Active Duty Brethren.

We’re going to take away DoD’s possible argument that the National Guard cannot overcome its unique part-time force and geographical disbursement of armoires challenges to end the tragedy of military suicides in the National Guard. Our counter-suicide task force will beef up the CNG’s already successful suicide prevention program with additional resources from the nonprofit organizations and Faith Groups, Clements said.

Second, we want to strengthen California National Guard’s sagging influence with its 53 Congressional districts by surging Chapters in units that are in the cross hairs of DoD’s NGREA and force structure budget withdrawals, such as the 146th Air Wing. Then send these apostles to Congressional District Offices and local civic groups to brief what’s at stake for California if the NGREA and force structure funding withdrawals are implemented. Simultaneously, the NGAC works with CNG on broader Congressional audiences. Finally, we will be working with these chapters to submit resolutions at the 2020 NGAUS Conference in Boston to restore the NGREA and force structure into the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

To salt our influence, the NGAC is proposing to Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, adjutant general, California National Guard, that we court Defense Industry Representatives to come to California at our NGAC Conference this August for a face to face with the general, the 195th Air Wing Commander, Army Division Commander, and key CNG leaders on Baldwin’s priority list for briefing on the role C-130Js and HUMVEEs play in both our federal and state mission.  

As Jerry is known for joking, “if it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” But as we all know; the Minuteman Tradition is responding on a Minute’s notice. Imagine what the difference the California Minuteman, accustomed to responding on a minute’s notice, can do for his/her California National Guard, National Guards in all 54 states and territories, and the Total force with 24 hours out of their year–.3% of their time?

Volunteer for this fight to keep the California National Guard relevant by becoming a 24-hour minuteman volunteer. It’s arguably the last minute, but it’s the last minute that we get things done. For those wishing to follow Cross’ lead, and become involved in the imperative issues facing the CNG, please contact Membership Chairman LTC (Ret) Jerry Clements, at Membership@ngac.org.

4 comments

  1. You will not get the results you are looking for until you decentralize by having at least three chapters,….North, Central and South. Major commands can best organize chapters by having them as equal voting chapters that make policy by consensus rather than out of your head shed. You need to organize with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd VP in charge of each chapter with two out of three agreeing on procedural changes or additions/subtractions of policy.

    Your elections need to be revised to be done in compliance with “Roberts Rules of Order.” VOTING BY PROXIE SHOULD BE LIMITED TO TWO FOR ANY ONE MEMBER, AND OFFICERS ON THE BOARD SHOULD HAVE NONE. WHY???……a couple of the long time drivers have had numerous votes to use in any way they wanted, which causes them to be able to control the board. This is CORRUPTION at it’s best! Paying Lubey the $150K+ annually is corrupt also. I can send a copy of his 2011 contract to the world if that will help you get the idea.

    JJ

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    1. Careful CSM Jackson, you’re criminalizing people without attribution. These are allegations, not facts.

      Per your comment about getting the results we want and decentralizing, let me say this. Every journey begins with the first step. We’ve taken several steps that you know little about.

      Thanks, but no thanks, on your offer to provide documentation. We’re not interested in investigations and backbiting tactics that will bog down our journey. Bylaw revisions will come at the appropriate time.

      I respect your expertise, and reached to invite you to participate. But you rejected the offer. I’m okay with constructive criticism–it’s welcome. Gossip and hearsay doesn’t fit that category.

      You’re a good man CSM Jackson, but not the right kind of leader the NGAC needs at this time. Frankly, we’re looking for more energetic and optimistic leaders from the current generation who know how to get things done. No offense.

      We’re on a journey, fraught with risks, is uncomfortable, requiring leaders with nerve and who are bold.

      Sit back and enjoy the show–the future is uncertain, but adventurous. You’re a good man, but appear to lack the fortitude needed for this journey to succeed.

      For the record, I stand behind Jim Lubey and a “Couple of Long Time Drivers,” who kept the NGAC together when naysayers were spinning their wheels, saying a lot, but doing nothing. Stay Tuned.

      Thanks
      Stan.

      Thanks for reading.

      1. Stan, I am not making comments without rehtrebution or facts. I have facts! I refused to be a part of your group because it is still serving it’s full time masters that want to earn rediculous amounts of salary for doing what any good PSNCO could do at a much lower rate. Your elections are tainted, and the people who opt to serve do not carry through in any significant way. You know little about field soldiers because you have little experience in that arena. You take their insurance money but do little to support them except in social functions, and very few of those. As for action on the suicide rate in the Guard, you may find CA is already one of the leaders in working these issues and there is little you can give except lip service. Maybe the NGAC’s best efforts would be to convince the State to provide more SAD positions for mental healthe experts.

        Your administrative records are subject to review and examination by any member, of which I am one. I challenge you to make the current contract for Lubey public. I sent a 2011 contract signed by he and Kelly Fisher when she was President to severl General Officers. They could not belief that was happening. They do now becuase they could read a signed contract. Yes, you are right, I am the wrong person by age and knowledge of past and present wrongs. I know where the skeletons are. I wish the NGAC success whenever they start serving the soldiers and airmen of this state.

        By the way, you are the wrong person, in my view, to try and lead any organization because you have little direct experience to soldiering or the challenges they face. I would support all enlisted to withdraw from NGAC membership and let you run it on officers that apparently are not interested. The enlisted contribute most of the money for insurance that you thrive on. They would be far better off supporting their own organization,…CAL ENANGUS.

      2. We comply with lawful audits. Again, you assume and make presumptions especially about my experience. You wouldn’t know. I for one, find it unproductive to rehash old grievances. It’s both unfair and wrong to publically discuss details of an individual private contract –it denies them due process.

        We have traction for growing chapters and passing the torch to the next generation–regardless of whether they are officers or enlisted.

        Which puts the NGAC ahead of the power curve since the trend for association membership, including enlisted, has been a downward trend for the last few years. Perhaps prospective candidates are staying away because of old chickens henpecking at each other with past grievances like this?

        It’s time to move on CSM Jackson. You are better than this.

        Stan

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