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Cooper Appoints Adjutant General Of NC National Guard PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 07:10
NC Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Todd Hunt will take command of the North Carolina National Guard's nearly 12,000 soldiers and airmen and over 1,700 full-time federal and state employees as the state's 41st Adjutant General.
“General Hunt has been a trusted member of the leadership team and critical to the Guard’s success, particularly during natural disasters,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “I am confident that his reputation for preparation and swift response will mean the N.C. National Guard is always ready when called.” 
An official Change of Command ceremony will follow in the coming weeks. General Hunt will replace Major General Gregory Lusk.
“I wish to thank Major General Lusk for his nearly nine years of service through numerous types of disasters, offering steady advice to three Governors,” added Governor Cooper.
“Brigadier General Hunt is a proven professional and leader,” Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks added. “He cares deeply about our soldiers and airmen, North Carolinians and the country. His skills and broad experience will without a doubt serve the Guard and the public well, as he builds on the solid foundation already in place.”   
 “Governor Cooper has selected the right leader to lead the NC National Guard Always Ready - Ready Team of Citizen soldiers and airmen into the future. BG Hunt is a consummate, professional Soldier with a breadth and depth of experience in domestic and international operations,” said Major General Gregory Lusk. His abilities to foster and strengthen partnerships around the state and nation is unmatched. I am proud of Governor Cooper’s selection and wish to extend my personal, heartfelt congratulations to Todd and his equally serving family on this well-deserved appointment.”
Since Oct. 1, 2016, Brig. Gen. Todd Hunt’s assignment was as the Director of Joint Staff and Assistant Adjutant General for Maneuver. In this capacity he managed day-to-day operations of the Joint Staff, State Operations, and combat arms maneuver units. Hunt is also the Deputy Commanding General - Army National Guard for U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence located at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Hunt received his commission in 1987 through the Army ROTC Department at East Carolina University where he also earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology and a minor in Military Science. Hunt commissioned as an aviation officer, completing initial rotary-wing aviation training at Fort Rucker, in 1990.
Hunt has commanded NC Army National Guard aviation units at all levels, serving in multiple leadership and staff roles within the Aviation Branch and Joint Force Headquarters. He has deployed twice overseas.
He holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and is a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate Program for Executives in Homeland Defense and Security. He resides in Cary with his wife Kim and they have two sons. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 07:12
Cooper Signs Hurricane Relief Bill Into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 05:51
Governor Cooper signed the following bills into law: 
Senate Bill 61: Community Colleges Budget/ 2019-2021 Biennium
Senate Bill 579: Prison Reform Act of 2019
Senate Bill 312: Relief to Ocracoke School/ Hurricane Dorian
House Bill 399: Extend Tax Credits/ Other Finance Changes
Gov. Cooper shared the following comment on Senate Bill 312:
"The people of Ocracoke are working hard to recover, and we’re committed to getting them and other storm survivors the help they need. As we work to provide WiFi and other resources to Ocracoke School, SB 312 is an important step to get the school back on track."
General Assembly Claims It Passed 98.5% Of Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 05:27


Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina General Assembly has passed funding that totals 98.5% of the original $24.0065 billion it passed in June. 


The following items are fully funded in the enacted state budget, which comprises multiple "mini budget" bills as well as the base budget the legislature voted to pass yesterday:


Correctional facility employee raises;

State employee raises;

State highway patrol raises;
SBI/ALE employee raises;
Rape kit backlog;
School safety funding;
Prison safety funding;
Raise the Age funding;
Community colleges budget;
Information Technology budget;
Disaster recovery for Hurricane Dorian;
Teacher pay raises;
Funding to combat absentee ballot fraud;
Technical state agency budget needs.
The total general fund appropriations for the combined enacted budget is $23.62 billion (excluding approximately $700 million in debt service).
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, "It took a little longer than usual, but the Senate's business has concluded. The final enacted budget, which includes the 'mini budget' bills, totals 98.5% of the original budget.
Senator Berger continued, "I'd like to commend the Senate for a largely bipartisan consensus on some of the major issues this session, including nearly all of the 'mini budgets,' the Combat Absentee Ballot Fraud Act, and criminal justice reform."
Below are just a few examples of major initiatives the Senate addressed in a bipartisan fashion:
Historic criminal justice reform;
Legislation intended to ensure the absentee ballot fraud that took place in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District can never happen again;
Association Health Plans that will benefit up to 110,000 North Carolinians. 
Tillis Praises Fort Bragg Medal of Honor Sergeant PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 November 2019 05:21
Senator Thom Tillis issued the following statement after attending the White House Medal of Honor ceremony for North Carolina resident U.S. Army Master Sergeant (MSG) Matthew O. Williams: 
“I was honored to attend the Medal of Honor Ceremony for Master Sergeant Matthew Williams. His heroism during his unit’s six-hour battle in Afghanistan against an estimated 200 enemy fighters is the epitome of bravery. Under attack from enemy fighters using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, he fearlessly rescued his fellow soldiers while taking on fire for over an hour. I join our Fort Bragg community and fellow North Carolinians in congratulating Master Sergeant Williams on receiving our nation’s highest honor for combat valor for his selfless sacrifice on behalf of the United States.”
Background from the Department of Defense:
On April 6, 2008, then-Sgt. Williams was on his first deployment with several other Special Forces operators for Operation Commando Wrath, a mission to capture or kill high-value targets in Afghanistan's Shok Valley. 
His team and about 100 Afghan commandos were dropped into the mountainous area by helicopter. As the leading edge of the group began moving up a jagged mountainside, insurgents started attacking from above.
The part of the group under attack, which included the ground commander, was trapped. Meanwhile, Williams and the rest of the team had trailed behind at the bottom of the mountain, and they were forced to take cover while trying to fight back. 
When Williams got word that some in the  group ahead of him were injured and close to being overrun, he gathered several of the commandos. 
He led them across a 100-meter valley of ice-covered boulders and through a fast-moving, waist-deep river on a rescue mission up the mountain. When they got to the forward group, the Afghan forces kept the insurgents at bay while the Americans figured out their next move. 
As they were setting up, another soldier was hit by sniper fire. Williams braved the enemy onslaught to give him first aid, get him on his feet, and help him climb down the mountain. 
Williams then fought his way back up to the top to bring the rest of the endangered men down. 
It was a near-vertical, 60-foot mountain.
When Williams and others made it back to the top, he killed several insurgents and helped get communications back up and running. Then, still under fire, he went back to moving the wounded men down the mountainside to a little house they were using as their casualty collection point. 
But they still weren't safe; insurgents were threatening that position, too. So, over the next several hours, Williams led the Afghan commandos on another counterattack against more than 200 insurgents, keeping the enemy at bay until helicopters were able to fly in and evacuate the wounded. 
Williams helped load the wounded men into the helicopters, then continued to direct fire to quell the enemy attack. That gave the rescue patrol time to move out without any further casualties. 
…The family lives at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Williams continues his role in the Special Forces. He said he’s hoping to keep that up, even with the notoriety that comes with being a Medal of Honor recipient. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 November 2019 05:24

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