To the women and men of the Pennsylvania National Guard,
we thank you for your service overseas and here in Pennsylvania
during 2020, the year of COVID!

Your service to our Commonwealth and nation is great valued and appreciated!


Thank You!



Major General Anthony J. Carrelli








Major General Anthony J. Carrelli assumed duties as The Adjutant General of Pennsylvania on January 14, 2016, and was confirmed by the Senate of Pennsylvania as the 53rd Adjutant General of Pennsylvania on June 29, 2016. He was re-appointed for another term on January 15, 2019, and was confirmed by the Senate of Pennsylvania on April 30, 2019.


General Carrelli graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1985. He served in the active duty Air Force for several years as a T-37, AT-38, and A-10 pilot. Following his release from active duty, General Carrelli joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard where he served as commander of both the 111th Fighter Wing and the 171st Air Refueling Wing, and Deputy Adjutant General – Air, before assuming duties as The Adjutant General. General Carrelli has deployed in numerous operations to include Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. 


* Led Passage of the historic Military Family Education Program (MFEP)

* Increased Veterans Benefits Received by Pennsylvania Veterans

* Led Passage of the Keystone State Challenge Academy

* Led Passage of Senate Bill 952, modernizing the definition of "veteran" in Pennsylvania

* Led numerous efforts to increase funding, and secure legislation
to help members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and their families, and all veterans!



ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT


"We Recruit Guard Members, We Retain Families"


A memorable quote by Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, PA's Adjutant General and head of Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs that he frequently said during the historic passage of Act 32, The Military Family Education Program (MFEP),

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To Major General Anthony Carrelli:
May your retirement be filled with family-joy,
peace-filled moments, fun-reunions, and abundant happiness!


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Command Sgt. Major Buchanan Retires


The Pennsylvania National Guard’s Senior Enlisted Leader, an Altoona native, is retiring, leaving a legacy of putting troops and their families first, the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania said.


“Pennsylvania is big — we’re the third largest national guard in the nation,” said Major General Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general. “But even at this level, overseeing thousands of soldiers and airmen, Command Sgt. Major Harry “Jim” Buchanan would remind us it all really comes down to the faces of our troops and their families.”

After 41 years in the Pennsylvania National Guard, Buchanan is hanging up his beret and looking to a future out of uniform — although, reluctantly.

“If the military didn’t throw you out at 60 years old,” Buchanan’s wife, Tami, said, chuckling, “he’d still be there.”

Buchanan retired during a ceremony Nov. 13 at Fort Indiantown Gap. (reprinted by Altoona Mirror)


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Contribute to
Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
CODE 85752


Federal Employees and Retirees - You can contribute to the Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation (PNGF) via payroll deduction, through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by contacting your payroll office, or visiting https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/


Foundations, Corporations, and individuals can send a check to: PNG Foundation, c/o Biddle Hall, Building 1-109, Fort Indiantown Ga, Annville, PA 17003-5002.


The Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a registered charitable organization in Pennsylvania. Contributions may be deductible. Contact your CPA or a tax professional for further guidance. PNGAS and the Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation are independent non-profit organizations, not associated with or legally connected to the Pennsylvania National Guard, the US Military, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs or the state or federal government.

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PNGAS is hosting its
3rd PNGAS Virtual JOB Fair.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm,
January 27, 2021
PNGAS Virtual JOB Fair




Please share with other Guard members, veterans, spouses, students and friends.

You don't have to be in the military to use the PNGAS JOB Board
or participate in the Virtual JOB Fair.

Through sponsorships, the cost for JOB Seekers is FREE.

Thank you to our hosting sponsor, DeVry University!


Interested Employers contact PNGAS@PNGAS.org, asap.


Established by the PNGAS Business Action Council, chaired by Brig Gen. Wilbur Wolf, (Ret), the PNGAS JOB Board is designed to help members of the Guard, their spouses, their families and all veterans get good jobs.

It is important to note, that all Job Seekers, military and non-military, can immediately access 2,200 JOB postings across Pennsylvania
on the PNGAS JOB Board, 


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PNGAS SETS 2021 CONFERENCE
November 5th - 6th 2021
PNGAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Lancaster Convention Center

Questions & Inquiries: PNGAS@PNGAS.org

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The PNGAS Guard Friendly High Schools

Promoting the High Schools exceeding the standards
established for the designation, PNGAS Guard Friendly High School


(Fort Indiantown Gap - Annville, PA) The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) is pleased to announce the High Schools receiving the PNGAS Guard Friendly High School designation.

To optimize taxpayer funds and the positive impacts of these programs for recruitment and retention, PNGAS continues to collect, share and promote best practices among K-12, colleges, universities, trade, certification and training schools.  

Accordingly, the PNGAS Guard Friendly High School designation and logo are designed to showcase and promote the High Schools using a range of best practices for the recruitment and promotion of members and veterans of the Pennsylvania National Guard and their families. 

“With the successes of the PNGAS Guard Friendly School program, we want to spur the same synergies and best practices with High Schools. stated Kathleen Fabrizi, Executive Director, PNGAS. “Our PNGAS Education Action Council ("EAC") Chairman, George Schwartz, Brigadier General (Retired), US Army and the inspired leaders on the EAC are delivering great awareness, optics and collaboration for Higher Education and we are excited to share best practices with our High Schools. Thank you! We hope to recognize as many qualifying High Schools as possible with the PNGAS Guard-Friendly High Schools designation.”

The List:
High Schools earning the designation,
PNGAS Guard Friendly High School
as of December 15, 2020


Big Spring High School
Bucktail High School
Carbondale Area Jr-Sr HS
Central MontCo Technical High School
Central Mountain High School
Commonwealth Charter Academy Charter School
Conestoga Valley High School
Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School
Frankford High School
Governor Mifflin High School
Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
Halifax Area High School
Harry S Truman High School
Indiana County Technology Center
Lake-Lehman High School
Lebanon High School
Martin Luther King High School
Morrisville High School
Norristown Area High School
Owen J. Roberts High School
Parkland High School
Riverside High School
Phoenixville Area High School
Radnor High School
Red Lion Area Senior High School
Spring Grove Area High School
Steelton Highspire High School
The Philadelphia Military Academy
Valley Forge Military Academy
West Mifflin Area High School
West Scranton High School

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THE PNGAS GUARD-FRIENDLY SCHOOLS

Colleges, universities and trade schools meeting and exceeding the standards
established for the designation, PNGAS Guard Friendly School


(Fort Indiantown Gap - Annville, PA) – The PNGAS Guard-Friendly School standards were designed to recognize colleges, universities and trade schools which meet or exceed ten (10) baseline criteria that help create a supportive learning environment for members of the Pennsylvania Guard, their spouses, families and veterans in pursuing post-secondary degrees.
 
The active and participatory PNGAS Education Action Council is chaired by Brigadier General (Retired) George Schwartz. Through his leadership, volunteers from some of the state’s leading colleges and universities voluntarily review applications, guidelines and recommend approval decisions and improvement criteria for each applicant.
 
For many years, the Education Assistance Program (“EAP”) has been the number #1 recruiting tool for the Pennsylvania National Guard. Since its inception, Pennsylvania has distributed almost $300 Million through the EAP so Guard members can get college, university and trade school degrees. The EAP provides a tuition benefit equivalent to the yearly tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard can use EAP funds at one of 488 Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved schools. Presently, the EAP is roughly a $32,000 tuition benefit for each Guardsman.
 
With the July 2019 enactment of the Military Family Education Program (MFEP), there is a now a non-lapsing fund providing EAP-like tuition benefits to spouses and children of members of the Pennsylvania National Guard when a Guardsman re-enlists for another 6-year term too. Next year, the MFEP will be roughly a $32,000 tuition benefit for spouses and/or children of a Guard member that reenlists for 6-years.
 
“We are very confident the designation, PNGAS Guard-Friendly School, will keep producing immediate and long-term benefits and synergies for students, faculty, alumni, Guard-members, veterans, their spouses, families, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its economy,” Kathleen Fabrizi, Executive Director, PNGAS and Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation.
 
PNGAS is a non-profit organization, not associated with or legally connected to the Pennsylvania National Guard, the state or federal government, the US Military or the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
 
 
The List:
Colleges, Universities and Trade Schools
earning the designation,
PNGAS Guard Friendly School
as of December 15, 2020


Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Central Penn College
Clarion University
Community College of Allegheny County
DeSales University
DeVry University
Drexel University
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Grantham University
Gwynedd Mercy University
HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College
Immaculata University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Lebanon Valley College
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Montgomery County Community College
Moravian College
Muhlenberg College
Penn State University - School of Public Affairs (Harrisburg)
Penn State University (Abington)
Penn State University (Beaver)
Penn State University (Berks)
Penn State University (Greater Allegheny)
Penn State University- (Harrisburg)
Penn State University (Lehigh Valley)
Penn State University (Mont Alto)
Penn State University (Schuylkill)
Penn State University (Scranton)
Penn State University (University Park & World Campus)
Penn State University (York)
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Robert Morris University
Saint Joseph's University
Shippensburg University
Slippery Rock University
Troy University
University of Pennsylvania, College of Liberal and Professional Studies
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Valley Forge Military College
Villanova University



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PNGAS Veterans Action Council Leads Passage of
Senate Bill 952 (Regan), now Act 102 of 2020


The PNGAS Veterans Action Council, chaired by Brig. Gen. Jerry Otterbein (Ret.) led a coalition of dozens of veterans groups to help secure passage of Senate Bill 952, sponsored by State Senator Mike Regan.

Senate Bill 952 was landmark legislation championed by The Adjutant General, Anthony Carrelli

This historic legislation modernizes the definition of "veteran" in Pennsylvania. For the first time ever, the legislation not only expands the "veteran-definition" to Guard members that have completed their first 6-year enlistment, but also extends Pennsylvania veteran's preference laws to these veterans. The legislation also clarifies the transfer of veteran's preference to a surviving spouse and spouse of a disabled veteran.

This legislation was a priority of the 2020 PNGAS Legislative Agenda.

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Thank you,

Kathleen Fabrizi
Executive Director
The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations
The Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation
PNGAS@PNGAS.org

The PNGAS Legislative Agenda is sponsored by PHANTOM LIGHTS

PNGAS is pleased to recognize and thank two more major sponsors
of the PNGAS Mission, Guaranteed Rate and the Commonwealth Charter Academy

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THANK YOU
To our PNGAS Job Fair Sponsors:

Hosting Sponsor: DeVry University

PNGAS Job Board
PNC BANK
Lincoln Tech
Accelerate Mortgage
Averitt Express
California University of Pennsylvania
Geisinger
Shippensburg University
Troops to Teachers
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Pilot Company
University of Pennsylvania
Central Penn College
UNFI
Amazon
Diakon
PNC BANK
Geisinger Health Systems
Commonwealth Charter Academy
Trumbull
Great Wolf Lodge
Troops to Teachers
Shippensburg University
Lindy
Central Penn College
Lincoln Tech
PJ Dick
PA Army National Guard
PA Air National Guard,
Valley Forge Military College

DeVry University, Hosting Sponsor



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PNGAS RELEASES APPLICATION FOR GUARD-FRIENDLY EMPLOYERS

Employers are encouraged to apply
to be recognized as PNGAS Guard-Friendly Schools


 
Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (“PNGAS”) and its PNGAS Business Action Council (“BAC”), chaired by Brigadier General (Retired) Wilbur E. Wolf, III, are pleased to release the first-ever application for the PNGAS Guard-Friendly Employer designation. 

“We are very excited to release the application for PNGAS Guard Friendly Employers,” stated Kathleen Fabrizi, Executive Director, PNGAS. “Our PNGAS BAC Chairman, Wilbur E. Wolf, III, Brigadier General (Retired), US Army and many business leaders helped us develop a strong application to bring together the best practices used by Employers that hire members and veterans of the Guard and their families. Thank you! We hope to recognize as many Employers as possible with the PNGAS Guard-Friendly Employer designation.”

For several years, PNGAS has been promoting best practices used by colleges, universities, trade schools and certification programs to attract and retain members and veterans of the Guard in their degree and certification programs. The collection of these best practices led to a consensus decision to create a logo and designation called, “PNGAS Guard-Friendly Schools.” For designated schools, the certification serves as a beacon and star-rating that promotes the institution to members of the Guard, veterans, military spouses and families, as well as to state leaders, high school and college counselors, citizens and prospective recruits of the Guard. To date, 30 schools are designated PNGAS Guard Friendly Schools. https://pngas.org/mission/guard-friendly-schools.

There are no costs or fees for employers to apply and participate. The link to the application is https://pngas.org/mission/guard-friendly-employers.

Employers earning the designation PNGAS Guard Friendly Employer will be announced in August 2020, and officially recognized at the 2020 PNGAS Annual Conference, November 6-7 at the Lancaster Convention Center. 

Throughout the year, PNGAS will recognize, amplify, and promote PNGAS Guard-Friendly Employers and the extraordinary efforts so many employers make on behalf of the Guard, its members and the Commonwealth.

Upon receipt of each employer’s application, the Executive Director shall review the application for completeness. Every complete application shall be reviewed. A favorable application shall be forwarded to the PNGAS Board of Directors with a recommendation for approval. If an application is not favorable, the PNGAS BAC will send a letter stating the situations requiring improvement. An Employer can remedy the findings and resubmit an updated application within thirty (30) days for a timely 2nd review.


If you have questions or want the application in a different format, contact: PNGAS@PNGAS.org
 
The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (“PNGAS”) is the only organization solely dedicated to the 19,438 members and more than 67,000 veterans of the Pennsylvania National Guard, their spouses, and families. The PNGAS mission is to help ensure the Pennsylvania National Guard is fully funded, manned, equipped, and trained to perform their federal and state mission, and that members, veterans, spouses, and families have the benefits they have earned. 






Free Code to Post Jobs: "PNGAS2021Q1"

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GET INVOLVED

GIVE BACK

GAIN UNDERSTANDING
& HAPPINESS


PNGAS makes it easy to help.

PNGAS is advancing projects that need volunteers to help members and veterans of the Pennsylvania National Guard, their spouses and military families.

Help our service projects, Guard2Guard, Gifts4GuardKids, Cadet Day, and our annual conference.

Engaging with our Action Councils gets you immediately in the mix. All welcome!
Their monthly conference calls are the 2nd Monday of every month.


10:00 am, PNGAS Business Action Council, Brigadier General (Ret.) Wilbur E. Wolf, III

11:00 am, PNGAS Education Council, Brigadier General (Ret.) George M. Schwartz, Ed.D.

12 noon, PNGAS Veteran's Action Council, Brigadier General (Ret.) Jerry Otterbein, USAF


For more information: PNGAS@PNGAS.org



Sponsored by Commonwealth Charter Academy


Guard members can pick up 1-2 yard signs behind Biddle Hall.


The public can email PNGAS@PNGAS.org for details on securing PNGAS Yard Signs.

Support it: Click Here or Checks payable to:
PNG Foundation
c/o Biddle Hall
Building 1-109
Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002


The Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a registered charitable organization in Pennsylvania. Contributions may be deductible. Contact your CPA or a tax professional for further guidance.


PNGAS and the Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation are independent non-profit organizations, not associated with or legally connected to the Pennsylvania National Guard, the US Military, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs or the state or federal government

 
Contact Information:
Kathleen Fabrizi, Executive Director, PNGAS
Biddle Hall Building, 9-109
Fort Indiantown Gap
Annville, PA 17003-5002
Mobile; 215-514-5947,
Email: PNGAS@PNGAS.org

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at the University of Pennsylvania

Provides no cost, high-quality, integrated mental health care for veterans and military family members in an independent, private outpatient setting.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for military families and veterans, including those from the National Guard and Reserves, regardless of role or discharge status.

We are completely private. As part of the Cohen Veterans Network, we do not receive any funding from the VA or other federal entities.

Our services include personalized, evidence-based behavioral health care. Mental health service is available at no cost and with no long waits for veterans and their family members. We offer early morning and evening hours as well as transportation assistance and telehealth options in order to help military families to access the care they deserve.

Our team will ensure that confidential information will not be shared with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or other public, private, or government entities, unless required by law.

Phone: (844) 573-3146
Fax: (215) 898-0509




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The Grand Canyon University

EANGUS

American Hero’s Scholarship

GCU will provide a scholarship* for the enlisted person whose application and short essay best demonstrate a desire and need for educational and financial support toward finding your purpose.


If interested immediately
Contact Darin Pridham

Darin Pridham
University Development Counselor III
Military
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Grand Canyon University
717-562-4808 Cell


Refer someone to attend Grand Canyon University at 


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Family Readiness
Ready to Help All Members of the
Pennsylvania National Guard and their families


Mrs. Gina Childress
Pennsylvania National Guard           
Family Readiness Support


Family Readiness Newsletter Click Here
 
ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT


We Recruit Guard Members, We Retain Families



Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, PA's adjutant general and head of Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, on the historic passage of Act 32, The Military Family Education Program (MFEP).



Special thanks to the 2020 PNGAS Commonwealth Club Sponsors
that invest more than $2,500 into the PNGAS mission:

AFBA

Ryan's Roofing

Guaranteed Rate

Cisco

World Wide Technology

Commonwealth Charter Academy

Pocono Raceway

Phantom Lights

Texas Roadhouse

Techline Technologies, Inc.

Drexel University Online

Mack Defense, Inc.

USAA

Stanley Black & Decker

LiteFighter Systems, LLC

Robertson Fuel Systems

Boeing

R-n-R Promotions

University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences

Oshkosh Corp

Penn State Harrisburg

Central Penn College

UTS Systems

California University of PA

TRICARE

CBP.Gov U.S. Customs and Border

DripDrop ORS

General Atomics Aeronautical

McClarin Plastics

Grand Canyon University

Villanova University


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Camp Freedom
Camp Freedom is a non-profit
organization that conducts
outdoor adventures for disabled
Veterans, First Responders, their
family members, and Gold Star
families. Our adventures take
place on 1800 acres in Northeast
Pennsylvania where we hike,
bike, fish, hunt, ride UTV’s, do
watersports, conduct shooting
sports, and so much more. Our
adventures in the healing
outdoors are a breath of fresh air
for those who are struggling in
life whether it is physically or
mentally. We are healing heroes
with outdoor adventures.

Matt Guedes
Executive Director
970-986-0730
MattG@CampFreedomPA.org
Camp Location:
284 Number 7 Road
Carbondale, PA 18407
www.CampFreedomPA.org

WE ARE PNGAS

The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (“PNGAS”) is the only organization solely dedicated to the 19,438 members and more than 67,500 veterans of the Pennsylvania National Guard, their spouses, and families. The PNGAS mission is to help ensure the Pennsylvania National Guard is fully funded, manned, equipped, and trained to perform their federal and state mission, and that members, veterans, spouses, and families get the benefits they have earned.