Published: 02 May 2017
Promote and Support
State Sponsored Life Insurance
The National Guard Association of California is pleased to announce that effective 1 May 2017, the State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) benefit is underwritten by the AFBA / 5Star Life.
The Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA) and its affiliate, 5Star Life Insurance Company, announced today it has been selected by the National Guard Association of California (NGAC) as the provider of its State Sponsored Life Insurance program effective May 1, 2017.
General Ralph E. “Ed” Eberhart, USAF (Ret.). AFBA Chairman and President stated, “This affiliation with NGAC underscores our unwavering commitment to serve the men and women serving this great nation. It is a great honor and responsibility we do not take lightly. AFBA and 5Star Life are governed by boards of directors comprised of retired senior officers and non-commissioned officers, including those from the National Guard, so we understand the needs of the military member and family.”
Mark Singleton, President, 5Star Life, concurs, adding, “We are extremely pleased to be selected by National Guard Association of California. As the “AFBA has demonstrated a strong commitment to doing what is 'right' for those who serve this great nation. Their product is the strongest and most beneficial to the Guard members and their families. We look forward to this partnership and continued growth.”
leading provider of life insurance benefits in the National Guard market in 38 states and territories, we are glad to be able to offer NGAC members our outstanding combination of benefits, rates, briefing capability, and service expertise.”
In the National Guard market, AFBA and 5Star Life currently have more than 140,000 active insureds representing $14B of life insurance in force in 38 states and territories. Products designed with our target market in mind, they feature no exclusions for combat, terrorism, occupation or geography; emergency death benefit within 24 hours of notification; and a scholarship up to $40,000 for the families of those killed in combat. These unique features, along with our philosophy to always do right by the member, set AFBA / 5Star Life apart in the market.
NGAC President John N. Haramalis stated, “Both AFBA and NGAC share a common legacy and mission of promoting the welfare of their members, and they recognize that the soldiers and airmen of the National Guard deserve the best life insurance program available. Their product is the strongest and most beneficial to Guard members and their families. We look forward to this partnership and continued growth.
The NGAC Scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance on a merit-based, competitive basis to members of NGAC and their qualified dependents to assist in meeting the costs of higher education and vocational-technical training.
NGAC was founded in 1966 with a goal (in part) to work with the state legislature to better equip and care for the stat’s military. Today, our mission remains the same. However, our role has expanded and evolved as the Guard has grown from a hometown militia to an operational reserve that serves as a homeland force and in overseas operations. NGAC works to transform our members' ideas into legislative action and provide Guard members a unified representation regarding the association’s legislative priorities
Family Support Activities:
The NGAC Family Program is here to support the Airman, and Soldier, of the California National Guard. We are here to support units, families, veterans, and friends. With the ever-changing face and duties of the National Guard, it is imperative to look to the future of Family Programs while remaining flexible in the present. Our goal is to support you along your journey, especially as a family member of the National Guard in any and every way. Without you, the family member, standing by your military member, a successful National Guard does not exist. Your success and self-reliance are our motivators; we strive to support and educate in every way possible.
The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) is organized in the fifty-five states, territories, and National Capitol area. Its objective is to further the interests of enlisted personnel of the Army and the Air National Guard through the legislative process and to administer the support services necessary to carry out that objective.
Golden Gate University Veterans Legal Advocacy Center:
GGU Law's Veterans Legal Advocacy Center seeks to open the profession to more of our distinguished veterans and to collaborate with outside agencies to offer programs that serve our students and support the growing legal needs of the broader veteran community.
Camp Roberts Soldier's Bowl:
The Soldier Bowl, Camp Roberts’ huge outdoor amphitheater, was officially completed on August 30, 1941 according to building records, at a cost of $6,730.00. It included a Spanish Mission-style façade backdrop with adjoining entrance wings, dressing rooms and toilets. An historic iron mission bell from the Mission San Miguel de Archangel in San Miguel was given to Camp Roberts and installed in the bell tower—the highest point of the entire structure. The giant hillside bowl was dedicated and officially presented to the “men of Camp Roberts” with a sparkling under-the-stars pageant on Friday evening, September 12th, 1941,
Work for Warriors:
Work for Warriors (WFW) is a State and Federally funded Free Direct Placement Program within California. The intent of the employment initiative branded “Work for Warriors” is aimed at reducing the unemployment rate among California Service Members (SMs) in the Guard and Reserve by directly placing them into gainful fulltime employment. WFW is open to all currently serving National Guard and DoD Reserve personnel, Post 9/11Veterans, as well as Spouses and Gold Star Families.
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America - Hawley Veterans Services Center is a transitional housing program for homeless Veterans with mental health diagnoses. This transitional housing program extends 20 beds to single male veterans who are homeless with disabilities. Veterans can reside in the program for up to two years and through personal goal setting and case management, can begin to work towards increasing skills and income for their successful transition to self-reliance. The program is funded in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other public and private sources
Soldier and Airman of the Year
The annual "Best Warrior" competition is part of the United States Army's Best Warrior program. Soldiers compete in two categories: the "Soldier of the Year" for E-4 and below and "Non-commissioned Officer of the Year" for E-5 and up. Winners from California compete in the National Guard regional competition in hopes of representing the entire U.S. National Guard in competition against winner from across the Army.
Airmen are selected based on superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements. The Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon is awarded to enlisted members of the U.S. Air Force The Outstanding Airman of the Year program recognizes enlisted members from a cross section of Air Force Career fields. Nominated personnel compete in one of three categories Airman, Non-commissioned Officer, and Senior Non-commissioned Officer. Nominations are based only on the member's performance and achievement for the prior calendar year.
NGAUS Awards Program The NGAUS Awards Program recognizes outstanding National Guard men and women, as well as individuals and organizations outside of the Guard, who have made significant efforts to help advance NGAUS and its mission. You play an important role in helping us identify and honor deserving people through our nomination process.