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Charleston to Welcome National Guard

In 2010, the West Virginia National Guard

  • Deployed more than 1,000 soldiers and airmen for ongoing military operations around the world.
  • Answered the call at home when severe flooding, heavy snowfall and other emergencies crippled parts of our state.
  • Contributed more than $410 million in salaries, goods and services, construction and education to West Virginia’s economy.
  • Supported numerous businesses and institutions in our state and local economy through outsourcing of construction jobs, equipment and vehicle repairs, education benefits and $21 million in federal investment.

We want to show our appreciation.

The Charleston Area Alliance is proud to welcome the National Conference for the United States National Guard Enlisted Association to Charleston in August. The National Guard is important to West Virginia and our nation, and the 130th Air National Guard at Yeager Airport is a critical part of the Charleston regional economy. 

The conference, titled “Almost Heaven 2011, West Virginia,” is scheduled for Aug. 13 to 17.

The National Guard enlisted Association is made up of volunteers from the Army and Air National Guard members, as well as family, friends and anyone who supports the military community. These volunteers have answered the state’s call to duty more than 80 times over the past 15 years, helping during disasters caused by flooding, snow or fire. They have participated in several deployments overseas and at home.

The private, non-profit association is the legislative voice of soldiers, airmen, retirees and their families, educating lawmakers about their needs and most pressing issues. In addition, it provides monetary grants during times of need and offers scholarship opportunities.

We know our community will welcome the as we thank them for their ongoing service.

The Charleston Area Alliance has long supported the National Guard and the Air National Guard, specifically during the BRAC timetable, which could have eliminated the 130th footprint at Yeager Airport, and through the ongoing efforts of the Alliance partnership with ESGR.

The Alliance sends a heartfelt thanks to the association for choosing Charleston.

To learn how to show support by sponsoring various activities during the conference, visit www.eangwv.org or www.eangus.org.

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