May 19, 2013
7:23 pm US/Central
Sun - Strong Storms, High: 89
Mon - Scattered Strong Storms, High: 86
Sioux Falls, SD
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Welcome to the National Guard Association of Oklahoma
The National Guard Association of Oklahoma (NGAOK) is one of the premier associations in the National Guard. We are a combined Association with officers and enlisted sharing in the journey for all Soldiers and Airmen across the great State of Oklahoma.
We are dedicated to promoting the status, welfare and professionalism of officer and enlisted members of the Army and Air National Guard by supporting legislation that provides adequate staffing, pay benefits, entitlements, equipment and installations for the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard.
The purpose of the Association:
- To promote and support adequate State and National security
- To foster and work to improve the National Guard of Oklahoma and the National Guard of the United States as a component of the total Armed Forces of the United States
- To promote a sense of comradeship and esprit de corps among all guardsmen
- To develop and present, to all citizens of Oklahoma, true information and knowledge about the Army and Air National Guard
I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your President for the next year. We have a lot of plans for the next year to grow our organization and expand our membership. In order for us to grow our membership we must become relevant in our legislative efforts and present a reason for people to join. We cannot continue to depend on people joining because it is the right thing to do. We have to become proactive on legislative issues, expand our activities, and listen to our members.
My major goal for this year is to have a National Guard Association of Oklahoma Legislative Day at the Capital. We need to visit with our elected officials and let them know that we represent 10,000 National Guard members. It would be great if we had a least one
constituent visit each State Senator and State Representative. We are one of the few organizations that have members in every corner of this State. This will mean you will have to volunteer and take the time to participate. One person can make a difference. Are you going to be that person?
Send me your comments, gripes, recommendations and ideas. I look forward to next year and am honored to serve.
MAJ Paul Harris, NGAOK President
NGAOK Meeting Dates
The next NGAOK Board Meeting has been scheduled for May 9, 2013, 5:30 pm at the Centennial House.
NGAOK Corporate Sponsor Spotlight
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determine if they live in an affected Prime service area. Those who wish to remain with TRICARE Prime may be able to re-enroll in TRICARE Prime by waiving their drive time standards. You will have to drive farther to get care and may find it more difficult to see your primary care manager (PCM). Seeing other doctors without a referral from your PCM could result in higher costs. Visit the TRICARE website to learn more. For more on all TRICARE programs, visit Military.com's TRICARE section.