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NCNG-UNC Campuses to Partner PDF Print
Written by Lt. Col. Robert Carver   
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 06:17

Army Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, adjutant general of North Carolina, and Thomas W. Ross, president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina, signed a cooperative agreement at the new North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters here today formalizing the ongoing partnership between the Guard and The University of North Carolina in support of national defense. The agreement will promote and facilitate student internships, academic fellowships and collaborative research.    
"The U.S. military has long been central to the social and economic fabric of North Carolina," President Ross said Tuesday.  "This new partnership between the North Carolina National Guard and the University makes good common sense for the state since it will expand service-member access to the University and will facilitate greater collaboration in areas of mutual interest and importance."
Since 2001, more than 18,000 members of the North Carolina Army and Air National Guard have deployed in support of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Upon return, many of these members go on to receive higher education from one of the universities in the UNC system.  The North Carolina National Guard and the University hope to support service member transition into higher education.
"Today's partnership combines two of North Carolina's greatest strengths, our top-notch military and first class higher education institutions," said U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.  "By working together, this
strategic alliance will strengthen the capabilities of our state's National Guard while showcasing the UNC system's abilities to meet our military's emerging needs.  I was proud to support this historic collaboration, and I will continue to do all I can to promote continued cooperation between our state's defense, education and business communities."
"Our people are our greatest military resource," said Lusk who leads the nearly 12,000 men and women of the North Carolina National Guard.  "This partnership means we're better able to cultivate that critical resource for North Carolina by using the world-class capabilities of the UNC system."    
Since 1999, the North Carolina National Guard has maintained a persistent presence across the globe on multiple continents and has transformed from a strategic reserve to an operational military force able to reliably respond to the needs of North Carolina and the nation.
The core mission of the National Guard is to provide always ready, cost effective forces at an exceptional value to our state citizens and our nation.

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