Louisiana National Guard Officers,
Let me welcome you to our website and invite you to discover for yourself the excitement that is the National Guard Association of Louisiana (NGALA). Get to know our members and our association and you will realize what makes us the successful entity is that we are rich in history and rich in diversity.
I am proud to represent your Association as the new Chairman. As I begin my transition I can tell you the association is in a strong position administratively and financially. Together we will continue to make the association even stronger as we are committed to our members and our member’s families of the NGALA.
Our newly appointed Executive Council members are sharply focused on improving our execution of the association’s mission and we remain committed to the core values that have continued to make this organization a great success. Bottom line – we stand behind our members.
NGALA’s purpose is:
1. To promote and support adequate State and National security.
2. To encourage friendly, social relations among military officers and members of the Association by participating in activities of a logistical support or patriotic nature.
3. To foster, promote and improve the National Guard of the State of Louisiana and the National Guard of the United States as a component of the armed forces of the United States.
4. To promote such legislation, both Federal and State, as shall aid the National Guard of the State of Louisiana and of the United States.
5. To encourage growth and development of officers and warrant officers of the National Guard of the State of Louisiana and of the United States.
6. To assist disabled and needy war veterans through morale, welfare, and recreation support to the State of Louisiana War Veterans Homes.
7. To promote a group life insurance program for the welfare of the members of the Louisiana National Guard.
It is important that we continue to work these seven initiatives listed above. However, we must elevate a few of these initiatives to the top of our priority list.
Because of the resource constrained environment we are in and all the DOD downsizing that is taking place, our main focus needs to be increasing our member’s response to legislative alerts. NGALA and its members need to speak with one voice on important issues affecting our units, Soldiers, Airman, retirees, and families. Together, we can be the one source to work with members of congress, legislators, and other associations to take our voice to Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and the Veterans Administration to be heard.
Secondly, we need to increase our membership for 2017 for both NGALA and NGAUS. This includes our retirees. The Louisiana National Guard will begin its annual membership drive for 2017 soon; the success of our Association relies on our strength! When you become a member of NGALA, your dues provide essential funding for initiatives within the state. We need every member of our Association to register in order for Louisiana to maintain its 100% Membership. We need to discuss the benefits of being a life time member of these associations with our new retired officers and warrant officers of the LANG as well. We have had great success collecting payments due to the ease of credit card payment capabilities on the website. It is our hope that this upcoming year we’ll be even more successful. We ask that members try to keep check payments to a minimum. Check payments should be provided and tracked by your elected DRU Representatives. For members who wish to pay via credit card, log on and click Member Info on the right, and selecting rank and membership type.
Thirdly, we need to increase awareness and promote the State Group Life Insurance Program by conducting membership drives within the established guidelines to reach every Soldier and Airman in the LANG.
Lastly, we have done extremely well with sponsorships but the association needs to continue to reach out to those in the civilian business sector and ask both small and large corporations to become sponsors or corporate sponsors.
I feel privileged to head an organization as diverse as NGALA and I am proud of all of the Association’s accomplishments. I am confident that our Association will continue to be propelled by the energy and innovation of our new executive council with all its members participating in the process. I have no doubt we will deliver growth and superior results in the years ahead.
Thank you for visiting this website and enjoy the tour!
COL Kenny Donnelly