2021 Annual Appeal


Dear Friends of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, 


            As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us look forward to everything the holiday brings.  It’s a chance to gather with friends and family, make memories, and give thanks around the table. 

   But this year, Thanksgiving will feel very different for some of our Connecticut National Guard service members and families.  

             For many of our members, financial hardship means their tables will be bare.  They are not looking forward to the holiday; they are wondering if they will have the money to feed their family or pay their mortgage or rent.  

             That is why I hope you will continue to help our service members and their families with a gift to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc.  When you do, you are making a difference in the lives of our soldiers and airman, like “Tom”.  

            “Tom” was a deployed service member and father of two children.  While deployed, his family lost everything due to a massive house fire.   Fortunately, no one was injured, but all they escaped with were the clothes they were wearing.  But because of the generosity of donors like you, the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, was able to immediately give them a check, along with gift cards, to help them survive the first few days after their devastating loss.  

            I am happy to report that “Tom” and his family are doing better.  They have found temporary housing, neighbors and the local community provided assistance, the children are back in school, and the family is regaining stability in their lives.   

            You can feel proud, knowing that your contributions to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, made it possible for us to give “Tom” and his family the immediate financial assistance they needed in those critical first hours after the fire.  

            I hope you will continue your support of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc by making a tax-deductible donation during this year’s annual appeal.  I know there are many worthy charities, and I want to thank you for continuing to support us, and the service members and families we support. 

            Every year is different, not knowing how many of our service members and families are struggling, or how many requests for assistance we will receive.  These past two years have been especially challenging, with the COVID-19 pandemic and increased deployments.  Our Connecticut guardsman are not immune from these influences, and last year we awarded close to $60,000 in grants.  

             In addition to our grants, I am happy to report that the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc awarded $22,000 in scholarships for the current 2021 – 2022 academic year.    These scholarships went to our service members, their spouses and/or children, helping them achieve their educational goals.   Just another example of how your continued support allows us to serve our constituents.   

            In order for us to assist these families, we need your help.  Our hope is to continue to support our Guard family as long as the need exists, but we cannot do it alone.  We need your help.  Won’t you please consider making a donation to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc?  You can donate by check or credit card, using the enclosed reply card and envelope, or by going to our website at www.ctngfi.org and clicking on the donate button.   

            With your gift today, no matter how large or small, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your donation will help those most in need.   

            This is the season for giving thanks ... and in that spirit, thank you for all you do for our Foundation.   Please send your most generous gift today.




Christopher Mackenzie

Chief Warrant Officer Four (Retired) 






Scholarships awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation Inc Announces 

Scholarship Recipients for 2020 – 2021 Academic Year

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc is pleased to announce it has awarded scholarships to the following recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year.

AYOTTE, Phillip:  Phillip is the son of MSgt(Ret) Gary E. Ayotte, formerly 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron, CTANG.  He lives in South Windsor, CT and is a 2020 graduate of South Windsor High School.  He plans to further his education by attending the University of Connecticut, Storrs CT, as a freshman this September.

MOFFAT, Paige:  Paige is the daughter of SFC Reisha Moffat, Det 1, CTARNG Recruiting and Retention Battalion.  Paige lives in Middlebury, CT and is a 2019 graduate of The Gunnery School, Washington, CT.  This Fall, Paige is returning to the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, pursuing a degree in International and Chinese Studies.     

NOLAN, Kaitlyn: Kaitlyn is the daughter of MAJ(Ret) Brian J. Nolan, formerly DET 6, 1st Battalion 85th Troop Command, CTARNG.  She lives in Wallingford, CT and is a 2020 graduate of Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford, CT, graduating in the top 5% of her class.  She plans to further her education by attending Fairfield University as a freshman, focusing on obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  

REYNOLDS, Caitlin:   Caitlin is the daughter of SMSgt James Reynolds, 103d Airlift Wing, CTANG.  She lives in Willington, CT and is a 2019 graduate of Edwin O. Smith High School.   She is currently attending Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing.

STRONG, Tyler:   Tyler is the son of LTC Christopher Strong, HHD 1st Battalion 169th Leadership Regiment, CTARNG.  He lives in Southington, CT and is a 2019 graduate of Southington High School, Southington CT.  This Fall, Tyler will be returning to the University of Connecticut, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

SGT Felix M. Del Greco, Jr Memorial Scholarship

SHETLAND, Caitlyn:  Caitlyn is this year’s recipient of the SGT Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.  She is the daughter of CPT Andrew Shetland, HHD, 1109th TASMG, CTARNG.  She lives in Griswold, CT and is a 2019 graduate of Griswold High School.   She returns to the University of Connecticut working on a pre-med track as a Molecular and Cell Biology Major, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.   Caitlyn is a repeat recipient of this scholarship, having also received it during the 2019-2020 academic year.