2023 Annual Appeal


Dear Friends of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc,

Last year the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc (CTNGFI), provided direct financial assistance to sixty-seven service members, families and Family Readiness Groups, totaling $77,551.00. Additionally, $20,500.00 in scholarships was awarded to Connecticut National Guard service members and family members. 

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc. I wonder if the founding members of the CTNGFI thought that so many service members and families would still need financial help, twenty years after its founding. But the need does still exist!

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that these times of crippling inflation and economic turmoil have been an incredibly difficult time for all of us. 

But for those who are unemployed, or barely earning minimum wage, they are suffering more than others. Unfortunately, service members and families of the Connecticut National Guard, are among those suffering. 

Today, I am writing to you with a simple yet heartfelt plea. Will you step forward to help our service members and families during this especially dangerous and trying time by sending a charitable donation to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc?

Your gift will make a real and practical difference in lifting up service members and their families, who are suffering. Your gift to our general fund will be used to help support our members suffering with such needs as weekly care and emergency relief, food assistance, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, home health care, medical expenses and funeral expenses.

Any one of us could find ourselves needing the support of friends and neighbors if life takes a sudden turn. Together, we can lift up our struggling service members and their families, and give them the hope and help they need. 

Yes, it is truly amazing the difference you can make today. By reaching out with your charitable donation, you will be supporting our mission of providing financial hands-on solutions to our struggling service members and their families. 

But direct financial assistance is not all that your donation will support. Operation ELF, Adopt-a-Military Family, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and Post Secondary Scholarships are also funded by your generous donations. These vital programs provide relief and happiness to military families who may be struggling with the pain of deployment separation, loss of employment and income, or how to pay for the escalating costs of higher education. 

Your donation, no matter how large or small, could be the lifeline to our military families and service members who have no where else to turn. Please make this special difference – a life-sustaining difference for many – by sending your contribution today to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc. 

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. Contributions can be made by check, credit card, PayPal, and now Venmo. You can donate by check or credit card, by using the enclosed reply card and envelope, or for PayPal by going to our website at www.ctngfi.org and clicking on the “how to help tab” and then the donate button. To donate by Venmo use our account name: @ctngfi. If you are using Venmo, please be sure to provide your name, address and/or email and cell number for proper acknowledgement of your donation. 

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 2022-2023 academic year.

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation Inc Announces  

Scholarship Recipients for 2022 – 2023 Academic Year

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc is pleased to announce it has awarded scholarships to the following recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year.

BLUM, Amie:  Amie is a member of the JFHQ, enlisting in the CTARNG in February, 2004, soon after graduating high school.  She lives in Middletown, CT and is a full-time CTNG employee at the Human Resources Office.  She is a 2014 graduate of the University of New Haven, earning a BS degree in Criminal Justice.  She is furthering her education by attending the University of Connecticut, School of Business Human Resource Management Graduate Program. 

DOUGALL, Treasa:  Treasa is the daughter of LTC Nathan Dougall, HHC 143d CSSB, CTARNG.  Treasa lives in Easton, CT and is a 2020 graduate of Joel Barlow High School.  Treasa is returning to Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a minor in psychology.  Her ultimate goal is to attend medical school and become a pediatrician.  

MOFFAT, Paige:  Paige is the daughter of SFC(Retired) Reisha Moffat, CTARNG.  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, maintaining a grade-point average of 3.88 out of 4.0, placing her in the top 5% of Holy Cross students.  She is pursuing a degree in International and Chinese Studies.     

RODEN, Caleb:  Caleb is the son of COL Joseph Roden, JFHQ, CTARNG.  He lives in Southbury, CT and is a 2022 graduate of Holy Cross High School.   He will be attending Western New England University, Springfield, MA pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, with his ultimate goal of achieving a Master’s of Science degree.   

TROUERN-TREND, Stefanie:   Stefanie is a member of the CTARNG Med Det, and a former Senior Flight Paramedic, with the 1-169th Aviation Battalion, CTARNG.   Stephanie is a 2022 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Stefanie is currently enrolled at the Quinnipiac School of Law.  


SGT Felix M. Del Greco, Jr Memorial Scholarship(s)

The purpose of the SGT Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Scholarship is to honor his memory by awarding annual scholarship(s) to children of Connecticut Army National Guard members who are attending an accredited undergraduate degree program.  

JENNINGS, Devyn:   Devyn is the daughter of SFC Stefanie Trouern-Trend, Med Det, CTARNG.  Devyn is attending the University of Vermont.

THOMPSON, Samantha:   Samantha is the daughter of COL Paul Thompson, JFHQ, CTARNG.  Samantha is attending Northeastern University.