The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) officially deemed Shippensburg University a Guard Friendly School.

PNGAS is a state-wide organization seeking to support and protect the interests of national guardsmen, their families, and veterans. PNGAS also carries significant influence in business and community groups, as well as in state government affairs.

Chuck Payne, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs and Nontraditional Students, participates in a monthly forum with PNGAS representatives and other institutions. After learning about the Guard Friendly initiative, he felt Ship easily met the qualifications and decided to submit an application on the school’s behalf.

Payne stated at receiving certification, “I am delighted that Shippensburg University has been designated as a Guard Friendly school, which is a noteworthy honor. This designation represents a further indicator of the university’s commitment to all veteran students and their families.”

Payne also mentioned only three other universities received the Guard Friendly designation last year. He therefore understood the certification would reap many benefits for Ship as an institution.

From a marketing standpoint, the certification develops an organization’s brand to receive special attention from the Guard community, along with other institutions and businesses across Pennsylvania.

Ultimately, becoming a Guard Friendly School means Shippensburg University is officially designated a place where Guardsmen are most welcomed and valued.