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Feb. 17, 2017 // This Week’s Notebook: A Tragic Loss for the NATCA Family


Below, read the GoFundMe message from Houston TRACON FacRep Clay Matheny regarding the tragic loss of our NATCA brother, Damarcus McCarty. If you are able, consider donating to assist his family with expenses during this difficult time.

For those of you that knew Damarcus, you know that he was a fighter. He fought his illness to the very end. While he was fighting, he continued to stay positive and always had that big, contagious smile.

Unfortunately, Damarcus succumbed to his cancer on Monday, February 13, 2017. Damarcus leaves behind his wife, Danyelle, and two children, Daylan, 12, and Dominic, 6. Damarcus will be missed by all who knew him.

Damarcus was an air traffic controller in the Federal Aviation Administration. He worked at Houston TRACON at the time of his death. He previously worked for Jackson, Miss. ATCT, West Palm Beach ATCT, Orlando ATCT, and Central Florida TRACON. He was an outstanding son, husband, father, and NATCA brother.

We started this campaign to help his family during this difficult time. We can never bring Damarcus back, but we can help them not stress about money. Please help Danyelle and her family by donating in memory of Damarcus McCarty (DM).

Rest in Peace, my brother.
Clay Matheny

NATCA lunch to go BagStore Item of the Week: Lunch “To-Go” Bag
Features: The lunch “to-go” bag is perfect for someone with a very busy schedule who wants to pack a healthy lunch for the day! It is insulated and will keep food cooler longer. The NATCA logo is imprinted on the front.

Dimensions: 4.5” x 9.5” x 6.75”
Price: $5.95
Made in the U.S.A.

To see the item and how to order: Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. Reminder: Apparel items take three to four weeks to deliver from date of order. If you need items by a certain date, please contact NATCA Store customer service for arrangements. Expedited shipping charges may apply.

To check on stock availability or for further assistance, call 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

NATCA Portal

Member Portal
Have you moved recently and need to update your mailing address? No problem! Simply log in at the Member Portal and update your contact information. Those registering for the first time must have your NATCA member number ready as it is needed when you register. Please also include or update your email address so we can send you NATCA updates like the NATCA Insider or other important announcements. For further assistance, contact Customer Service at 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

Penn State Worl Campus

Benefits Spotlight: Penn State
Would you or someone in your family like to pursue a college degree? The Penn State World Campus/NATCA alliance provides our members and their spouses, domestic partners, and children with in-state tuition rates, a five percent (5%) tuition discount and even college credit for completion of a certified NATCA Academy course(s). Your participating family member will receive all the same benefits as our members in this program. You can earn your degree or certificate online when you choose from more than 125 online programs at http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates.

Penn State is also a top military-friendly university. Learn how you can benefit from services exclusively for service members and veteran students also at https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/military.

For more information on obtaining your college degree visit http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/b2b/natca or https://www.natca.org/index.php/penn-state-world-campus or contact the Benefits Committee at [email protected].

Another great education benefit for NATCA members is the NATCA Education Reimbursement Fund that can assist in getting your degree from Penn State. SRF-14 NATCA Education Reimbursement Fund is established for the purpose of assisting active members in good standing to obtain a Bachelor of Labor Studies degree or ANY other educational course or certificate as deemed appropriate and approved by the National Executive Board from any NATCA-approved institution or program not to exceed $50,000 per year. Upon completion of the course or program, members may apply for a portion of the fund, not to exceed $2,500 per calendar year.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided By 4 Square:


Thank you for your interest in attending a NATCA Retirement Seminar by 4Square Financial Literacy Partners. Each locale hosting a seminar will hold both a standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service from 3 – 9 p.m. local time, and a Career Optimization and Retirement Education (CORE) Seminar for members with fewer than 15 years of service from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. local time.

To register for a seminar, log in to the NATCA Portal and click the “Events” tab, followed by “2017 Retirement Seminars.” Complete the requested information and click “Next.” When you come to the screen listing the seminars, select the one you wish to attend, hit “Next,” verify your requested seminar information and then click “Done.”

You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete. A second email will be sent three weeks prior to the seminar with logistical information for the seminar along with instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar. You may access the benefits data collection form on the confirmation page once you register.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

Although you may register anytime, we ask that you register three weeks prior to the event. Walk-ins are permitted with a membership ID number. However, you will be unable to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: 202-220-9829, [email protected].

NATCA EDGE – Designed exclusively for NATCA members!


Can’t get to an in-person retirement seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you! Presenting an all-new, flexible access, web-based session of our popular retirement benefits seminar. Log in to the NATCA Portal to register.

Oklahoma City Meet & Greet Dates: 2017 Schedule


NATCA leadership makes it a priority to educate ATC Academy Students about NATCA and their rights as part of the future air traffic controller workforce. NATCA will host a lunch meeting in Oklahoma City at 12:30 p.m. local time and a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. local time for each date listed below in Oklahoma City. Check back in the Insider for more details as each date approaches.


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