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N.D. National Guard Soldiers Complete Border Mission

familiesBISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) is redeploying from its year-long role in support of the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) mission along the southwest border. Today about 70 of the 120 Soldiers on the mission were welcomed home via charter flight at the Bismarck Airport. 

Under the direction of U.S. Northern Command and Joint Task Force North, the 957th Engineer Company’s mission was to assist the CBP by providing detection and surveillance support.

“The highly trained members of the 957th Engineer Company served with courage, skill and professionalism as they supported efforts to secure the southwest border, and we are deeply grateful for their service and their safe return,” said Gov. Doug Burgum, commander-in-chief of the North Dakota National Guard. “The North Dakota National Guard continues to play a critical role in border security, working to address illegal immigration, stop drug and human trafficking and ensure the safe and efficient flow of goods and services for the benefit of all Americans.” 


N.D. National Guard to Honor Change in Enlisted Leaders

Command Sergeants MajorBISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard will honor three senior non-commissioned officers while observing changes in leadership on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck. The public and media are invited.

At 11 a.m. Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard, will preside over a change of responsibility ceremony for the Guard’s senior enlisted leader (SEL) position. Relinquishing duties is Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock who’s served in the position since January 2019. Assuming these duties is Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Magnuson who will become the North Dakota National Guard’s fifth SEL.

Later that day at 2 p.m., Brig. Gen. Jon Erickson, commander, N.D. Army National Guard, will preside over a second change of responsibility ceremony in which Binstock will assume the duties of the state command sergeant major (SCSM) from Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck. Heck, the 11th SCSM, who has served in this full-time position since December 2019, will be recognized at a retirement ceremony at 3 p.m.

The change of responsibility ceremonies will be livestreamed from the North Dakota National Guard’s homepage.


Memorandum of Agreement Signing for Establishing North Dakota Military Museum

BISMARCK, N.D. — The State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) will host a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing with the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) Office of the Adjutant General (OTAG), today, at 3 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center on the state capitol grounds.

The purpose of the memorandum of agreement is to establish an official partnership and cooperative effort for creating a North Dakota military museum. Signing the MOA on behalf of the SHSND is Dr. Bill Peterson, director, SHSND. The OTAG will be represented by Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general.

The intent of the museum is to preserve and honor the rich military history of North Dakota.

Media is invited to cover this event.


ND Guard Civil Support Team Assists Williston Police Department

CSTBISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s (NDNG) 81st Civil Support Team (CST) responded today to a request for assistance from the Williston Police Department. The request came through the Williams County emergency manager to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services at approximately 6 p.m., Oct. 12.

On Oct. 10, the Williston Police Department discovered explosive materials and other unknown substances in an occupied apartment. The 81st CST was requested to assist in the identification of these unknown substances.

Ten members of the 81st CST traveled from their home base in Bismarck to Williston early this morning to render assistance to the incident commander. The CST’s capability includes the ability to analyze both quantitative and qualitative materials to include solids, powders, pastes, gels and liquids as well as a mobile analytical laboratory system, which has identification capabilities of biological, chemical and toxin compounds.


Happy Hooligans Named Top Flying Squadron

 General Atomics Remotely Piloted Aircraft Trophy

FARGO, N.D. — The 178th Attack Squadron, of the North Dakota Air National Guard (NDANG), was recently recognized with the General Atomics Remotely Piloted Aircraft Trophy for 2021. 

The 178th is the first Air National Guard (ANG) unit to earn this prestigious award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) squadron in the U.S. Air Force. However, this is not the first time the Happy Hooligans have been recognized as the best U.S. Air Force squadron in their primary flying mission. 

The Hooligans were similarly recognized in 2009 when the 177th Airlift Squadron received the Joint Operational Support Airlift Center (JOSAC) Squadron of the Year award in the U.S. Air Force small aircraft category, while operating the C-21 Lear Jet.


Guard’s Civil Support Team to Conduct Exercise at Bismarck Water Treatment Plant

CSTBismarck, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s 81st Civil Support Team (CST) will conduct a joint training exercise with the staff at the Bismarck Water Treatment Facility Center on Friday, Sept. 23. The purpose of the exercise is to practice and test the capabilities of the team to respond to a hazardous materials event as well as to partner with local government entities. The exercise is expected to start at about 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3 p.m.

The CST will conduct a survey of the building and a sampling mission in full HAZMAT (hazardous materials) suits to collect a sample and analyze it in their mobile laboratory.

Follow-on missions will include searching the facility for additional devices and determining the extent of the simulated contamination. The exercise is an opportunity for the CST to test their decontamination procedures and communications equipment. Optimal time for media to report on the training is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Guard Air Defenders Welcomed Home at Ceremony

ADAGrand Forks, N.D. — An audience of about 600 family members, friends, and fellow National Guard members gathered to welcome home about 225 North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers, Sept. 18, 2022, on the campus of the University of North Dakota. The ceremony recognized the accomplishments of the Grand Forks-based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (1-188th) and thanked the Families and employers for their support during their recent mission to the National Capital Region.

These Soldiers were mobilized from June 2021 to July 2022, where they collaborated with other Department of Defense agencies in protecting the airspace around the Washington, D.C. area, contributing to Operation Noble Eagle.


North Dakota National Guard Soldiers Receive Keeble Award

Keeble Award

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota National Guard Soldiers Col. Todd Schaffer, Col. Brian Keller, Maj. Annie Gerhardt, and Maj. Waylon Tomac were recognized for their exceptional and selfless actions in response to a medical emergency. They were recently presented with the North Dakota National Guard’s The Woodrow W. Keeble “Je Suis Pret” (I am Ready) Award in Bismarck, Sept. 11, 2022.

The four Soldiers took immediate action when Brig. Gen. Jon Erickson, North Dakota Army Component commander, collapsed due to sudden cardiac arrest during a military ceremony at Bismarck’s Raymond J. Bohn armory on April 9, 2022. Their lifesaving measures, which included cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), were critical in Erickson’s survival and subsequent full recovery.

 


Guard Air Defenders to be Honored at Ceremony

ADAGrand Forks, N.D. — About 225 North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Grand Forks-based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment will be honored at a welcome home ceremony at 2 p.m., Sept. 18, 2022, on the campus of the University of North Dakota.

The event is open to the public. Livestream available at the North Dakota National Guard website.

These Soldiers were mobilized to the National Capital Region from June 2021 to July 2022, where they collaborated with other Department of Defense agencies in protecting the airspace around the Washington, D.C. area.


Military Police Soldiers Ready for Duty

191st MPsFargo, N.D. — An estimated audience of over 1,200 family members, friends, and fellow National Guard members gathered to honor about 155 Soldiers assigned to the Fargo-based 191st Military Police (MP) Company at the Fargo Civic Center on Sept. 14, 2022.

The unit will deploy overseas for about year in support of U.S. Central Command’s area of operations and is led by Capt. Nathan Johnson and 1st Sgt. Jeremy Gowan.

Gov. Doug Burgum, commander in chief of the North Dakota National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general, addressed the Soldiers and Families during the ceremony.


Military Police Company to be Honored at Sendoff Ceremony

US Army Military PoliceFargo, N.D. — About 155 North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fargo-based 191st Military Police (MP) Company will be honored at a sendoff ceremony at 2 p.m., Sept. 14, 2022, at the Fargo Civic Center, Fargo, North Dakota. Alerted for possible deployment last March, the Soldiers are deploying overseas for a yearlong mission in support of U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) Operation Spartan Shield.

The unit is led by Capt. Nathan Johnson and 1st Sgt. Jeremy Gowan. Soldiers in the unit hail from more than 35 communities across North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Gov. Doug Burgum and the North Dakota National Guard adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann are scheduled to address the Soldiers and their Families. The event is open to the public. Livestream available at the North Dakota National Guard website.


Gate City Bank to be Presented Highest ESGR Award

ESGR

Fargo, N.D. — The North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will present the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award to Gate City Bank, Sept. 14. A recognition ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Swiontek Center, Fargo, N.D.

Scheduled to render remarks are, Gov. Doug Burgum and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general. Also scheduled to speak are Kevin Hanson, president and CEO of Gate City Bank; Steve Swiontek, Chair of the Board for Gate City Bank; and Delton Steele, state chair for North Dakota ESGR. The award will be presented by Steele and Dave Johnston, the Vice Chair for the North Dakota ESGR.


Adjutant General’s Statement on Death of a Guard Soldier

Staff Sgt, Cody Cox
Staff Sgt, Cody Cox

BISMARCK, N.D. — Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general, issued the following statement on the death of a North Dakota National Guard Soldier, Staff Sgt. Cody Cox of West Fargo, North Dakota.

“Our North Dakota National Guard family mourns the recent passing of one of our Soldiers over the weekend,” said Dohrmann. “We will always honor and remember Cody’s commitment to our organization, state and nation. On behalf of all of the men and women of the North Dakota National Guard, I offer our sincere condolences and sympathy to his wife, Samantha, as well as Cody’s entire family and friends during this time of grief.”

Cox, 30, who passed away of natural causes on Sept. 4, 2022, enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 2011 as a LAN manager with the Fargo-based 426th Signal Company. He was promoted to staff sergeant April 22, 2022 and was assigned as the secure communications manager for the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. He was also a full-time North Dakota National Guard employee in Fargo working as a network help desk technician. His wife is also a member of the North Dakota National Guard.


North Dakota Veterans Cemetery to Observe 30th Anniversary

NDVCMANDAN, N.D. — The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery will host a ceremony in observance of its 30th anniversary on Aug. 31, 2022. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. (Central Time) at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 6.5 miles south of Mandan on North Dakota Highway 1806. The public and media are invited.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs due to limited seating. Handicap-marked vehicles are encouraged to arrive before 12:15 p.m. Drivers should ensure handicap credentials and decals are readily visible to parking attendants. 

Scheduled to render remarks are Sen. John Hoeven, Sen. Kevin Cramer, the Honorable Matthew T. Quinn, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. National Guard adjutant general. The keynote speaker is retired Maj. Gen. Alexander P. Macdonald, who was the adjutant general when the cemetery was dedicated. The master of ceremonies will be Lt. Col. Shirley J. Olgeirson, N.D. National Guard historian, who also presided over the dedication ceremony on Aug. 30, 1992.


North Dakota Army National Guard Commissions New Officers

OCSCAMP GRAFTON TRAINING CENTER, N.D. — Members of the 65th Officer Candidate School (OCS) class officially joined the North Dakota Army National Guard’s officer ranks during a graduation ceremony, Aug. 20, 2022, at the 164th Regiment Regional Training Institute (RTI). Fifteen Soldiers were awarded diplomas for completing the intensive officer training program, which is administered by staff and cadre from the RTI’s 2nd Training Battalion (Modular) at Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Ten graduates of this class accepted their officer commissions as second lieutenants. They will now go on to lead platoons in North Dakota Army National Guard units across the state. One candidate accepted his commission at an earlier date. Officer candidates may defer their officer commission upon graduating OCS, dependent on personal preference or the availability of an officer position within a unit.


Community Gathers to Honor Guard Engineers for Overseas Service

835th Engr Utilities Det Welcome Home Ceremony

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Community members and elected officials joined members of the North Dakota National Guard in honoring 53 Soldiers and their Families at a welcome home ceremony today at Burdick Arena in Devils Lake. The ceremony recognized the accomplishments of the Devils Lake-based 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment and demonstrated appreciation of the Families and employers for their support during their recent overseas mission.

Gov. Doug Burgum, commander-in-chief of the North Dakota National, Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Devils Lake Mayor Jim Moe joined Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general and other senior Guard leaders in honoring the Soldiers.


Guard Engineers to be Honored for Overseas Service

835th EUD Culvert Compaction

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — About 52 Soldiers of the North Dakota National Guard’s 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment will be honored at a welcome home ceremony Friday, Aug. 19 in Devils Lake. This ceremony formally recognizes the unit’s accomplishments and thanks the Families and employers for supporting their Soldier during this mission.

The ceremony will be held at Burdick Arena beginning at 2 p.m. and will be livestreamed. Link is available on the North Dakota National Guard website. The public is invited.


N.D. Adjutant General Names New Senior Enlisted Leader

​  Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Magnuson ​

BISMARCK, N.D.Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Magnuson was selected as the next senior enlisted leader (SEL) for the North Dakota National Guard.

Magnuson will succeed Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, who was recently named as the incoming state command sergeant major for the North Dakota Army National Guard. Binstock was assigned as the SEL January 2019.

Magnuson is expected to formally assume SEL duties in a change of responsibility ceremony planned for November.


N.D. Adjutant General Announces New State Command Sergeant Major

​Command Sgt Maj Binstock ​
Command Sgt Maj Binstock ​

BISMARCK, N.D.Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock was selected as the next North Dakota Army National Guard state command sergeant major (SCSM).

Binstock succeeds Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck, who has served in the position since December 2019. Binstock will formally assume SCSM duties in a change of responsibility ceremony planned for November.

Binstock is currently assigned as the North Dakota National Guard’s senior enlisted leader (SEL), who along with the adjutant general, serve as the command team for the joint North Dakota Army and Air National Guard headquarters. The SEL serves as the principal policy advisor for all joint enlisted matters. 


Guard Soldiers to Conduct Training at Kimball Bottoms

957th Engineer CompanyBISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) will conduct field training exercises August 19-21, in the Kimball Bottoms area near the Missouri River, south of Bismarck.

The N.D. National Guard reminds the public to be aware of the training activities and to use extreme caution when in the area, since there will be increased vehicle and boat traffic during unit training operations. The public’s cooperation and understanding is appreciated.


Gate City Bank Selected for Highest ESGR Award

ESGRFargo, N.D. - The North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces that Gate City Bank, headquartered in Fargo, N.D., is one of only 15 recipients selected for the 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The Employer Support Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for their exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve members. The Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional employer support, with only 310 honorees to date.


Air Guard Welcomes New State Command Chief

​  Chief Master Sgt. Levi Heller  ​
Chief Master Sgt. Levi Heller

 

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Air National Guard is proud to announce that Chief Master Sgt. Levi Heller was chosen as the new state command chief.

Heller succeeds Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kangas, who retired December 2021.

As the state command chief master sergeant, Heller reports to Brig. Gen. Darrin Anderson, assistant adjutant general for the North Dakota Air National Guard. In this new role, Heller will advise senior military leaders on matters concerning discipline, morale, welfare, effective utilization, professional development and career progression of the state’s Airmen.


Adjutant General Statement on Loss of National Guard Airman

Hooligans - ND Air National GuardFARGO, N.D. — Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general, made the following statement regarding the death of a North Dakota National Guard Airman, Master Sgt. Brandon Sola. 

“Our North Dakota National Guard family mourns the loss of one of our family members,” said Dohrmann. “We will always remember Brandon’s commitment to the National Guard and to law enforcement. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends and fellow Airmen during this tragic time.”

 According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol statement issued this morning, Sola was killed on June 28 in a motorcycle accident on I-94 near West Fargo.


Annual Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at the N.D. Veterans Cemetery

ND Veterans Cemetery
ND Veterans Cemetery

MANDAN, N.D. — The 2022 Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. (Central Time), Monday, May 30, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 6.5 miles south of Mandan on North Dakota Highway 1806. This annual event, hosted by the North Dakota National Guard, honors all deceased American servicemen and women and is free to the public. The first observance was held in 1993.

The ceremony will be live streamed at ndguard.nd.gov and aired in Bismarck-Mandan area on Dakota Media Access channels 2 and 602 (HD), and will begin with a flyover performed by two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters at approximately 12:03 p.m.


N.D. Guard Soldiers Serving at Southwest Border Rescue Migrants

DEL RIO, Texas – North Dakota Army National Guardsmen rescued migrants from drowning while crossing the Rio Grande on March 22, 2022.

Specialists Luis Alvarado and Gracin Clem are assigned to Joint Task Force North, Task Force Legion in Del Rio, Texas, and were conducting Mobile Surveillance Camera (MSC) site operations for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in support of the federal southwest border mission when the Soldiers observed five migrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande River.

The migrants were halfway across the river but struggled to stay above water due to strong currents and high winds. Alvarado, fluent in Spanish, attempted to shout instructions to the migrants on how to cross the river safely.


Fargo Military Police Unit Receives Alert for Possible Mobilization

MP CorpsBISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert for possible mobilization. If ordered to mobilize, the Fargo-based 191st Military Police Company would deploy to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of operations sometime late summer 2022.

The unit is headquartered in Fargo with a detachment in Grand Forks. If mobilized, about 155 Soldiers are expected to be deployed about one year.


Happy Hooligans Awarded 23rd Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

AFOUA FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing, known as the Happy Hooligans, formally accepted the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) for the 23rd time during a ceremony at Hector Air Base, Fargo, N.D., on March 5. The ceremony also included recognition of the Outstanding Airmen of the Year.

The AFOUA is awarded by the secretary of the U.S. Air Force to numbered units of the active duty Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement, including successful involvement with combat operations or exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force.


State Partners to Conduct Flood Response Exercise

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logosBISMARCK, N.D. – Members of the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) in coordination with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) will conduct a flood response exercise March 3 to 6, at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. These agencies regularly exercise emergency response scenarios to validate and refine statewide plans and capabilities.

About 35 Soldiers and Airmen from the National Guard’s Domestic Operations Section will work from the organization’s Joint Operations Center (JOC), exercising command and control for military response resources during the exercise. Emergency services staff will participate from the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), working with the National Guard and other partner agencies to coordinate a state response based on the exercise scenarios.


Cavalier Soldier Receives Meritorious Service Medal

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Maj. Brett Nelson received the Meritorious Service Medal on Feb. 11, 2022. The award recognizes Nelson’s outstanding achievements between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 30, 2021.  Specifically, during his assignments as the executive officer for the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and as the range officer for the Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake.   

The award was presented by Col. Russ Wolf, commander of the 164th Regional Training Institute, during a brief ceremony at Camp Grafton Training Center.


North Dakota Guardsman Promoted to General Officer

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Jon Erickson
Jon Erickson

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota National Guard officer Jon Erickson was promoted to brigadier general today at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck during a ceremony witnessed by family, friends and fellow Guard members. The North Dakota adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, presided over the ceremony.

Promotions to general officer rank are reserved for only the highest leadership positions within the U.S. Army. Erickson, who assumed command of the North Dakota National Guard’s Land Component Command on Nov. 20, has served on active duty and in the National Guard for over 27 years.


Sizer Named CASA for North Dakota

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Reference: U.S. Army Public Affairs Release Secretary of the Army appoints nine new civilian aides

 

Shelly Sizer
Shelly Sizer

BISMARCK, N.D. — On Nov. 16, the U.S. Army appointed nine new Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) during an investiture ceremony at the Pentagon.

Among these CASA appointees was Shelly Sizer for the state of North Dakota. She replaces Connie Sprynczynatyk, who has served in this position since 2011. Sprynczynatyk was named Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army emerita in recognition of a decade of service. 

According to the U.S. Army, CASAs are business and community leaders appointed by the Secretary to advise and support Army leaders across the country. They promote good relations between the Army and the public, advise the Secretary about regional issues, support the total Army workforce, and assist with recruiting and helping our Soldiers as they transition out of the military.


Hooligan Command Chief Retires

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Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kangas

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Air National Guard bid farewell to its senior enlisted leader Saturday, Dec. 4, as Chief Master Sgt. Duane “Dewey” Kangas retired during a ceremony at the base in Fargo. Brig. Gen. Darrin Anderson, North Dakota National Guard assistant adjutant general for air, presided over the ceremony.

“A person like Dewey bounces from different jobs always in search of personal and professional growth,” said Anderson during his remarks. “The career path he took was much more than timing, much more than being the right person at the right place and time – you have to work at that – and it really fed into his ability to lead in a senior leadership position with the North Dakota Air National Guard.”

 


N.D. National Guard Welcomes New Commander for Land Component Command

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Ryan-Erickson
Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan - Col. Jon Erickson
 CAMP GRAFTON TRAINING CENTER, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s Land Component Command welcomed a new leader, today after conducting a change of command at the Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake. Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard, presided over the ceremony.

The outgoing commander, Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, has led over 3,000 N.D. Guard Soldiers of since Sept. 2018. Col. Jon Erickson assumed command of the Land Component Command during the ceremony.


Adjutant General Statement on Passing of Retired Brig. Gen. Al Palmer

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Brig Gen Al Palmer
Brig Gen Al Palmer

BISMARCK, N.D. Major General Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the N.D. National Guard, issued the following statement on the passing of retired Brig. Gen. Al Palmer, Tuesday, Nov. 16.

“We are deeply saddened by news about our friend and colleague Brig. Gen. Al Palmer,” said Dohrmann. “Al exemplified the concept of a Citizen-Airman, serving in the National Guard for three decades. His quiet dignity and sound leadership continually inspired confidence in the Guard members that served alongside him. He was an Airmen for life, continuing to serve his community and state after his retirement from the National Guard. From serving on the Grand Forks base retention and military affairs committees, to serving Christmas dinner to Soldiers and Airmen, to being a driving force behind the construction of the Grand Forks Veterans Memorial park, Al set an example for all of us to follow.”


N.D. National Guard to Conduct Blizzard Response Exercise

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard will conduct a blizzard response exercise at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, Saturday, Nov. 20. The Guard regularly conducts emergency response exercise scenarios to validate and refine statewide plans and capabilities.

About 20 Soldiers and Airmen from the National Guard’s Domestic Operations Section will work from the organization’s Joint Operations Center (JOC) exercising command and control for military response resources during the hypothetical blizzard response. The JOC serves as a nexus for information sharing, mission assignments, as well as personnel and equipment tracking during domestic emergency responses.


National Guard, Highway Patrol to Conduct Joint Exercise

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CSTBISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s 81st Civil Support Team (CST) will conduct a joint exercise with the North Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Department of Health state laboratory, Wednesday, Nov. 17 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

In this exercise scenario, the North Dakota Highway Patrol requests National Guard assistance in identifying a suspicious package. 

Initially, the exercise will be conducted on the northwest corner of the North Dakota state capitol grounds and in the vicinity of the Governor’s front office. The 81st CST will stage their vehicles and equipment in the parking lot.


N.D. Guard to Resume Support for COVID-19 Response

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard recently placed about 65 Guard members on COVID-19 duty in support of the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH). About 50 of these Guard members will support the NDDoH’s COVID-19 contact information efforts while 15 others will support the state laboratory in Bismarck.

The Guard members will be on state active duty with orders under the authority of FEMA (502f). These tours of duty are scheduled at least through December 31.


Happy Hooligans Support Operation Allies Refuge

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HooligansFargo, N.D. — On August 26, 2021, 14 members of the North Dakota Air National Guard were mobilized in support of Operation Allies Refuge.

Operation Allies Refuge is the initiative to support the relocations of Afghan nationals and their immediate families. The North Dakota Airmen, nicknamed the Happy Hooligans, are serving at Volk Field, Wisconsin and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakhurst, New Jersey.


North Dakota National Guard to Observe 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Attacks

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GWOT Memorial
GWOT Memorial

BISMARCK, N.D. The North Dakota National Guard will conduct an observance ceremony on Saturday, September 11, at the Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), near the entrance to Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and is a solemn observance of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

The public and media are invited. The local streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and parking is available at the Bank of North Dakota, 1200 Memorial Highway, Bismarck.


North Dakota Army National Guard Commissions New Officers

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OCS Graduation
OCS Graduation

CAMP GRAFTON TRAINING CENTER, N.D. — Members of the 64th Officer Candidate School (OCS) class officially joined the North Dakota Army National Guard’s officer ranks during a graduation ceremony, Aug. 21, 2021, at the 164th Regiment Regional Training Institute (RTI). Nine Soldiers were awarded diplomas for completing the intensive officer training program, which is administered by staff and cadre from the RTI’s 2nd Training Battalion (Modular) at Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake, North Dakota.

Officer candidates may defer their commission upon graduating OCS, dependent on personal preference or the availability of an officer position within a unit. Three graduates of this class accepted their commissions as second lieutenants. They will now go on to lead platoons in North Dakota Army National Guard units across the state. Four candidates accepted their commissions at an earlier date.


N.D. National Guard Celebrates Fargo Facilities

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Fargo eventsFARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard celebrated two facilities in Fargo today by commemorating the beginning of construction for one and later celebrating the completion of another.

This morning, the Happy Hooligans of the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for a consolidated operations facility at the Fargo Air Base. The $17.5 million project intended for use by the 119th Operations Group, is scheduled for construction to begin this fall, with an expected completion in 2023.

Gov. Doug Burgum, commander and chief of the N.D. National Guard, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the N.D. National Guard, Col. Mitch Johnson, 119th Wing commander along with Shawn Dobberstein, executive director, Fargo Airport Authority wielded shovels for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

This afternoon, the North Dakota Army National Guard celebrated the completion of the Fargo Readiness Center by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony officially dedicating the facility. Among the participants in this ceremony were Hoeven, Cramer, Dohrmann, Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, deputy adjutant general, N.D. National Guard, Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, commander, N.D Army National Guard, Dobberstein, and Delton Steele, honorary commander for the N.D. National Guard and chair of the N.D. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).


N.D. National Guard to Celebrate Fargo Facility Events

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Fargo Readiness Center Groundbreaking - August 14, 2019

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard will conduct two separate events celebrating facilities on Tuesday, August 24 in Fargo.

The Happy Hooligans of the 119th Wing will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its $17.5 million military construction project at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base. The groundbreaking is set for 10 a.m. Construction on this building, a consolidated operations facility for use by the 119th Operations Group, is scheduled to begin in the fall.

Later that day, the North Dakota Army National Guard will host a building dedication of the Fargo Readiness Center with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m.  After the ceremony, the media is invited to tour the new ceremony. The building is located at Fraine Barracks complex in Bismarck and will serve as headquarters and operating offices for the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, some of its subordinate units as well as their vehicles and equipment.


North Dakota Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition

Categories: 2021

BWCBy Staff Sgt. Brandi Schmidt, 116th Public Affairs Detachment

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Twenty-two North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers from across the state pushed through physical and mental challenges during this year’s Best Warrior Competition (BWC) Aug. 12-15, 2021 at Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake. Over four days, the N.D. Guard Soldiers challenged themselves to prove that they were the best warrior in the state.


835th Engineers Ready for Overseas Duty

Categories: 2021

ND FlagDEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Fifty-four Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment (EUD) were honored today at a sendoff ceremony at the Lake Region State College campus in Devils Lake in preparation of a year-long U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) mission. Nearly 400 Family, friends and fellow Guard members attended the ceremony.

Addressing the departing Soldiers were the commander-in-chief of the North Dakota National Guard Gov. Doug Burgum, U.S. Senator John Hoeven, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, N.D. National Guard senior enlisted leader. The unit was alerted February 2021 and is commanded by Capt. Justin Johnson and the senior enlisted Soldier is Sgt. 1st Class Charles Holzer.


Guard Soldiers to Conduct Training at Kimball Bottoms

Categories: 2021

957th Engineer CompanyBISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) will conduct field training exercises August 16-17, 2021, in the Kimball Bottoms area near the Missouri River, south of Bismarck.

The N.D. National Guard reminds the public to be aware of the training activities and to use extreme caution when in the area, since there will be increased vehicle and boat traffic during unit training operations. The public’s cooperation and understanding is appreciated.


Selzler Completes Army War College

Categories: 2021

Lt Col Steve SelzlerCARLISLE BARRACKS, PA. — Lieutenant Colonel Steve Selzler, a Bismarck, North Dakota resident, graduated from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle, Pa. with a master's degree in Strategic Studies, July 23, 2021.

The U.S. Army War College’s two-year education curriculum develops senior military officers to serve in strategic level command and staff positions worldwide. Lieutenant General Laura Potter, Deputy Chief of Staff for intelligence of the U.S. Army, presided and spoke to the class of 382 senior officers, international officers, and civilians serving at the Senior Executive Service level or above.


North Dakota National Guard Participates in Cyber Exercise

Categories: 2021

Cyber Shield DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard cyber experts participated in Cyber Shield 2021, the Department of Defense’s largest unclassified cyber defense exercise, from July 10 to 23. 

"Cyber incidents are an ongoing and substantial threat in 2021; America's power plants, food supply, water supply, health care, law enforcement and defense sectors have all come under attack," said Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, during a media roundtable June 29. "These cyber threats extend our adversaries' reach across borders and time zones, and could have devastating consequences.”


Schaffer Completes Army War College

Categories: 2021

SchafferUnited States Army War College Hometown News Release

By Elena Patton

CARLISLE BARRACKS, PA. — Colonel Todd W. Schaffer, a Carrington, North Dakota native, completed the two-year distance education program, receiving a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle, Pa. with a master's degree in Strategic Studies on July 23, 2021.


North Dakota Guard Soldiers to Support Southwest Border

Categories: 2021

N.D. National GuardBISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) was alerted for duty at the southwest border of the United States.

The unit will mobilize with about 125 Soldiers and is expected to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


A Decade since 2011 State-wide Flooding

Categories: 2021

Road Closed
Traffic control point, Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded 22 record crests state-wide in 2011, which in turn saw more than 3,000 North Dakota National Guard members serving on flood response duty. Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen worked alongside members of local communities and with state and federal agencies like the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, North Dakota Department of Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in fighting rising waters.

The North Dakota National Guard’s 2011 flood response consisted of 67,264 personnel workdays, which surpassed the 54,341 recorded during the 2009 flood response. This record was broken November 2020 when the Guard’s COVID-19 pandemic response surpassed that number, and is currently at 116,427 personnel days worked.


Guard Soldiers to Conduct Training at Kimball Bottoms

Categories: 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) will conduct field training exercises 11-13 June, 2021, in the Kimball Bottoms area near the Missouri River, south of Bismarck.

The N.D. National Guard reminds the public to be aware of the training activities and to use extreme caution when in the area, since there will be increased vehicle and boat traffic during unit training operations. The public’s cooperation and understanding is appreciated.


N.D. Guard Air Defenders Ready for Mission in Nation’s Capital

Categories: 2021
Gov. Burgum
Gov. Burgum renders remarks

Grand Forks, N.D.  About 225 Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery (1-188th ADA) Regiment were honored today at a sendoff ceremony at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks in preparation of a long-year mobilization to the National Capital Region. 

Addressing the departing Soldiers were the commander-in-chief of the North Dakota National Guard Gov. Doug Burgum, U.S. Senator John Hoeven, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Bindstock, North Dakota National Guard senior enlisted leader.  The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Walyn Vannurden and the senior enlisted Soldier is Command Sgt. Maj. Russell Garrett.


N.D. Veterans Cemetery Conducts 10,000th Interment

Categories: 2021

ND Veterans Cemetery
ND Veterans Cemetery

 

 

 

MANDAN, N.D.  The North Dakota Veterans Cemetery conducted its 10,000th interment today. Interments consist of both burials and cremation. The cemetery is a state-run, state-funded facility, that is administered by the office of the North Dakota National Guard adjutant general and accepts burial plot allowance for each Veteran interment from the Veterans Benefits Administration.  It’s also assisted by charitable contributions and occasional grants administered by the VA National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program.

 

 

 


Annual Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at the N.D. Veterans Cemetery

Categories: 2021

Gov Burgum Receives Wreath Memorial Day 2020

MANDAN, N.D. — The 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at noon Monday, May 31, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 6.5 miles south of Mandan on North Dakota Highway 1806. This annual event, hosted by the North Dakota National Guard, honors all deceased American servicemen and women and is free to the public. This year’s theme is “Korean War – Never Forgotten.

 

Participants are asked to observe COVID-19 precautions and arrive early due to anticipated large crowds and motorcycle honor run. Lawn chairs are encouraged due to limited seating and attendees are encouraged to sit with family members and friends in clusters while practicing social distancing.


N.D. Guard Soldiers Excel at Region VI Best Warrior Competition

Categories: 2021

 

Wendland
Sgt. Brandon Wendland

WARRENTON, Ore. North Dakota Army National Guard Sgt. Brandon Wendland, 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge), took top honors in the noncommissioned officer (NCO) category for the Region VI Best Warrior Competition (BWC) 2021 at Camp Rilea, Oregon, May 4-7, 2021.

Wendland of Fargo, earned the honor to represent North Dakota by winning the state BWC in August 2020 held at Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake, North Dakota. Corporal Andrew Doss of Grand Forks, a member of the 191st Military Police Company, finished third in Soldier category.


Guard Soldiers to Conduct Training at Kimball Bottoms

Categories: 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) will conduct field training exercises this week in the Kimball Bottoms area near the Missouri River, south of Bismarck.

The N.D. National Guard reminds the public to be aware of the training activities and to use extreme caution when in the area, since there will be increased vehicle and boat traffic during unit training operations. The public’s cooperation and understanding is appreciated.


North Dakota Air National Guard - Anderson Promoted, Branden Retires

Categories: 2021
Maj. Gen. Dohrmann congradulates Brig. Gen. Anderson
Maj. Gen. Dohrmann, left, administers oath of office to Brig. Gen. Anderson

FARGO, N.D. — Brig. Gen. Darrin K. Anderson became the newest North Dakota National Guard general officer today during a promotion ceremony at the Air National Guard Base, Fargo which was live streamed. With this promotion to general officer, Anderson assumes the duties of the North Dakota National Guard assistant adjutant general for Air from Brig. Gen. Todd M. Branden, who was honored during a retirement ceremony.

Anderson previously served as the commander of the 119th Wing, nicknamed the “Happy Hooligans” from August 2018 to March 2021, while Branden has been the assistant adjutant general for Air since October 2017.


Last Surviving WWII Veteran of Famous N.D. National Guard Unit 164th Infantry Regiment Passes Away

Categories: 2021
164th Crest
 164th Crest

 Bismarck, N.D. - The last North Dakota National Guard World War II (WWII) Soldier known to be residing in North Dakota died in Bowman on April 3, just weeks shy of his 97th birthday. Douglas P, “Doug” Burtell, who served in the famed 164th Infantry Regiment, was the last original member of the unit residing in North Dakota.

Burtell was only 16 years old when he joined the North Dakota National Guard in Fargo in late 1940. Assigned to the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Section of the Infantry Regiment he was trained to interpret aerial photographs, draw maps base

d on reconnaissance patrols, and analyze captured materials.


N.D. Guard Recognizes Individuals at Joint Leaders Conference

Categories: 2021

JLC 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard presented awards recognizing individuals for a myriad of achievements

at their recent Joint Leaders Conference in Bismarck, March 19. The awards ceremony that kicked off the conference was live streamed from the North Dakota Army National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck.

The conference began with remarks conducted virtually by Gov. Doug Burgum.

"From fulfilling critical missions around to the world to playing an essential role in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic – now the largest and longest domestic response in the organization’s history – the North Dakota National Guard is truly ‘Always Ready, Always There’ because of the unwavering courage and commitment of its leaders and members and the incredible support of its community stakeholders. All deserve our deepest gratitude and recognition for their outstanding efforts and leadership,” Burgum said.


N.D. Guard Marks One Year of COVID-19 Response Operations

Categories: 2021

COVID SUPPORT

BISMARCK, N.D. — Today the North Dakota National Guard marks its one-year anniversary of COVID-19 response operations in support of state and community health agencies. The first North Dakota Guard members were activated for COVID-19 duty on March 16, 2020.

The ongoing COVID-19 support mission is the largest and longest state mobilization in North Dakota history. On Nov. 19, 2020, the North Dakota National Guard logged 67,495 personnel-days surpassing the previous record of 67,264 personnel-days recorded during response efforts in support of 2011 state-wide flooding. As of March 15, the North Guard National Guard has logged 97,914 personnel-days of support in this mission.


Happy Hooligans Awarded 22nd Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

AFOUA

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing, known as the Happy Hooligans, formally accepted the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) for the 22ndtime during a ceremony at their Fargo base on March 6.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general, placed the award on the 119th Wing’s colors, commending the Hooligan Airmen for their exceptional service and mission accomplishment.


Happy Hooligans Recognize Outstanding Airmen of the Year

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Air National Guard, nicknamed the “Happy Hooligans”, recognized the organization’s top enlisted Airmen of the year on March 6, during its 2020 Airman of Year recognition ceremony. The event was held at North Dakota Air National Guard Base Fargo, N.D.

 Hooligans

Airmen were nominated for the awards based on their military and community service throughout 2020. Awards were presented for Outstanding Airman of the Year; Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer of the Year; and Outstanding Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Additional recognition was presented for Unit Career Advisor of the Year and First Sergeant of the Year.


Happy Hooligans Welcome New Wing Commander

Col. Anderson, left, Col. Johnson
Col. Anderson, left, Col. Johnson

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing, known as the “Happy Hooligans”, welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony held at the Air National Guard base in Fargo, on March 6, 2021.

Col. Darrin Anderson relinquished command to Col. Mitch Johnson. Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. National Guard adjutant general, presided over the ceremony.


North Dakota Air Guard Member Receives Keeble Award For Heroism

Fontaine
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Fontaine

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard presented Tech. Sgt. Ryan Fontaine The Woodrow W. Keeble “Je Suis Pret” (I am Ready) Award during a presentation ceremony at North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., March 6, 2021.

Fontaine, of the Minot Air Force Base-based 219th Security Forces Squadron, earned the Keeble award for his participation in the rescue of 91 year-old Dolores Paulson. Paulson was trapped in an ambulance that slid off U.S. Highway 83 and sinking in a frozen pond the night of Nov. 28, 2019.


119th Wing to Conduct Recognition Ceremony and Change of Command Ceremony

Categories: 2021

HooligansFARGO, N.D. – The 119th Wing will conduct two separate ceremonies beginning at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 6, at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D.
Both ceremonies will be live-streamed on the 119th Wing Facebook page.
Sequence of events:

• Recognition Ceremony – 2:00 p.m.
    o Presentation of the Woodrow W. Keeble “Je Suis Pret” (I Am Ready) Award
    o Presentation of the NDANG’s 22nd Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA)
    o Honoring the 119th Wing’s 2020 Outstanding Airmen of Year

• Change of Command Ceremony – 3:15 p.m.


Tribal College – National Guard State Tuition Assistance

Categories: 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. — The N.Brig. Gen. Huber - Dr. BakerD. National Guard and the Nueta Hidasta Sahnish College (NHSC), New Town, N.D., are pleased to announce that NHSC students who are members of the N.D. National Guard, are eligible for state tuition assistance.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. deputy adjutant general, and Dr. Twyla Baker, president, NHSC signed a formal memorandum of agreement to that effect on Feb. 16, at the college.


Grand Forks-Based Unit Receives Alert for Possible Mobilization

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert for possible mobilization. If ordered to mobilize, the Grand Forks-based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (1-188th ADA) would leave for duty in the National Capitol Region (NCR) early- to mid-summer 2021.

Air Defense Artillery


Engineer Unit Receives Alert for Possible Mobilization

Categories: 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert for possible mobilization. If ordered to mobilize the Devils Lake-based 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment would deploy to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTOM) area of operations mid to late summer 2021.


N.D. National Guard Increases Support to Inauguration

Categories: 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. — The N.D. National Guard adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann announced additional support to the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Approximately 130 Soldiers from the 816th Military Police Company will join 20 previously scheduled N.D. Guard members in support of the 59th presidential inauguration. The unit is headquartered in Dickinson, N.D., with a detachment in Bismarck.


N.D. Adjutant General Announces Changes to Army Guard Force Structure

Categories: 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard adjutant general announced force structure changes affecting the Williston-based 818th Engineer Company (SAPPER).

“The National Guard Bureau is adjusting Army engineer force structure nation-wide,” said Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general. “What this means for North Dakota is the eventual transfer of the 818th Engineer Company to another state. This doesn’t mean that we won’t have N.D. National Guard presence in the city. We are committed to a long-term unit presence in Williston.”

 


N.D. National Guard and Department of Human Services Receive U.S. Army Award for Suicide Prevention Efforts

Categories: 2021

Today, the U.S. Army recognized the North Dakota National Guard and the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Field Services with the 2020 Army Community Partnership Award during a virtual ceremony. This award recognizes the collaboration between the two agencies in an initiative to mitigate the risk of suicide by service members.


N.D. Guard Reaches Milestone in COVID Support

Categories: 2020

The North Dakota National Guard reached a new milestone in their
domestic support operations yesterday when COVID-19 support exceeded the efforts of their
2011 state-wide flood support mission.


North Dakota Soldier Competes at Army National Guard 2020 Best Warrior Competition

Categories: 2020

by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment

Summer 2019, Sgt. Grant Schafer, 816th Military Police Company, won the N.D. Best Warrior Competition (BWC) in the Soldier category, later earning the right to represent Region VI at the Army National Guard 2020 BWC at Camp Shelby Joint Force Training Center and Camp McCain Training Center in Miss. Note: Schafer began the competition before being promoted to sergeant, and therefore competed in the Soldier category.


Risk Reduction Navigator

Categories: 2020

Navigating Our Way To A Ready & Resilient Force

By Mrs. Amy Ruff, NDARNG Resilience, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention (R3SP).

Welcome to the first Risk Reduction Navigator (R2N) commentary! These editorials will focus on the NDNG’s most valuable asset, our people. The R2N will contain various educational topics and prevention strategies to assist our Service Members, military families and civilian community members to navigate their way to empowerment, improved lives and success in achieving holistic health.


N.D.’s Human Service Centers Now In-State TRICARE Providers

Categories: 2020

By Mrs. Michelle A. Gauvin-Panos, ND Cares Executive Director

Military retirees and active service members have increased access to behavioral health services for themselves and their Families. As of February 2020, the N.D. Department of Human Services’ regional human service centers are now in-state TRICARE providers. This eliminates the need for individuals to get prior authorization before receiving vital behavioral health services at the centers or one of their four satellite clinics or 33 outreach sites in the state. Why is this important? According to North Dakota military data from 2014 through 2018, on average, 669 veterans or individuals who served in the military were treated at the human service centers. Of those, 60% received behavioral health services and either needed prior authorizations, used other insurance or paid out-of-pocket for services.


N.D. 2021 Best Warrior Competition

Categories: 2020

by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment

Seventeen Soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard competed in North Dakota's 2021 Best Warrior Competition (BWC) August 13-16, 2020 at Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake, N.D. “The Best Warrior Competition takes character, confidence and commitment,” said State Command Sgt. Maj. Derek J. Heck. BWC challenges each Soldier to prove their military knowledge and strength and matches it against that of their fellow Soldiers in scenarios that replicate battlefield situations. Over the four days, N.D. Soldiers challenged themselves to prove that they were the best warrior in the state.


Public Affairs Soldiers - The Connection Beyond the Camera

Categories: 2020

by Spc. Thea Jorgensen, 116th Public Affairs Detachment

When you enlist in the N.D. Army National Guard (NDARNG), Soldiers choose a military occupation specialty (MOS). These jobs can range from cyber security to military police. But in the NDARNG, there is a small unit whose mission is to tell the Guard story. The 116th Public Affairs Detachment (PAD) is an eight-Soldier unit made up of broadcast and print journalist specialists. I am fortunate to be one of those eight.


Chaplain's Corner - The Pursuit of Happiness

Categories: 2020

By Chaplain (Maj.) Tim Stout - 131st Military Police Battalion

The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”


ESGR Update

Categories: 2020

ESGR

By Mr. Delton Steele, North Dakota ESGR State Chair

 

 


N.D. National Guard During the Korean War

Categories: 2020

by Lt. Col. (retired) Shirley J. Olgeirson, NDNG Historian

Seventy-five years ago, North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers were arriving home from both sides of the globe. The 188th and 957th Field Artillery Battalions celebrated victory against a diabolical dictator and the 164th Infantry Regiment helped defeat an evil emperor. A mere five years later, many of the same Soldiers were again federalized for the “Korean Conflict”.


N.D. Veterans Cemetery Update

Categories: 2020

By Mrs. Pamela Helbing-Schafer, Director North Dakota Veterans Cemetery

The N.D. Veteran's Cemetery was established by an act of the 1989 N.D. Legislative Assembly. The cemetery was opened in 1992, and is operated by the office of the adjutant general of North Dakota. It is located 6.5 miles south of Mandan on Highway 1806 on a 70 acre tract of land near Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park. This cemetery is dedicated to the men and women who have served this state and nation with distinction and honor. Today interments of military members and their dependents number 9,522. Of these 69% are male and 31% are female. Solders lead interments with 3,942 (62%) followed by Sailors 1,315 (21%), Airmen 732 (12%), Marines 349 (5%), and members of the Coast Guard 24 (less than 1%). According to the director, Pam Helbling-Schafer, the cemetery has enough space available for the next 23 years.


"The Deuce" at Annual Training

Categories: 2020

by Sgt. Jacques Junior Chapusette, 3662 Support Maintenance Company

The 3662nd Support Maintenance Company (SMC), nicknamed the "Deuce" is a one of a kind specialized maintenance unit assigned to the N.D. Army National Guard. The Deuce is comprised of a diverse mix of many different MOS’s. Sections include auto mechanic, armament and electronics, ground support equipment tech and a maintenance control team, all with unique and specialized capabilities.

 


81st Civil Support Team - A Critical Asset

Categories: 2020

by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment

The North Dakota National Guard’s 81st Civil Support Team (CST) is a homeland defense unit comprised of 22 Soldiers and Airmen specializing in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) analysis for responding to incidents across the state, region, and nation. The mission of the 81st CST is to identify CBRN incidents, counter weapons of mass destruction, assist during natural disasters, and to protect the people of N.D. and the nation. Federal, state, local, and civil agencies can turn to the unit for support in any of the areas they specialize in. They undergo hundreds of hours of training every year to prepare themselves to respond to emergencies.


Keeping Communities Connected Through Music

Categories: 2020

By Sgt. Taryn K. Benton, 188th Army Band

The 188th Army Band provided outstanding musical support to their fellow Soldiers and to the communities of North Dakota in 2020 despite the limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The unit adapted to N.D. Smart Restart guidelines to resume their training and operations. Continuing their rich tradition of service, the 188th AB used music to bring people together during a time of isolation and uncertainty.

 


A United Force & N.D. Guard Family

Categories: 2020

By Mr. Robert E. Roehrich, NDNG Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager

Greetings to those who wear the uniform, past and present, and to those who serve and have served in a civilian capacity for our organization, all family members, and all the extended family and friends of the N.D. National Guard. So far, 2020 has been a roller coaster ride that will be branded into our memories as a defining period of time. Soon we will ask each other questions like where you were “when the Twin Towers fell on 911”, or “the assassination of President Kennedy?” from COVID-19, completely revolutionizing how we do business in the NDNG. From civil unrest and racial tensions within our country, we have been challenged to re-evaluate the way we operate our day-to-day business. We also took a deep look at our internal messaging and inclusion strategies. Though we’d like to think that we are flawless in many areas, it is simply impossible to be perfect all the time. However, we are always looking for opportunities to improve our organization for those we serve.


N.D. National Guard Builds Relationships for Disaster Operations

Categories: 2020

by Sgt. Michaela Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment

N.D. National Guard (NDNG) Soldiers and Airmen worked with emergency services agencies to execute Vigilant Guard August 4-6, 2020. Vigilant Guard is a multi-agency exercise that took place across the state to refine each organizations understanding of operating procedures, evaluate their response capabilities, and improve inter-organization communication. This reflects the state’s response to real world events.


164th Regional Training Institute Mission Continues thru Pandemic

Categories: 2020

By MAJ. Chance D. Schaffner, 164th REG RTI OIC/QA

 

The N.D. National Guard’s 164th Regional Training Institute (RTI-ND) at Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake, N.D., has not allowed the COVID 19 pandemic to slow its strategic march forward. In adapting to a changing environment, the RTI-ND has postured itself to supporting immediate and future training needs of the Army. As initial shock set into the nation in mid-March and classrooms went empty in May, the staff continued planning restart procedures to receive students in a safe manner.


Hooligan Hot-wire

Categories: 2020

Stories from the North Dakota Air National Guard, by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp

Air Force’s 73rd Birthday Worship Service

POTUS Support at Fargo Air Base

Hooligan Colonel Retires


Army Guard Aviators to Partner with McLean County Sheriff’s Office

Categories: 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s Bismarck-based 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment will partner with the McLean County Sheriff’s Office in a joint exercise Aug. 10-12.

Both agencies remind the public to be aware of the training activities, since there will be increased vehicle and helicopter traffic during these exercises. The public’s cooperation and understanding is appreciated.


Guard Soldiers to Conduct Training at Kimball Bottoms

testBISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota National Guard's 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) will be conducting field training exercises this week in the Kimball Bottoms area near the Missouri River, south of Bismarck.

The N.D. National Guard reminds the public to be aware of the training activities and to use extreme caution when in the area, since there will be increased vehicle and boat traffic during unit training operations. The public's cooperation and understanding is appreciated.

For the safety of the public, the off-road vehicle area known as the Desert, will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6 through 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11.


National Guard to Conduct Multi-Agency "Vigilant Guard" Exercise

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard will partner with several civilian agencies state-wide next week in a joint exercise called Vigilant Guard. The exercise will take place Aug. 3 - 6 in several areas across the state. The North Dakota National Guard regularly conducts emergency response exercise scenarios to help develop, validate, and refine plans and capabilities. This helps ensure its ability to support real-world disaster and emergency operations for our state and communities particularly in supporting response efforts such as the COVID-19 pandemic.


N.D. Air Defense Soldiers Earn Top National Guard Award

CAMP GRAFTON TRAINING CENTER, N.D. — Soldiers of the Fargo-based Battery C (Charlie), 1st Battalion, 188th Air   Defense Artillery Regiment were formally presented the 2019 Hamilton Award on July 27 at the N.D. National Guard’s Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake. This award is presented annually by the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery (ADA) branch to the ADA battery that has demonstrated exceptional achievement and mission accomplishment through the course of the year.


N.D. Air National Guard Family of the Year Named

 

     

Airmen of the 219th Security Forces Squadron Staff Sgt. Jessica Harper, left, and her wife Staff Sgt. Sarah Harper, hold their North Dakota Air National Guard Family of the Year award, which was presented to them at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., on July 18, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)
Staff Sgt. Jessica Harper, left, and her wife Staff Sgt. Sarah Harper, hold their North Dakota Air National Guard Family of the Year award.

MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota Air National Guard recently named Airmen Staff Sgt. Jessica Harper and Staff Sgt. Sarah Harper, as Family of the Year during a ceremony at Minot Air Force Base on July 17.

Both Airmen are assigned to the 219th Security Forces Squadron. Based at Minot Air Force Based This unit is a part of the Fargo-based 119th Wing, nicknamed the “Happy Hooligans”. They earned this recognition for their volunteer and morale-building efforts within the 219th Security Forces Squadron over the past year, as well as their contributions within the local community. Both are heavily involved in supporting animal rescue and serve as volunteer coaches for area youth sports.


Aviation Unit Receives Alert for Possible Mobilization

Categories: 2020

A North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert for possible mobilization. If ordered to mobilize, the Bismarck-based Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment, would deploy to the National Capital Region (NCR) area of operations late in 2020.


Chaplain (Col.) David L. Johnson Completes Army War College

Categories: 2020

United States Army War College Hometown News Release

By Elena Patton

Chaplain (Col.) David L. Johnson, North Dakota Army National Guard, graduated from the United States Army War College at Carlisle, Pa. with a master's degree in Strategic Studies on June 5, 2020.


N.D. National Guard Statements on Death of N.D. Guard Soldier

Categories: 2020

On May 27, a shooting occurred in Grand Forks, N.D. that took the life of Officer Cody Holte of the Grand Forks Police Department. Officer Holte was also a First Lieutenant in the North Dakota National Guard. Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general and Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, N.D. Army National Guard commander, released the following statements about Lt. Holte.


Virtual Memorial Day Program

Categories: 2020

The North Dakota National Guard's Virtual Memorial Day Program.

Begins at Noon on May 25th, 2020.

The program will be streamed HERE, live on the North Dakota National Guard homepage. 


Happy Hooligans Recognize Outstanding Airmen of the Year

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FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota Air National Guard, known as the “Happy Hooligans”, recognized the organization’s top Airmen, during its 2019 Outstanding Airman of Year banquet, on March 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo.

Airmen were nominated for the awards based on their military and civic service throughout 2019. Awards were presented for Unit Career Advisor of the Year, First Sergeant of the Year, Outstanding Airman of the Year, Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and Outstanding Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.


Happy Hooligans Awarded 21st Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

FARGO, N.D. — The 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, was formally presented their 21st Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) on March 7 in Fargo.

Brig. Gen. Todd Branden, North Dakota National Guard assistant adjutant general for air, presented the award to unit members and commended them for their exceptional service and mission accomplishment.


N.D. National Guard to Conduct Flood Response Exercise

Media Advisory 20-008
For Immediate Release                                                      March 5, 2020

N.D. National Guard to Conduct Flood Response Exercise

BISMARCK, N.D. - Members of the North Dakota National Guard will conduct a flood response exercise at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck on Friday, March 6. The National Guard regularly conducts emergency response exercise scenarios to validate and refine statewide plans and capabilities.

About 80 Soldiers and Airmen from the Guard's Domestic Operations Section will work from the organization's Joint Operations Center (JOC) exercising command and control for military response resources during the hypothetical flood response. The JOC serves as a nexus for information sharing, as well as personnel and equipment tracking, during a domestic emergency.


National Guard to Conduct Flood Response Drill

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The North Dakota National Guard will conduct flood response training on Feb. 13 at the Jamestown Civic Center in Jamestown. This Rehearsal of Concept exercise, or ROC, serves as a mechanism to refine and validate flood response plans in order to maintain a high level of readiness.


Civil Support Team to Welcome new Commander

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s 81st Civil Support Team (CST) will welcome a new commander on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the National Guard headquarters at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. The change of command ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in building 400 and the public and media are invited.

Lt. Col. Pat R. Flanagan will assume duties from Lt. Col. Lila L. Teunissen who has commanded the unit since July 2017. Teunissen is scheduled to retire soon after 29 years of service with the U.S. Army and the North Dakota National Guard.


Air Force Security Force Airmen now Eligible for Law Enforcement Partial Training Waiver

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BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard along with the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) board recently announced a partial training waiver for U.S. Air Force trained Security Forces personnel who want to become North Dakota law enforcement officers.


Heck to Assume Duties as State Command Sergeant Major

Categories: 2019

Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, commander of the Army component of the North Dakota National Guard, will host a change of responsibility ceremony for the State Command Sergeant Major. Command Sgt. Maj. Derek J. Heck will assume the duties of the senior enlisted Soldier for the N.D. Army Guard from Command Sgt. Major. David Lien during a ceremony on Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck.

 

The public and media are invited to the ceremony.


Wyatt promoted to Colonel

Categories: 2019

Col. Joseph Wyatt was recently promoted to the rank of colonel and assumed the command of the 119th Medical Group in Fargo. Wyatt has served with the N.D. Air National Guard’s 119th Wing since 2016.


North Dakota Army Aviators to Support Southwest Border

Categories: 2019

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard, announced today that N.D. Army National Guard aviators are traveling to Arizona in order to support the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border security mission with aviation assets.


N.D. Sailor Killed at Pearl Harbor to be Buried at N.D. Veterans Cemetery

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Radioman 2nd Class Floyd A. Wells, a World War II-era Sailor originally from Cavalier, N.D., will be interred at the N.D. Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Wells will receive full military honors during a formal ceremony which will begin at 1 p.m.


Fargo-based Maneuver Enhancement Brigade to Receive New Commander

Categories: 2019

The Soldiers of the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (141st MEB) will host a change of command ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22.


Bismarck-based, 68th Troop Command to Welcome New Commander

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The 68th Troop Command will welcome a new commander on Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck. The change of command ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. and the public and media are invited.


Luthi McDonough promoted to Colonel

Categories: 2019

Teresa Luthi McDonough was recently promoted to colonel at the Air National Guard base in Fargo where she has served since 1989. As a member of the Happy Hooligans, she commands the 119th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG) within the 119th Wing.


Minot-based Engineers to be Honored for Valor in Iraq

Categories: 2019

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general, announced that Company A, 164th Engineer Battalion was awarded the Valorous Unit Award (VUA) for their actions during their deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Nov. 2005 to Nov. 2006. The award will formally be presented on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Minot Armed Forces Reserve Center.


North Dakota Service Members to be Honored on 9/11 Anniversary

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Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, the North Dakota adjutant general, will host a Remembrance Prayer Service Sept. 11 to honor North Dakota’s fallen service members and their families.


Heck named new State Command Sergeant Major

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Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann announced that Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck will become the next state command sergeant major. Heck will assume those duties from Command Sgt. Maj. David Lien in a formal ceremony later this fall.


Huber named Deputy Adjutant General

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Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber has been named the next deputy adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard. She is the first female to hold this position in the North Dakota National Guard. She succeeds Brig. Gen. Robert Becklund who is retiring on Oct. 1.


Schulte promoted to Brigadier General; Becklund retires

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 Brig. Gen Robert A. Schulte became the newest North Dakota National Guard general officer during a promotion ceremony on Saturday at the Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Schulte will assume the duties of the North Dakota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters chief of staff for Air.


Happy Hooligans Welcome new General Officer, Farewell Another

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The North Dakota Air National Guard will honor Robert A. Schulte for his promotion to brigadier general and Brig. Gen. Robert J. Becklund on his retirement after 37 years of military service.

The 119th Wing, known as the Happy Hooligans, will host a ceremony promoting one officer to brigadier general and later, retiring another general officer during a ceremony Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will be at Hector Air Base’s aircraft maintenance hangar. Media is invited and no pre-coordination is required. Arrive at air base’s main gate by 12:30 p.m. for escort to ceremony area.


North Dakota Guard Soldiers Compete for Best Warrior Title

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Seventeen Army National Guard soldiers from across the state pushed through physical and mental challenges to try to outscore their fellow competitors during this year’s Best Warrior Competition (BWC) Aug. 15-18 at Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake. Each Soldier was tested on various warrior tasks over the competition’s four days.


North Dakota Engineers Assist YMCA Camp

Categories: 2019

Recently, about twenty-five Soldiers of the North Dakota National Guard's Wahpeton-based 188th Engineer Company (VERTICAL) assisted the Minot YMCA by improving the grounds of the Triangle YMCA camp near Garrison. The area is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is leased to the YMCA.


National Guard to Conduct Groundbreaking for New Facility

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The North Dakota National Guard will host a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the beginning of construction of their newest facility.

The groundbreaking program for the new Reserve Readiness Center will begin at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 14 at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve

Center (AFRC). This facility will house units of the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB).


North Dakota Guard Members Excel at Regional Marksmanship Match

Categories: 2019

Members of the North Dakota National Guard marksmanship teams excelled for the eighth consecutive year at the recent Marksmanship Advisory Council Region VI (MAC VI) championship at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyo., July 26 to July 28. The key elements of this competition are designed to improve battle-focused marksmanship and validate sharpshooter skills essential to individual readiness.


188th Army Band’s Jazz Ensemble to Perform at Fargo Jass Festival

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Members of the North Dakota National Guard’s Fargo-based 188th Army Band will perform during the 25th Annual Jass Festival on Sunday, August 11, at the El Zagal Shrine in Fargo. The festival is scheduled for 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. and the Army Band’s Jazz Ensemble performance is scheduled for approximately 12:50p.m.


Camp Grafton Training Center – South Hosts Open House

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DEVILS LAKE, N.D.The North Dakota National Guard’s Camp Grafton Training Center invites community members to participate in an open house at their south-range location, on Saturday, August 10. The public is invited to visit between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Camp Grafton south area includes maneuver training areas, weapon and demolition ranges.


Happy Hooligan Engineers Deemed Best in the ANG

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The 119th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), of the 119th Wing, was presented the Colonel William L. Deneke Outstanding Civil Engineer Unit Award for excellence, at the North Dakota Air National Guard base Saturday June 8, 2019.


Camp Grafton to Partner with U.S. Northern Command

Categories: 2019

The North Dakota National Guard is partnering with U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and several other agencies, including the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to test a long range radar at Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC).  The radar, known as the Arctic “Over-the-Horizon Radar” (OTHR), will be constructed at CGTC which is near Devils Lake and CGTC South in Eddy County.


Annual Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at the N.D. Veterans Cemetery

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The 2019 Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at noon Monday, May 27, at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, located 6.5 miles south of Mandan on North Dakota Highway 1806.


North Dakota State Radio Director to retire

Categories: 2019

The director of North Dakota State Radio has announced plans to retire on June 30, 2019.


U.S. Army Guard Military Police Soldiers Eligible to Receive Partial Training Waiver

Categories: 2019

The North Dakota National Guard along with the North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board recently announced a partial training waiver for U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps-trained military police personnel who want to become North Dakota law enforcement officers.


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North Dakota Guard Leaders Introduce Honorary Commander Program

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To further increase understanding of its state and federal missions, policies and programs to community members, leaders from the North Dakota National Guard introduced their Honorary Commander Program March 23 during the inaugural North Dakota Governor’s Military Ball in Bismarck.


North Dakota National Guard Introduces Keeble Award

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Ten North Dakota Guardsmen will be recognized tomorrow as the first individuals to receive a new state award during a ceremony at the Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton.


Happy Hooligans Recognize Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Categories: 2019

The North Dakota Air National Guard, known as the “Happy Hooligans”, recognized the organization’s top noncommissioned officers and unit members of the year March 2, during its 2018 Outstanding Airman of Year banquet, which was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo, N.D.


Military Police Soldiers to be Honored during ‘Welcome Home’ Ceremony

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A formal welcome home ceremony will honor about 30 North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers who returned home last year – in November and December – after a yearlong mission in Afghanistan.


N.D. National Guard, Department of Emergency Services to Conduct Flood Response Exercise

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Members of the North Dakota National Guard and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services this weekend will conduct a flood exercise at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck.


North Dakota Air Guard Welcomes New State Command Chief

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The North Dakota Air National Guard welcomed a new State Command Chief, Saturday as Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller assumed duties from Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Muehler during a change of responsibility ceremony at the Air Guard base in Fargo.


Happy Hooligans Awarded 20th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

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The Happy Hooligans of the North Dakota National Guard’s 119th Wing, received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) for the 20th time Saturday during a ceremony at the Air National Guard base in Fargo.


Air Defense Soldiers to Return to North Dakota

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About 28 Soldiers of the North Dakota National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery (1-188th ADA) Regiment will return home today after protecting the airspace in the nation’s capital.


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