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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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Groundbreaking
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Chaplain's Corner - The Pursuit of Happiness

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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.”


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.


Keeping Communities Connected Through Music

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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.

 


164th Regional Training Institute Mission Continues thru Pandemic

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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.


ESGR Update

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By Mr. Delton Steele, North Dakota ESGR State Chair

 

 


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.


N.D. National Guard Builds Relationships for Disaster Operations

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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.


81st Civil Support Team - A Critical Asset

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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.


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.


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


"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.

 


N.D. National Guard During the Korean War

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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”.


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. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Categories: 2020

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

Categories: 2020

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

Categories: 2020

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

Categories: 2020

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

 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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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

Categories: 2019

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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