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

Friday, April 8, 2022 at 06:00 pm

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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

Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 11:00 pm

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

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 11:00 pm

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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

Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 11:00 pm

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

Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 11:00 pm

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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

Monday, December 6, 2021 at 11:00 pm

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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

Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 11:00 pm

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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

Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:00 pm

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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

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:00 pm

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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.”