N.D. Guard Reaches Milestone in COVID Support

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NDNG conducting Mobile Testing
Staff Sgt. Misty Poitra, in blue, and Senior Airman Chris Cornette, both of the 119th Medical Group, collect throat swabs during COVID-19 testing, as N.D. National Guard Soldiers gather test subject data in the parking lot of the FargoDome, Fargo, N.D., May 3, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by CMSgt. David H. Lipp)

BISMARCK, N.D. — 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.


On Thursday, Nov. 19, the North Dakota National Guard assessed 67,495 personnel-days
surpassing the record 67,264 personnel-days worked in response to 2011 flood. The COVID-
19 support mission is now the largest and longest state mobilization in the history of the
North Dakota National Guard.


“The North Dakota National Guard has been instrumental in our whole-of-government
response to this pandemic,” said Gov. Doug Burgum. “We are all deeply grateful for their
incredible commitment and tireless efforts to save lives and livelihoods and protect our most
vulnerable citizens from this unprecedented threat to public health.”


The North Dakota National Guard saw their first activation on March 16 and has conducted
support operations for 248 consecutive days. The 2011 flood response saw Guard members
on duty for 142 days. Today, about 270 Soldiers and Airmen remain on COVID-19 duty.
“Our Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees have performed exceptionally well during this
emergency response in a multitude of tasks”, said Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota
adjutant general. “I am proud of their efforts in this battle to contain this virus in support of the
citizens of North Dakota while continuing to conduct much of their normal duties, supporting
our federal missions and maintaining readiness.”


North Dakota Guardsmen have supported, and will continue to support the response to this
pandemic with a myriad of tasks. These include administering COVID-19 tests, strategic
response planning, deep cleaning at long-term and congregate living facilities. Guard
members have also aided in the transportation of test specimens and provided other support
to the state laboratory in Bismarck. In total, over 680 North Dakota Soldiers and Airmen have
performed COVID-19 response duty.

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The North Dakota National Guard is a trained and highly motivated force of about 4,000
Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen. We are always prepared to provide ready units,
individuals and equipment in support of our communities, state and nation. Always ready,

always there.

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