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Chaplain's Corner - The Pursuit of Happiness

Monday, September 28, 2020

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.”


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

Monday, September 28, 2020

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.


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

Friday, August 7, 2020 at 04:11 pm

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

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 03:15 pm

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

Friday, July 31, 2020

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

Thursday, July 30, 2020

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

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 05:00 pm

 

     

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

Friday, June 26, 2020

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

Monday, June 8, 2020

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

Monday, June 8, 2020

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.