Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, right, and Pam Helbling-Schafer, director N.D. Veterans Cemetery (NDVC), left, gathered with co-workers, family and friends to recognize retiring N.D. Park Rangers Dan Schelske and Maureen "Mo" Trnka in the chapel at the NDVC on March 17, 2021. Schelske and Trnka work at nearby Fort Abraham Lincoln and were honored for their years of support to the NDVC. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Officer)
N.D. National Guard Marks a Year of COVID-19 Response
The North Dakota National Guard marked its one-year anniversary of COVID-19 response operations in support of state and community health agencies on on March 16, 2021. (National Guard story by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
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 19, the N.D. National Guard has logged 98,865 personnel-days of support in this mission. Click for Flickr photos of N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen on COVID-19 support.
N.D. National Guard - One Year of COVID-19 Response
81st Civil Support Team Partners With Civilian Agencies
The 81st Civil Support Team (CST) recently partnered with Bismarck, Minot, and Grand Forks Bomb Squads for training, March 9-12, 2021. (U.S. National Guard story by OC Michaela C.P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)
Six members of the Special Programs Division (SPD) from U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground Utah, led the training scenarios for the 81st CST and their partners and was conducted at several locations in the Bismarck, N.D. area to include Fraine Barracks, N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility, and the Bismarck Aquatic and Wellness Center. The SPD is a unique blend of technical personnel that includes PhD-level physical scientists, chemists, engineers, and microbiologists, in addition to former civilian and military chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosives operators. SPD specializes in the planning, execution, and analysis of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) warfare defense systems and processes.
The training focused on Joint CBRN characterization, exploitation, and mitigation. This type of training assists the 81st CST in fostering and maintaining partnerships with civil authorities all across North Dakota.