Master Sgt. Kevin Hopfauf and 1st Sgt. Elizabeth “Lisa” Ouradnik unfurl a U.S. Army brigadier general flag as its description and purpose is read to the attendees of Jackie Huber’s promotion to brigadier general ceremony. American military officers of general and flag (U.S. Navy) rank are entitled to display a flag appropriate to their rank and branch when they participate or attend various occasions.
Huber has held many key positions including command of the 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, the 164th Engineer Battalion and the 164th Regional Training Institute. She deployed overseas in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm with the 191st Military Police Company and in 2003, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 142nd Engineer Battalion.
Guard signs Tuition Waiver Agreement with UTTC
On April 23, the North Dakota National Guard celebrated a historic agreement with the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck. Guard members attending UTTC can now use their State Tuition Assistance (STA) benefits. UTTC's decision to waive 25% of tuition costs as a part of the agreement will allow the college to participate in the North Dakota National Guard tuition assistance program opening the door for members of the NDNG Guard to utilize their state tuition assistance benefits while at UTTC.
On the morning of April 22, 9-1-1 telephone services dispatcher April Johnson took an emergency call from a man whose wife was in labor with her fourth child; 39 weeks with contractions that were four minutes apart. April instructed them to lay the woman down, advising her to breathe through the contractions. Three minutes later, April heard the mother's scream and then heard the baby crying. The father was instructed to wrap the baby in a blanket and place him on the mother's chest. The ambulance arrived five minutes later. The entire call took only nine minutes. 9-1-1 dispatch operators are the face of the State Radio Communications System (SRCS) within the N.D. Department of Emergency Services and the Office of the Adjutant General. SRCS has over 4,000 users representing 287 local, state, and federal agencies.
CST Exercise in Colorado
The 81st Civil Support Team (CST) participated in a joint exercise at the Disaster Management Institute (DMI) in Aurora, Colorado. Also participating were South Dakota's 82nd CST and Wyoming's 84th CST. DMI provided civilian evaluators and an incident commander as the exercise developed into a complex, multi-day, multi-hazard response. CSTs usually practice Relief In Place operations, but this scenario allowed them to practice joint and concurrent operations which improved their readiness.