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TAG Line May 22, 2020

Top photo: Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) step off of the C-12 Huron aircraft at the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility, Bismarck on May 20.

Bridge Engineers Return

A six Soldier-team of the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) returned to North Dakota on May 20 after serving on an overseas deployment. One of the Soldiers was dropped off in Fargo, while the other five traveled to the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck. Gov. Doug Burgum, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, family and fellow service members greeted them inside the C-12 hanger. The engineers, mobilized in June 2019, assisted in the training of Iraqi army bridge engineers. Among their major accomplishments was developing an Program of Instruction (POI) for the Harzone Panel Bridge.

Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck, state command sergeant major, welcomes Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company with elbow bumps, in keeping with current COVID-19 precautions.
Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general, presents Sgt. Dane Fischer a coin while practicing social distancing. Dohrmann, along with Gov. Doug Burgum, family and fellow service members welcomed home six Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) on May 20.

1st Lt. Ryan Blumhagen hugs his wife Mckenzie after arriving at the at the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck on May 20. Blumhagen led a six Soldier-team of the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) serving in Iraq assisting Iraqi army bridge engineers.

Gov. Doug Burgum tosses Blumhagen a coin in recognition of his service. Burgum joined the adjutant general and family members in welcoming home six Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company on May 20. The Soldiers left North Dakota last June.

Sgt. Casey Drege steps off of the C-12 Huron in Fargo on May 20. Drege was one of six Soldiers from the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) who returned home to North Dakota on May 20 after serving overseas in Iraq. The aircraft later transported the remaining five Soldiers to Bismarck.

Gov. Doug Burgum, right, listens as Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general, center, welcomes bridge engineer Soldiers home in Bismarck on May 20.

Memorial Day 2020 Ceremony

Due to COVID-19 restrictions our annual 2020 Memorial Day ceremony at the N.D. Veterans Cemetery will only be available online. Please join us for the broadcast of the ceremony live on our website NDGuard.nd.gov beginning at 12 noon on May 25.

This virtual broadcast will allow us to continue to with the tradition of the honoring all of our fallen heroes by sharing this beautiful ceremony with a larger audience than ever before. By viewing the ceremony online, we are protecting the health and safety of the thousands of spectators that normally attend our ceremony and thus further limit the spread of COVID-19.

Memorial Day 2020 Tribune Video

N.D. Guard Continues Deep Cleaning

N.D. National Guard Airmen teamed-up with a local contractor to perform a 'deep cleaning' at a Fargo congregate living facility on May 18 and 19. Facilities like this are taking additional sanitation precautions to help protect some of our state's most vulnerable populations. Thanks to the efforts of these Happy Hooligans, residents and their families will have improved confidence of the level of sanitation within their living areas.

N.D. National Guard Airmen wipe surfaces with sanitizing material and mop floors as they assist a contractor in ‘deep cleaning’ a Fargo congregate living facility on May 18.

Senior Airman Mason Nelson and Senior Airman Thomas Gryskiewicz wear their personal protective equipment while serving with a cleaning detail at a congregate living facility in Fargo on May 18.

Happy Hooligan Airmen sanitize a bedroom at a congregate living facility in Fargo on May 19.

Airman 1st Class Ashleigh Stuvland, wipes surfaces with sanitizer as she participates in a ‘deep cleaning’ effort at a congregate living facility in Fargo on May 19.

N.D. Airmen Assist in Deep Cleaning

Top Left, N.D. Air National Guard Airmen make their way through a hallway while wearing their PPE (personal protective equipment) carrying sanitizing materials for ‘deep cleaning’ efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus at a Fargo congregate living facility on May 18. Bottom Left, Airman 1st Class Alexis Thomas mops the floor with sanitizing liquid. Right, Staff Sgt. Ashley Laine sanitizes a bathroom.

COVID-19 Testing Devils Lake

The N.D. National Guard help support mobile COVID-19 testing site in Devils Lake on May 17. The Guard partnered with the N.D. Department of Health and the Lake Region District Health Unit.

Capt. Justin Huber, 816th Military Police Company, puts data collection forms into a clipboard at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Devils Lake on May 17.

Spc. Madison Wigness, 816th Military Police Company, collects data at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Devils Lake on May 17. The passengers of the vehicle write down their information and hold it against their window for volunteers to copy it onto the forms as they move through the line.

The N.D. National Guard supported local public health to stage a COVID-19 mobile testing site in Devils Lake on May 17.

Spc. Scott Melbarzdis, 816th Military Police Company, and Sherry Adams, executive officer for the Southwestern District Health Unit, verify the information on the test kits at a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Devils Lake on May 17. The tests are placed in coolers on ice during transport to the state lab in Bismarck for processing.

COVID-19 Mobile Testing Trenton, N.D.

Guard partners with Sisseton/Wahpeton Oyate for COVID-19 testing

The N.D. National Guard supported mobile COVID-19 testing site at the Dakota Magic Casino near Hankinson, N.D. The May 21 testing was in support of the Sisseton-Wahpeton-Oyate Nation.

Scott Davis, Executive Director of the N.D. Indian Affairs Commission talks with Lt. Col. Patrick Flanagan, commander of the 81st Civil Support Team, at a mobile COVID-19 testing event on May 21 at the Dakota Magic Casino.

Chairman Donovan White of the Sisseton-Wahpeton-Oyate, extends gratitude to local volunteers, healthcare providers, and members of the N.D. National Guard for conducting mobile COVID-19 testing on May 21 at the Dakota Magic Casino.

May 19th Fargo Testing

Top, N.D. National Guard Soldiers collect administrative data during a COVID-19 testing event held at a transitional facility in Fargo on May 19. Bottom Left, Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner, gets tested for COVID-19 at the Cass County Jail on May 19. Bottom Right, Lt. Col. Dwight Harley, of the 119th Medical Group, is interviewed by local media after a COVID-19 testing event in Fargo on May 19.
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