Army Band Leads Bismarck Band Night
About 20 Soldiers of the North Dakota National Guard's 188th Army Band out of Fargo, were in Bismarck to showcase their musical skills when they participated in the city's annual Band Night. Over 30 bands and organizations marched in the event.
This event helps keep the Band proficient in marching while performing, a task from the unit's Mission-Essential Task List (METL). The METL are collective skills that Army units are required to accomplish.
Recently, seven N.D. Guard Soldiers participated in the Chief of the National Guard Bureau's Postal Phase III marksmanship competition. The competition was held May 5-11 at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center in Arkansas. These types of competition enhance individual Soldier lethality.
Senator John Hoeven (left) meets with Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann (center) and other staff members in Washington, D.C. this past week. Hoeven sponsored a bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Kevin Cramer, which addresses the dual compensation issue (currently, G.I. Bill cannot be simultaneously used with Federal Tuition Assistance) while U.S. Rep. Armstrong has agreed to support the 911 Saves Act. All of our N.D. delegates have previously supported the TRICARE Reform Act.
While in the nation's capital on May 14, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general (center left) and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, senior enlisted leader (center right) visited the Togo embassy to meet with the Togolese Ambassador to the United States, the honorable Frederic Edem Hegbe (center) and some of his staff. Visiting with the ambassador helps maintain our great relationship with our State Partnership Program partner.
Dohrmann also addressed attendees during an annual National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) social. All three of our state’s congressional delegation were present along with numerous general officers and retired general officers. Additional members of the audience included members of the North Dakota National Guard and community members from Minot, Grand Forks and Fargo that support the military activity in their respective areas.
MPs Conduct Annual Training in Montana
About 100 Soldiers with the Dickinson-based 816th Military Police (MP) Company are conducting annual training in the Helena, Montana area this month. The MP unit’s annual training is focused on warfighting collective tasks that increase small unit lethality and Soldier proficiency which in turn help build the unit’s combat readiness.