Air-Man of Action
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Fontaine, of the N.D. Air National Guard's Minot-based 219th Security Forces Squadron, unexpectedly found himself in position to help save the life of a 91-year-old Williston woman. Just before midnight on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, as he drove south on U.S. Highway 83 near the town of Max, Fontaine noticed flashing lights several yards off the west side of road with two vehicles parked on the shoulder. He saw an ambulance half-submerged in the slough. He learned the three-person ambulance crew managed to escape, but the patient, Dolores Paulson, was still trapped inside the flooding ambulance. Fontaine used his military training to help rescue the patient from the sinking ambulance. Click to read the full story by Minot Daily News.
Sgt. Taylor Trenda, left, and Sgt. Cord Lewis, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment (Assault) receive an Army Commander coin from Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan on Dec. 14 in recognition of their outstanding efforts in maintaining the North Dakota UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at the southwest border.
Preparing for Germany
On Dec. 14, Soldiers of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (MEDEVAC) conducted a Situational Training Exercise at McLean Bottoms south of Bismarck. The aviators are using their monthly drill to prepare for an extended annual training in Germany. The aviators will train in Europe with four 29-day rotations of 25 Soldiers each beginning in early spring and ending mid-summer. While at the combined training center in Germany, the N.D. aviators will partner with National Guard Soldiers and aircraft from Wisconsin and Idaho in support of DoD and NATO partners.