On April 27, about 30 civilian educators boarded UH-60 Black Hawks bound for Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake. The flights originated from Dickinson, Williston, Minot, Fargo, Jamestown and Bismarck. The purpose of Educators' Day was to provide these "centers of influence" within our educational system a day of military experience, which included everything from a tour of the 164th Regional Institute's training facility and observing military classes in session, to rappelling from the tower; to firing Mk-19 grenade launcher and other simulators to eating military field rations, better known as MREs. Most of this group of civic leaders are educators and school counselors. (Top photo: Principal David Nowatzki, Carrington High School, rappels under the watchful eye of Staff Sgt. Joshua Peterson).
The educators were hosted by members of our Army Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion and were supported by members of the 164th Regional Training Institute as well as our Army Guard aviators.
Bridge Builder Award - North Dakota Broadcasters Association
The North Dakota Broadcasters Association (NDBA) was presented the N.D. Guard's Bridge Builder Award. The Bridge Builder award consists of a panel pin, which is used to connect sections of the U.S. Army Bailey Bridge. Like the bridge pin, this award represents the bonds between our organizations and the bridges built together ensuring readiness and enduring success of the North Dakota National Guard.
Our Army Guard recruiters meet monthly with members of the NDBA at various locations around the state. These engagements allow the participants to discuss recruiting and build on the great relationships between the broadcasters and our recruiters. The NDBA is committed to helping our recruiting effort through the broadcast of National Guard advertising. Recruiters can use these relationships to tell the North Dakota National Guard story and highlight outstanding recruits across the state.
9th Annual Camp Grafton Boy Scouts Merit Badge Week-end
Over 70 Boy Scouts from all across North Dakota descended on Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake April 27-28, to partner with instructors from the 164th Regional Training Institute (164 RTI). The 164th RTI instructors taught five Merit Badge classes to the Boy Scouts; cooking, plumbing, home repair, fire safety and orienteering.
The Command Staff of the state Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) held its first meeting on May 1 at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, to assist flood-affected communities through the recovery process. While much has already been done to assist those suffering losses and damages, the MACC provides a framework for coordination of state, federal and non-governmental agencies.
Utilizing public and private partners and disaster recovery processes to address agriculture, residential and economic issues, MACC is poised to meet the needs of our citizens during disasters as much as possible.
Briefing with the Boss
The 119th Wing, also known as the Happy Hooligans, teamed up with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to host approximately 30 employers for the annual Briefing with the Boss.
The event welcomed employers to the Air National Guard base to showcase the capabilities of the 119th Wing, to explain the mission of ESGR and to thank the employers for their support to the North Dakota National Guard.