Senior Airman Jhon Cerna, 119th Services Flight, empties a pan of green peppers onto a cooking surface as he helps prepare a hot fajita meal for unit training assembly lunch at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Jan. 10, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H Lipp)
N.D. Guard / N.D. Department of Human Services Receive U.S. Army Award
The U.S. Army recognized the N.D. National Guard and the N.D. Department of Human Services’ Division of Field Services with the 2020 Army Community Partnership Award during a virtual ceremony on January 13, 2020. This award recognizes the collaboration between the two agencies in an initiative to mitigate the risk of suicide by service members. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
This award is given to Army agencies and installations that demonstrate partnerships which improve the lives of Service members and their Families, enhance Army readiness and build stronger community relationships. For more information click the news release.
Other participants in the podcast include 2nd Lt. Kathleen Alejandro, a registered nurse from Task Force Center, who praises local hospitals and officials on how their teamwork has helped to navigate the unique challenges of the pandemic. Also rendering comments are Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brian Martinus also of Task Force Center, who emphasizes the importance placed on behavioral health and religious support in order to maintain the moral of the task force and the success of the mission.
Sgt. Scott Leidholm, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, collects data from a COVID-19 test participant at the N.D. State Capitol in Bismarck on July 6, 2020.
"Maintaining meal service while the force deals with the COVID-19 pandemic is important for Airman morale - especially the hot meal service,” said Staff Sgt. William Case, of the 119th Services Flight.
Senior Airman Jhon Cerna, 119th Services Flight, stirs a pan of green peppers and onions in a cooking surface as he helps prepare a hot fajita meal for unit training assembly lunch at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo on Jan. 10.
The meal service is an important part of training for the 119th Services Flight personnel. The challenge of maintaining social distancing requirements has not prevented the flight from accomplishing the rest of their training requirements for deployment during the pandemic.
817th Engineer Company Weekend Drill
About 78 Soldiers of the Jamestown-based 817th Engineer Company traveled to Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) for their IDT (Inactive Duty Training) Jan. 8 to 10, 2021. The engineers practiced their marksmanship skills with CGTC's Engagement Skills Trainer, and conducted their annual required Soldier record checks. The Soldiers also participated in the new Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Ben Halvorson, Camp Grafton Training Center Operations)
The N.D. National Guard has been a part of the Williston community since 1902. In 2006, Company B, 164th Engineer Battalion converted to the current 818th Engineer Company. The unit served in Afghanistan for nearly a year from April 2012 to March 2013.
Soldiers of the North Dakota National Guard's 818th Engineer Company (Sapper) board their chartered flight beginning their year-long deployment to Afghanistan at the Bismarck Airport, Bismarck, N.D. on April 30, 2012. (National Guard photo by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)