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TAG Line January 8, 2021

Top photo: Gov. Doug and Mrs. Kathryn Burgum are escorted by Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, into a joint session of the 67th N.D. Legislative Assembly convened in the state House chamber on Jan. 5, 2021. (National Guard photo by Sgt. Michaela C. P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

COVID-19 Vaccine Townhall

Col. Todd Schafer, N.D. Army National Guard state surgeon looks up as Col. Brian Delage, N.D. National Guard State Air Surgeon (on screen), answers a question during an informational townhall meeting at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 4, 2021. The officers provided information about the COVID-19 vaccines to be administered to N.D. National Guard members.

Col. Brian Delage, N.D. National Guard State Air Surgeon and Col. Todd Schafer, N.D. Army National Guard State Surgeon, led an informational townhall discussing upcoming COVID-19 vaccinations at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 4, 2021. These two medical doctors discussed all known information on the vaccines available from Pfizer and Moderna. Items discussed included effectiveness, how the vaccines were approved for use, priority of vaccination and the time between doses which is dependent on the manufacturer. This 90-minute townhall was broadcast throughout the state and included a question and answer period. Priority of personnel offered the vaccines are determined by a tier system and key leaders as identified by the adjutant general. Both Army and Air components of the N.D. National Guard began administering doses later the same day which currently is optional for Department of Defense members. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Col. Todd Schafer, N.D. Army National Guard state surgeon, discusses the COVID-19 vaccine during an informational townhall at Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 4, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, closed out the townhall by expressing his appreciation of the subject-matter officers leading the vaccine informational briefing. He spoke about the vaccine’s role in force protection stressing that accepting the vaccine is optional at this time. Dohrmann reminded the force that in addition to ongoing COVID-19 support, we must continue training and preparing to accomplish our normal federal and state missions.

Hooligans Begin COVID-19 Vaccinations

Members of the 119th Wing began receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, on a voluntary basis, in a tiered priority order as determined by the Department of Defense at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., on Jan. 4, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

The COVID-19 vaccines are a result of Operation Warp Speed, a joint effort using the resources of the federal government and the U.S. private sector to accelerate the testing, supply, development and distribution of safe and effective vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics to counter COVID-19. In December 2020, the Federal Drug Administration issued emergency use authorizations to the vaccine candidates of two private sector companies, Pfizer and Moderna. The Moderna vaccine is administered in two separate doses, with the second dose administered no sooner than 28 days after the first. Airmen will be notified of their eligibility to receive the vaccine by their chain of command.

“Operation Warp Speed is an incredible achievement by our government agencies and private industry working together to fight COVID-19,” said Col. Darrin Anderson, 119th Wing commander, after receiving his vaccination.

Tech. Sgt. Roman Gaughan, 119th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of immunizations, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Col. Darrin Anderson, 119th Wing commander, at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Jan. 4, 2021.

“The N.D. Army and Air National Guard surgeons did a fantastic job presenting the facts surrounding the development process and answering many great questions from the field," said Anderson. "This gave me a high level of confidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.”

Tech. Sgt. Roman Gaughan reviews screening questions prior to administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Senior Master Sgt. Brandi Grossman, 119th Security Forces Squadron, on Jan. 4, 2021.

Tech. Sgt. Roman Gaughan, 119th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of immunizations, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to Col. Mitch Johnson, 119th Wing vice commander, at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., on Jan. 4, 2021.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is an important part of our readiness, and will directly enhance our ability to execute state and federal missions,” said Johnson.

Tech. Sgt. Roman Gaughan administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Master Sgt. Josh Swisher, 119th Security Forces Squadron, on Jan 4, 2021.

N.D. Guard Soldiers Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Col. Brian Keller, deputy state surgeon for the N.D. Army National Guard, led the initial vaccine administration efforts for N.D. Guard Soldiers at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 4, 2021. Members currently receiving the vaccine are vital to the state COVID-19 testing mission. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Brett Miller, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

N.D. National Guard Soldiers complete paperwork while waiting to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 4, 2021.

Col. Brian Keller, N.D. Army National Guard deputy state surgeon, prepares Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to administer to N.D. National Guard Soldiers on Jan. 4, 2021 at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck.

Sgt. 1st Class Tanner Norton, of the State Medical Detachment, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Staff Sgt. Jory Shypkowski, 81st Civil Support Team, at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 4, 2021.

Spc. Samuel Zezeus, N.D. Army National Guard's State Medical Detachment, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Sgt. 1st Class Brett Miller, 116th Public Affairs Detachment, on Jan. 4, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brent Miller, 81st Civil Support Team)

Capt. Bradley Miller, 131st Military Police Battalion, receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Spc. Samuel Zezeus, N.D. Army National Guard's State Medical Detachment, at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 4, 2021.

TAG Visits ARNORTHCOM Medical

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general, visited members of Joint Task Force - North Dakota, at Fraine Barracks on Jan 6, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general, visited with members of Joint Task Force - North Dakota, at Fraine Barracks on Jan 6, 2021. The purpose of the visit was for Dohrmann to thank these men and women for their endeavors in helping the citizens of North Dakota during the COVID-19 pandemic. These service members were assigned to the state by U.S. Army North (ARNORTH) to assist civilian health entities across the state. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)

Guard Supports State of the State

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general, led members of the N.D. National Guard in support of the governor's 2021 State of the State activities at the Joint Session of the 67th Legislative Assembly on Jan. 5, 2021. The assembly convened in the N.D. state House chambers. The adjutant general escorted Governor Burgum and his wife, while other Guard members escorted other dignitaries. Guard Soldiers also performed color guard duties. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Maj. Jay Sheldon, left, strategic plans and policy officer for the N.D. National Guard, escorts Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, center, into the House chamber during a Joint Session of the 67th Legislative Assembly and the State of the State address by the Governor. Dwight Eckart, right, assistant sergeant at arms for the N.D. House, announces the Sanford’s entry (Photo by Poppy Mills, N.D. Department of Transportation)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kelly G. Mathisen, a member of the color guard, carries the North Dakota state flag into position while persons present for the Joint Session of the 67th Legislative Assembly state render honors, on Jan. 5, 2021. (Photo by Poppy Mills, N.D. Department of Transportation)

Chaplain (Col.) David Johnson, center, state chaplain for the N.D. National Guard, issued the invocation and benediction to open and close the Joint Session of the 67th Legislative and the State of the State proceedings on Jan. 5, 2021.

Military Funeral Honors Training

Four N.D. Army National Guard instructors taught the three-day military funeral honors (MFH) course to thirteen N.D. National Guard Soldiers at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Fargo, N.D., Jan 4 to 6, 2021. The training provides instruction on military funeral honors procedures, practices and policies for Soldiers interested participating in the program. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

Spc. Logan Vetter, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, second from right, provides military funeral honors positioning and flag-folding instruction for Spc. Molly Johnson, Spc. Brian Titus, right, and Spc. Tyler LaJeunesse during a three-day military funeral honors course in Fargo on Jan 5, 2021.

The funeral service sequences include many different funeral positions and activities like formal flag folding and presentation of the flag for survivors. The three day course is the pre-curser to the level-one course, which qualities Soldiers to be instructors.

Spc. Logan Vetter, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, center, provides military funeral honors positioning and flag-folding instructions for Spc. Molly Johnson, left, and Spc. Brian Titus during a three-day military funeral honors course at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Fargo, N.D., Jan 5, 2021.

Almost all Veterans, other than those dishonorably discharged, are eligible for military funeral honors. Most are also eligible for free items such as headstones, markers, and burial flag. Military funeral honors can be administered at either a Veterans or private cemetery.

Sgt. Deseandra Conner, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, grades the efforts of Spc. Gunnar Tangen, during the testing phase of a three-day military funeral honors course at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Fargo, N.D., Jan 6, 2021.

Top left photo: Warrant Officer 1 Mark Kubat, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, center, grades the efforts of Spc. Molly Johnson, left, and Sgt. Taylor Nelson during the testing phase of a three-day military funeral honors course in Fargo, N.D., on Jan 6, 2021. Top right; Spc. Brian Titus salutes the folded flag held by Spc. Tyler LaJeunesse on Jan 6. Bottom: Kubat, left, representing a surviving spouse, accepts a folded flag from Spc. Avery Johnson on Jan 6, 2021.

Col. Roerick Retires

Col. Daryl Roerick salutes at the conclusion of his retirement ceremony at Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 5, 2021. Roerick served in the N.D. Army National Guard for over 35 years. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his many accomplishments during his career culminating as the G-4 Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics. (National Guard story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Vehicle Maintenance - Vital to Hooligan Mission

The 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance personnel keep equipment running during harsh winter weather and increased operational demands by the N.D. Air National Guard. The 119th Civil Engineer Squadron expects approximately 40 pieces of additional heavy equipment for their new Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) training system at the N.D. Air National Guard Regional Training Site (RTS). The additional equipment paired with the existing vehicles will challenge the maintenance personnel more than ever. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs)

“The new RADR equipment will almost double the equipment operated at the RTS. This equipment is used by students in a rigorous training schedule. Vehicle maintenance provides great support keeping this equipment running and repairing them as quickly as possible to help ensure the students receive maximum stick time during training,” said Lt. Col. Jason Olheiser, 119th Civil Engineer Squadron.

Tech. Sgt. Casey Schroeder, a 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron heavy mobile equipment mechanic, checks fluids on a pickup in the vehicle maintenance area of the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Jan. 6, 2021.

Schroeder runs diagnostics tests on a pickup truck on Jan. 6, 2021.

“It is a constant challenge to keep up with changing automotive technology as the electronics continue to evolve on all of our vehicles and heavy equipment,” said Senior Master Sgt. Steve Koenig, the vehicle maintenance superintendent. The mechanics in vehicle maintenance are continually running electronic diagnostics, troubleshooting and repairing equipment as they maintain 160 vehicles and mobile equipment on the base.

“My Airmen are highly trained professionals and really do a great job learning about the new technology and working constantly at keeping up with the demands of our base, so we can meet mission requirements,” Koenig added.

Tech. Sgt. Casey Schroeder, 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron A heavy mobile equipment mechanic, changes an air filter on a 2-1/2 yard all terrain loader in the vehicle maintenance area at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Jan. 6, 2021.

Schroeder runs diagnostics tests on a pickup truck on Jan. 6, 2021.

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