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TAG Line June 14, 2019

Above: Airman 1st Class Nathan Kankelfitz leads Staff Sgt. Garrett Rixs, both fire fighters in the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron, as they conduct a search for victims through a smoky hallway following a simulated enemy attack during a training exercise at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., June 8, 2019.

Hooligan Engineers win top Air National Guard Award

The 119th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), of the 119th Wing, was presented the Colonel William L. Deneke Outstanding Civil Engineer Unit Award for excellence for the time period spanning Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018. This recognition is awarded to the Air National Guard outstanding civil engineer unit of the year, chosen from more than 90 civil engineer units in the 54 states and territories. The unit was also presented this award in 1997.

Hooligan engineers celebrate with the Colonel William L. Deneke Outstanding Civil Engineer Unit Award.

Among the many accomplishments that lead to the recognition: The Happy Hooligan engineers spearheaded, supervised and accomplished multiple construction projects on their base; successfully deployed 63 members for Air Expeditionary Force participation world-wide and was recognized as the 332nd Wing’s top unit at its deployed Air Force Central Command location; and it rapidly mobilized disaster relief beddown set (DRBS) equipment to be airlifted to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. This top-level award demonstrates that our CES engineers are always ready.

14K Honors Fallen Soldiers

The 14K Fallen Soldiers Run/Walk was held June 1 in Devils Lake. The distance, 14K, is one kilometer for every Soldier in the North Dakota National Guard who was killed in action. The event, which began in 2009, has donated more than $32,000 to TAPS-ND.

Master Sgt. Jeff Barta (left) and Dave Schmidt run during the annual 14K to remember the North Dakota National Guardsmen who were killed in action June 1 in Devils Lake.

Runners complete the annual North Dakota National Guard 14K. This annual event is held to honor and remember the 14 North Dakota National Guardsmen who were killed in action in support of the Global War on Terror. Left to right: James Charles, Ch. (Capt.) Scott Noyes, Staff. Sgt. Chad Shockman and his wife Tudi.

Hooligans Conduct Training Exercises during Extended Drill Session

Staff Sgt. Taylor Gerdes, a fire fighter with the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron, carries an Airman acting as an attack victim during a training exercise at the air National Guard base in Fargo June 9.

Senior Airman Abigail Swanson, of the 119th Medical Group, administers medical treatment to an Airman acting as an attack victim during a training exercise at the air National Guard base in Fargo June 9.

8th Annual Fish Camp is a Success

The North Dakota National Guard Child and Youth Program along with Lure 'em For Life and N.D. Game and Fish conducted a military Fish Camp at Camp of the Cross in Garrison June 2-6. The camp was free for military children ages 8-15. Forty-six children participated thanks to the great work of the six volunteer squad leaders and two junior camp counselors.

Lure 'em for Life for life provided 12 boats with volunteer fisherman, bait and the rods, and N.D. Game and Fish conducted fish curriculum during the day, the children took part in baiting hooks, tying knots, making lures, casting, spinners, fish identification and much more. The evenings consisted of team building games, resiliency skills, outdoor movie nights, squad competitions, and ended every night with a camp fire. "The best part of camp is seeing all of the military kid connections," said Mandy Malo, Military Youth Coordinator for the North Dakota National Guard. "Our camps are so unique because of the connections these military kids make."

Top left: Camper Wyatt Morrison shows off the first salmon ever caught at Fish Camp. Top right: Campers and volunteer squad leaders and counselors. Bottom: The biggest fish was caught by Harper Elijah, a 15 pound, 32 inch Northern Pike.

Happy Hooligan Security Forces Practice Self-Defense

119th Wing security forces members practice combatives skills at the Cass County sheriff's department's gym on June 11. Combatives, a term for hand-to-hand combat training and techniques within the United States military, are used to gain dominance over attackers security forces may encounter while on duty.

Top left: Staff Sgt. Tricia Mowery, left, and Tech. Sgt. Chris Settle practice combatives techniques. Right: Airman 1st Class Brian Schreiner, top, and Airman 1st Class Nelson Engle practice combatives techniques as instructor Staff Sgt. Steven Brauner looks on. Bottom: Tech. Sgt. Michael Bullen, top, and Senior Airman Benjamin Nelson practice combatives techniques under watchful eye of instructor Staff Sgt. Steven Brauner.

Saber Guardian 2019: 141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade adjusting to life in the field

Top: Objects may appear closer than they seem; Maj. Jay Sheldon shaves using the side mirror of a humvee. Bottom Left: Three hours and a little sunlight is all you need for a warm shower in the field. Bottom right: Master Sgt. David Reed hangs up tarp between two conex to make a shower for Soldiers.

Personal Hygiene is critical to mission success and soldier readiness. During Saber Guardian 2019, our warriors have been exposed to conducting training in a field environment here in Romania. This being the case, the Soldier’s creativity and inventiveness has been put to the test, as they have found ways to effectively utilize the limited resources at their disposal to maintain the high standard of personal hygiene expected from the men and women of the U.S. Army.