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TAG Line November 12, 2021

Maj. Nicolette Dashendorf, commander, N.D. Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, spoke at a luncheon honoring Veterans at the United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, Nov. 10, 2021. (National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Veterans Day at the capitol

Local veterans groups hosted the annual Veterans Day observance at the North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021. The key note speaker for the event was Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, deputy adjutant general for the N.D. National Guard. Distinguished guests rendering remarks were Gov. Doug Burgum, commander and chief of the N.D. National Guard; Sen. John Hoeven; Congressman Kelly Armstrong; Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken, and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general.

Alice Delzer and Rhonda Gail perform the National Anthem during the annual Veterans Day observance at the Heritage Center, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021

Governor Doug Burgum, commander and chief of the N.D. National Guard, renders remarks during the annual Veterans Day observance at the Heritage Center, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021.
Sen. John Hoeven renders remarks during the annual Veterans Day observance at the Heritage Center, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, deputy commander of the N.D. Guard, renders remarks as the key note speaker during the annual Veterans Day observance at the Heritage Center, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, renders remarks during the annual Veterans Day observance at the Heritage Center, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021.
Retired Col. Vern Fetch, rings the the bell 11 times at the annual Veterans Day observance at the Heritage Center, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021. The number of rings is in honor of when the World War I armistice went into effect. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Nov. 11, 1918.

Bringing a Veterans Day message to students

Major Justin Wilz, N.D. National Guard, N.D. Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion executive officer, was featured as the keynote speaker for the Veterans Day ceremony hosted by St. Mary's Central High School, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021. (Story and photos courtesy of Lisa Koch)

Major Justin Wilz, N.D. National Guard, N.D. Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion executive officer, renders remarks as the keynote speaker for Veterans Day ceremony at St. Mary's Central High School, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021. The program featured photos highlighting Wilz's military career.
Major Justin Wilz, N.D. National Guard, N.D. Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion executive officer, renders remarks as the keynote speaker for Veterans Day ceremony at St. Mary's Central High School, Bismarck, Nov. 11, 2021

Veterans Honoring Luncheon

Maj. Nicolette Dashendorf, commander, N.D. Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, spoke at a luncheon honoring Veterans at the United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, Nov. 10, 2021. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Dashendorf shared her military experiences and spoke about on how our Native American communities serve in uniform in high numbers. Her remarks included Master Sgt. Woodrow "Woody" Keeble. Keeble, a member of the N.D. National Guard, who served in World War II and the Korean War. A member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, he's one of the most decorated Soldiers in North Dakota National Guard history earning the Medal of Honor posthumously in 2008 for heroic actions in Korea. Keeble is also a recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider award. In 2019, the N.D. National Guard introduced The Master Sergeant Woodrow W. Keeble “Je Suis Pret” (I Am Ready) Award in his honor. Since its inception, 24 North Dakota Soldiers and 4 Airmen have received this award.

The United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) Veteran Color Guard posts the colors during a luncheon honoring Veterans at UTTC, Bismarck, Nov. 10, 2021.

The drum group comprised of the Fort Yates Singers perform a song honoring Veterans at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, Nov. 10, 2021.

Maj. Nicolette Dashendorf, commander, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, stands at attention as the UTTC Veteran Color Guard posts the colors at the beginning of a luncheon honoring Veterans at the United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, Nov. 10, 2021.

Maj. Nicolette Dashendorf, commander, N.D. Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, renders remarks at a luncheon honoring Veterans at the United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, Nov. 10, 2021. 
Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald, president United Tribes Technical College (UTTC), presents Maj. Nicolette Dashendorf an honor blanket for serving as the keynote speaker at a luncheon honoring Veterans, UTTC, Bismarck, Nov. 10, 2021

Veteran Speaks to Kiwanis

Major Jay Sheldon, N.D. National Guard's strategic, plans and policy officer, was invited to render remarks during a luncheon honoring Veterans at the Eagles Club, Mandan, N.D., Nov. 8, 2021. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

After his remarks which included comments honoring Veterans and an update on N.D. National Guard activities, Sheldon answered questions from the members.

Major Jay Sheldon, N.D. National Guard, spoke at the invitation of the Mandan Kiwanis at the Eagles Club, Mandan, N.D., Nov. 8, 2021.

University honors veterans

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jon Wymer, Wisconsin National Guard, was the guest speaker for the University of Mary's Veterans Day Chapel Service, Bismarck, N.D., Nov. 11, 2021. (Photos courtesy of Grace M. Ballalatak, University of Mary)

Wymer, who served as the state chaplain for the N.D. National Guard from 2019 to 2020, was invited back to Bismarck by the university to render remarks in honor of Veterans Day.

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jon Wymer, center, Wisconsin National Guard, is welcomed to the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D., Nov. 11, 2021. Escorting Wymer, is Msgr. Chad Gion, a chaplain with the N.D. Army National Guard.

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jon Wymer, Wisconsin National Guard, renders remarks in honor of Veterans Day, at the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D., Nov. 11, 2021.

MORE HOOLIGANS come HOME

Eight Happy Hooligans of the 219th Security Forces Squadron returned from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia at Minot International Airport, Minot, North Dakota, Nov. 4, 2021. The deployment was a regularly scheduled Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) reserve component period (RCP) deployment. (Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, 119th Wing)

Staff Sergeant Seth LaBodda, 219th Security Forces Squadron, is greeted with an embrace upon his return home to Minot International Airport, Minot, North Dakota, Nov. 4, 2021.

Leaders from the 219th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) greet their Airmen returning home from deployment at the Minot International Airport, Minot, N.D. Nov. 4, 2021.

Airmen of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, Staff Sgt. Seth LaBodda, left, and Tech. Sgt. Stuart Miles, look for their luggage at baggage claim upon their return home to the Minot International Airport, Minot, N.D., Nov. 4, 2021.

Technical Sergeant Zachary Parkman, 219th Security Forces Squadron, is greeted by his wife and daughter upon his return home from deployment to Minot International Airport, Minot, N.D., Nov. 4, 2021.

Staff Sergeant Alex Pauling, 219th Security Forces Squadron, and his wife pull his luggage to their vehicle upon his return home from deployment to Minot International Airport, Minot, N.D., Nov. 4, 2021.

Another late night Happy Hooligan reunion was in honor of Staff Sgt. Logan Blavik, 119th Communications Flight, as he was greeted by friends and family at Hector International Airport, Fargo, N.D., Nov. 5, 2021. Blavik completed a six-month deployment to southwest Asia.

Staff Sergeant Logan Balvik, 119th Communications Flight, holds up a welcome home sign at the Hector International Airport, Fargo, N.D., upon completion of his six-month deployment to southwest Asia, Nov. 5, 2021.

Staff Sergeant Logan Balvik, 119th Communications Flight, is greeted by his mother as he returns home to Hector International Airport, Fargo, N.D., Nov. 5, 2021.
Staff Sergeant Logan Balvik, 119th Communications Flight, is greeted with a hug from his girlfriend during his return to Hector International Airport, Fargo, N.D., Nov. 5, 2021.

Camp's Boat Launch Ready

The N.D. National Guard's Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) near Devils Lake, recently completed a boat launch near the construction equipment-training area. (National Guard story and photos by Maj. Luke D. Malheim, CGTC)

The boat launch, built by a civilian contractor, will support the launch of U.S. Army bridge boats into the waters of Devils Lake. It will also support Bridge Crewmember (12C) training conducted by the 164th Regional Training Institute and also be available for privately owned watercraft in support of CGTC's MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) activities, when not in use for training.

A hydraulic excavator fills a dump truck during construction of a boat launch at the Camp Grafton Training Center, Sept. 30, 2021. This launch will provide access to the waters of Devils Lake for U.S. Army bridge boats and civilian watercraft as well as supporting Bridge Crewmember (12C) training. A temporary water break holding water back during construction, can be seen in the water about 50 feet from existing shoreline.

Camp Grafton Training Center's newly poured concrete pad at a boat launch is wrapped in plastic to aid curing, Oct. 5, 2021.

This photo taken Nov. 9, 2021 depicts the newly finished boat ramp at Camp Grafton Training Center that will allow the launch of U.S. Army bridge boats and civilian watercraft into the waters of Devils Lake. It also supports Bridge Crewmember (12C) training.

Customers using CGTC facilities have long suggested that camp provide a way for visitors to take advantage of the Devils Lake waters that borders the camp, when they are off duty. This lake is one of the best fisheries in the upper mid-west.

As a response to these suggestions, CGTC built a fishing pier and a RV Park this year as the N.D. National Guard continues to grow the MWR capabilities of this great training facility. The RV park was featured in the July 1, 2021 issue of the TAG Line.

A fishing pier at Camp Grafton Training Center was completed this year. Suggested by feedback surveys, it enables students and other camp customers without boats a way to enjoy fishing in Devils Lake. Photo Nov. 9, 2021.

ARmy Guard Email Migration

The N.D. National Guard's G-6 hosted a professional development class on email migration at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck, Nov. 10, 2021. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

U.S. Army users nationwide are migrating to another email domain and with it comes new email addresses. The goal of the professional development was to provide users information about the migration. The first part email address (email handle) for all users will remain the same, but the extension (domain address) is changing from 'first.m.last.mil@mail.mil' to 'first.m.last.mil@army.mil'.

Luke Eberle, IT specialist with the N.D. National Guard's G-6, spoke about the email migration at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck, Nov. 10, 2021.
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