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TAG Line April 3, 2020

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Deitra "Dee" Harr analyzes the number of positive COVID-19 cases by county on March 31. Harr works with the Information and Intelligence group in support of the State Emergency Operations Center at Fraine Barracks . The N.D. National Guard has been supporting the COVID-19 response since the state emergency declaration on March 13.

A Message from our Adjutant General

N.D. National Guard Assists State Laboratory

The N.D. National Guard Soldiers are helping fight the COVID-19 virus at the N.D. Department of Health lab in Bismarck. Seventeen Soldiers are on duty and assisting with the process of collecting samples ensuring they are ready for testing. N.D. Guard personnel are also helping with administrative work so the Department of Health can operate 24 hours a day.

Pfc. Kevin Alg, 131st Military Police Battalion, processes specimens for COVID-19 virus testing at The N.D. Department of Health lab on April 3 in Bismarck.

Sgt. Joshua Adams, 3662nd Service Maintenance Company, talks with microbiologist Lisa Wingerter while helping secure specimens for COVID-19 virus testing at the N.D. Department of Health lab on April 3.

Sgt. Joshua Adams, 3662nd Service Maintenance Company, helps process specimens for COVID-19 virus testing at the N.D. Department of Health lab on April 3.

Spc. Justin Heth, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, brings in a package of specimens to the lab for COVID-19 virus testing at the N.D. Department of Health lab on April 3.

Maj. Ida Erickson briefs Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann at Fraine Barracks on March 31. Erickson, a member of the Information and Intelligence group, is supporting the State Emergency Operations Center. The N.D. National Guard continues to work alongside our state partners to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Maj. Aaron Norgaard, National Guard liaison to the N.D. Department of Health (NDDoH), is interviewed by KX News reporter Renee Cooper on April 3 at the NDDoH lab in Bismarck. The interview discussed the N.D. National Guard's role in assisting with the COVID-19 response.

Lt. Col. Mark McEvers, Facilitator of the Prevention Planning Group, explains the planning process to reporter Renee Cooper of KX News in Bismarck, on April 3. This Unified Command Planning Section group is working to incorporate the whole of community approach to the COVID-19 response.

Maj. Karl Altenburg, who is assisting the Workforce Coordination Center, participates in a virtual meeting on April 3. Those who are involved in response efforts are also practicing physical distancing by conducting business and meetings through online platforms.

Vietnam Veterans Day

On March 29 we saluted a special group of Americans. Gov. Doug Burgum formally thanked these service men and women for their service and sacrifice in a news release and proclamation declaring March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day. Approximately 2.7 million Americans served in Vietnam, among them 15,000 North Dakotans, more than 58,000 died, including 198 North Dakotans.

This year marks the 11th anniversary of Vietnam Veterans Day as an official North Dakota state holiday. The 61st Legislative Assembly passed legislation in 2009 in honor and remembrance of all Veterans of this war.

On every Vietnam Veterans Day, we express gratitude to a generation of Service members and Families who served and sacrificed greatly. To those that returned home forever changed by the scars of war, and to the tens of thousands who did not return, we honor you. Welcome home. Courtesy Photo by Associated Press.

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