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TAG Line October 29, 2021

Governor Doug Burgum, left, accepts the North Dakota state flag carried by Company C, 2nd Battalion 285th Aviation Regiment, during their deployment to the National Capital Region (NCR). The flag was presented during the welcome home ceremony at the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility, Bismarck, on Oct. 24, 2021. The ceremony honored seventy Soldiers who were mobilized from November 2020 to August 2021. Also pictured from right is Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general; 1st Sgt. Mitch McCoy; and Capt. Robert Sorensen, unit commander. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brandi Schmidt, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

North Dakota Welcomes Unit Home

Approximately seventy Soldiers assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment (ASSAULT) were honored at a welcome home ceremony at the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility, Bismarck, Oct. 24, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Staff Sgt. Brandi Schmidt, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

The Soldiers were recognized for a successful nine-month mobilization (November 2020 to August 2021) to the National Capital Region. Their mission was transporting personnel and light cargo on UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in the Washington, D.C. area. The unit completed 1,300 flight hours during 55 missions with no accidents. Distinguished guests rendering remarks were Gov. Doug Burgum, commander and chief of the N.D. National Guard; Sen. John Hoeven; Sen. Kevin Cramer; Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general; and Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck, N.D. National Guard's state command sergeant major.

Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion 285th Aviation Regiment stand to be recognized during their welcome home ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D. on Oct. 24, 2021.

Governor Doug Burgum, commander and chief of the N.D. National Guard, addresses Soldiers and Families of Company C, 2nd Battalion 285th Aviation Regiment during a welcome home ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D., Oct. 24, 2021.

Captain Rob Sorensen, commander of Company C, 2nd Battalion 285th Aviation Regiment, addresses Soldiers and their Families during a welcome home ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D., Oct. 24, 2021.
First Sergeant Mitch McCoy, Company C, 2nd Battalion 285th Aviation Regiment, addresses Soldiers and their Families during a welcome home ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D., Oct. 24, 2021.

Captain Rob Sorensen, commander of Company C, 2nd Battalion 285th Aviation Regiment, addresses Soldiers and their Families during a welcome home ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D., Oct. 24, 2021.

“We’re proud of the work they accomplished and want to recognize that success,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck, N.D. National Guard's state command sergeant major. He commended the unit because of the complimentary feedback he received on a conference call with senior leaders from NGB (National Guard Bureau).
“NGB leaders praised the N.D. National Guard Army aviators, stating they were one of the best units they had seen performing this mission,” Heck added.
Command Sergeant Major Derek Heck, N.D. state command sergeant major, addresses Soldiers and Families of Company C, 2nd Battalion 285th Aviation Regiment, during a welcome home ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility. Bismarck, N.D., Oct. 24, 2021.
“This unit had the highest operational rate of any aviation unit assigned to this mission and we continue to get great feedback on their duty performance,” said Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general.

Major General Al Dohrmann addresses the Soldiers and Families of Company C, 2nd Battalion 285th Aviation Regiment during a welcome home ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D., Oct. 24, 2021.

Music in Our Schools

The 188th Army Band performed in schools throughout North Dakota for their "Music in Our Schools Tour 2021". The tour started on Oct. 25, 2021, in Enderlin, and continued through Lisbon, Richardton, and other towns in North Dakota. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class DeAnn Fylling, 188th Army Band)

The Blues in Green ensemble, 188th Army Band, performs "Ho Hey" with choreography and encouraged audience participation at Richardton-Taylor High School, Richardton, N.D., Oct. 26, 2021.

The Blues in Green ensemble, 188th Army Band, performs for about 300 students and staff members at Richardton-Taylor High School, Richardton, N.D., Oct. 26, 2021.
Sergeant Zachary Fischer performs a guitar solo during “Living On a Prayer” at Richardton-Taylor High School, Richardton, Oct. 26, 2021.

Staff Sergeant Brian Lydeen, left, and Sgt. Kacie Edwards Pahl encourage audience participation during a Bruno Mars song called “Treasure” performed at South Heart Public School, South Heart, N.D., Oct. 27, 2021.

The Blues in Green horn line, left to right: Staff Sgt. Sam Kroll, Staff Sgt. Brian Lydeen, and Sgt. 1st Class DeAnn Fylling, incorporates choreography to entertain audiences at South Heart Public School, South Heart, N.D., Oct. 27, 2021.

Baysha, a student at South Heart, joins members of the 188th Army Band on stage to sing Taylor Swift’s song “Shake It Off”, performed at South Heart Public School, South Heart, N.D., Oct. 27, 2021.

Bismarck High Schools Honor Veterans

About 200 students from Bismarck, Century, and Legacy High schools combined voices to honor Veterans, Bismarck, N.D., Oct. 17, 2021. (National Guard story and photo by John Haugen, N.D. National Guard Visual Information)

The concert was themed “In Remembrance” in honor of all military service members. Many of the songs performed by the students were centered on patriotism in remembrance of the terrorist attacks on the nation on Sept. 11, 2001.

Legacy High School concert choir, performs songs in remembrance of the 20th Anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Legacy High School auditorium, Bismarck, N.D., Oct 17, 2021.

Hooligan Receives Scholarship

Senior Airman BreAnn Sullivan, 119th Wing, was pleasantly surprised during class at North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, on Oct. 27, 2021. Sullivan was presented a $5,000 Sanford Health military and Veterans’ scholarship check. (National Guard story by Chief Master David Lipp, 119th Wing)

The scholarship was presented in recognition of her leadership and commitment to her community. Sullivan is a sophomore in the NDSU nursing program.

Senior Airman BreAnn Sullivan at U.S. Air Force basic training portrait, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, January 2020.

Retired U.S. Navy Captain Paul Weckman, director of Sanford Health’s Department of Veterans and Military Services, presents a $5,000 Military and Veteran Scholarship check to North Dakota State University (NDSU) nursing student and N.D. Air National Guard member Senior Airman BreAnn Sullivan at NDSU on Oct. 27, 2021. (Photo by NDSU Media Relations Coordinator Ms. Brynn Rawlings)

North Dakota State University (NDSU) nursing student and N.D. Air National Guard Senior Airman BreAnn Sullivan holds a $5,000 scholarship check presented by Sanford Health as part of its Military and Veteran Scholarship program at NDSU on Oct. 27, 2021. (Photo by NDSU Media Relations Coordinator Ms. Brynn Rawlings)

Master Sergeant Tyler Freeman, left, and Senior Airman BreAnn Sullivan, wear their personal protective equipment during an exercise at the Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., June 4, 2021.

TAG Townhall

Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, N.D. National Guard adjutant general, hosted a townhall at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck, N.D., Oct. 27, 2021. (National Guard story and photos Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highlight, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

The main topic of discussion was explaining the N.D. National Guard's implementation policy for COVID-19 vaccinations. Full-time employees participated in person and virtually.

Top and bottom left: Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, N.D. National Guard adjutant general, addresses the audience during a townhall from Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck, Oct. 27, 2021. Bottom right: Lt. Col. Dan "Murph" Murphy, director of N.D. National Guard military support, explains the COVID-19 vaccine implementation plan, Raymond J. Bohn Armory, Bismarck, Oct. 27, 2021

Class Upgrade

The 164th Regional Training Institute-North Dakota (164th RTI-ND) at Camp Grafton Training Center, placed its newly remodeled classroom to into use this week. The 12T10 Technical Engineer course is taught over five phases at Camp Grafton Training Center. Soldiers attend four classes in person and one virtually. (National Guard story and photos by Maj. Brett Nelson, officer in charge, 164th RTI-ND)

This classroom upgrade was part of an effort to modernize learning through technological upgrades in order to promote collaborative learning in the classroom. Students use the new equipment to learn how to determine the maximum dry density and optimum moisture content of construction material by plotting laboratory compaction testing results into a graph. These quality control tests provide project managers information needed to make decisions during construction.

Top: Sergeant 1st Class Joshua Bement, left, a 164th Regional Training Institute-North Dakota instructor, teaches a class on soil compaction testing during 12T10, Phase 5. Sergeant 1st Class David Rodriguez, 479th Engineer Battalion, explains results from the exercise to the rest of the class. Bottom: New technology implemented at the 164th RTI-ND allow students to contribute from their individual work stations. Touch screen technology enables instructors to place real time graphing data on forms in front of each student.

Trunk or Treat

Military Families lined up to play games for prizes during the first ever Trunk or Treat at the raymond j. Bohn armory, Bismarck, Oct. 28, 2021.

The N.D. National Guard hosted its first ever "Trunk or Treat" event celebrating Halloween at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, Oct. 28, 2021. Over 440 children attended the event which featured a spooky bat maze, pet miniature horses, a goat, and hang out with super heroes. They also traveled through a monster car wash, and played carnival games for prizes.

The 68th Troop Command built a Spooky Car Wash at the Trunk or Treat event at Bohn Armory in Bismarck on Oct. 28.

The N.D. Army National Guard State Surgeon's office built a super hero and villian themed area at the first ever Trunk or Treat at Bohn Armory in Bismarck on Oct. 28.

The N.D. National Guard R3SP office built a Minecraft themed area at the Trunk or Treat event at Bohn Armory in Bismarck on Oct. 28.

The N.D. National Guard G-1 along with the N.D. National Army Guard Recruiting and Retention hosted a pumpkin patch and a petting zoo at the Trunk or Treat event celebrating Halloween at Bohn Armory in Bismarck on Oct. 28.

The N.D. National Guard Family Readiness office provided games for children to play at the first ever Trunk or Treat, Bismarck, Oct. 28.
The N.D. National Guard G-1 along with the N.D. National Army Guard Recruiting and Retention hosted a pumpkin patch and a petting zoo at the Trunk or Treat event celebrating Halloween at Bohn Armory in Bismarck on Oct. 28.
The 68th Troop Command built a Spooky Car Wash for the first ever Trunk or Treat at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck, Oct. 28, 2021.
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