Religious Support Teams
Quarterly, the N.D. National Guard Office of the Chaplain conducts training for all chaplains and religious affairs specialists in both the Army and Air National Guard. Typically, speakers representing agencies that the Religious Support Teams (RST) work with, render presentations. This event featured Darcie Handt, N.D. Cares, and Mandi Malo, N.D. National Guard Child and Youth Program. They discussed how their programs affect Soldiers, Airmen and our communities, and how resources from these agencies may assist Guard members in need.
Members of the N.D. Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) participated in the Main Street ND Summit held in Bismarck Oct. 29 to Oct. 31. Topics and activities featured discussions on hazard mitigation and community resilience.
Kathleen Donahue, deputy chief of NDDES planning section, participated on a panel titled "Community Planning 101" on Oct. 31, where she emphasized the importance of hazard mitigation planning as an investment in communities.
Photo: Cody Schulz, N.D. Homeland Security director, moderated a panel that focused on community resilience and using a "whole-of-community" approach when recovering from disasters.
N.D. Army National Guard Recruiters were also involved with the Governor's Main Street North Dakota Summit by providing information about serving in the Army Guard. They had the unique opportunity to meet the U.S. Surgeon General who was a keynote speaker for the event.
Photo: From left, Capt. Dave Stein; Vice Adm. Jerome Adams (U.S. Surgeon General), Spc. Mackenzie Nagel and Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Hoefer. Nagel and Hoefer are with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion.
Halloween Celebrated by Guard Families in Bismarck and Fargo
Halloween celebrations sponsored by the N.D. National Guard Child and Youth Program in Bismarck and Fargo saw a record number of military children participating in a myriad of activities. On Oct. 28 in Bismarck's RJB Armory, over 550 children and 450 adults participated while on Oct. 29, the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center hosted about 110 children and 82 adults. Guard employees in both locations volunteered to host events and activities for the children's amusement. This annual Halloween celebration supports the social, emotional and academic needs of military children and youth. Activities like this encourage the development of positive self-esteem, self-confidence, team skills and leadership abilities for the military children that participate.