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TAG Line February 26, 2021

Top photo: Spc. Joseph Brossart, 815th Engineer Company, provides medical assistance to a simulated casualty during a Combat Lifesavers Course at Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake, N.D., on Feb. 20, 2021. (U.S. National Guard photo by Spc. Krystal Anderson, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Video Project

Sgt. Tyler Wall, 116th Public Affairs Detachment, followed students of the 164th Regional Training Institute's Officer Candidate School (OCS), in order to document their training Feb. 19-21, 2021. His recordings, known as B-Roll, will be used to produce an OCS recruitment video. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Sgt. Tyler Wall, 116th Public Affairs Detachment, captures B-Roll for an Officer Candidate School recruiting video.
Sgt. Tyler Wall, 116th Public Affairs Detachment, captures video of Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Camp Grafton Feb. 19-21, 2021. The footage is for a video in support of OCS recruitment.

N.D. Army National Guard State Schools

An entire weekend of consolidated classes for Soldiers from multiple units, was conducted at Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC), near Devils Lake, N.D., Feb. 19 to 21, 2021. This annual event, referred to as "state schools" was organized by the N.D. Army G-3 for the first time. This weekend of training, cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, was previously sponsored by the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Spc. Krystal Anderson, 116th Public Affair Detachment)

This year nearly 350 Soldiers participated in the 3-day training event. Courses included Unit Public Affairs Representative, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Suicide Intervention Officer (SIO) refresher, Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT), and a Safety Officer Training course designed to implement common practices across all commands. The courses ranged from one to three days and Soldiers were able to participate in multiple courses as their schedules allowed.

Spc. David Kropp, 818th Engineer Company, applies a combat application tourniquet to stop simulated massive hemorrhaging while participating in a combat lifesaver course during on Feb. 20, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brandi Schmidt, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Combat Life Saving (CLS) training and recertification was also offered. Ten combat medics from across the state certified 60 new combat life savers and recertified 42 CLSs. They CLS students were trained in skills ranging from tourniquet application to treating tension pneumothorax; and from preventing shock to submitting 9-Line MEDEVAC requests. The students worked long days to gain proficiency in tasks that will aid them in saving lives and limbs during training and in a war zone.

COVID-19 safety measures were taken into consideration as Camp Grafton Training Center maintained 50 percent of their recommended classroom capacity. Masks were required and social distancing was in effect when possible.

Staff Sgt. Brook Yates, N.D. Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion, applies an emergency trauma bandage to a simulated casualty's leg during the Combat Life-Saver course at Camp Grafton Training Center Feb. 20, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Drew Ward, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Staff Sgt. Brandi Schmidt, 116th Public Affairs Detachment, trains Soldiers during the Unit Public Affairs Representative course at Camp Grafton Training Center, Feb. 20, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Drew Ward, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. Gannon Miller, 164th Engineer Battalion, discusses proper technique for using a litter for casualty transportation on the battlefield. Soldiers participated in the Combat Life Saving Class at Camp Grafton Training Center on Feb. 20, 2021.

Chief Warrant Office 3 Steve Hoikkala, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, instructs Soldiers in the Unit Movement Class during at Camp Grafton Training Center on Feb. 20, 2021.
Soldiers attending the Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) course watch a training video on scenarios they may encounter. The course was held during State Schools weekend at Camp Grafton Feb. 19-21, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)
Spc. Darian Slama, 142nd Engineer Battalion, practices placing a tourniquet during the combat lifesaver course on Feb. 20, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brandi Schmidt, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Guard Continues to Assist with COVID-19 Testing

N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen in partnership with N.D. Department of Health workers, administered BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests for fans attending the North Dakota State University Bison vs. Youngstown State Penguins football game as they entered the east lobby of the FargoDome, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 21, 2021. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David Lipp, 119th Wing)

Left: Master Sgt. Tiffany Jasmann, 119th Wing, discusses instructions for N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen as they prepare to conduct BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing at Fargodome, Feb. 21. Right: Sgt. Casey Formaneck, left, non-commissioned officer in charge of North Dakota COVID-19 response region 5, and Jasmann, discuss plans as they prepare to conduct BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing at Fargodome, Feb. 21.
Sign provides BinaxNOW COVID-19 test recipients guidance at the FargoDome, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 21.

BinaxNow test results are available within 15 minutes. The testing was conducted to help prevent COVID-19 spread. Seating for the game was limited to 50% capacity at 9,500 with masking and social distancing precautions in place.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen stand by to conduct BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing for fans attending North Dakota State University Bison football game at the FargoDome, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 21, 2021.

Capt. Rebecca Stutz, 119th Medical Group, administers a BinaxNOW COVID-19 test at the FargoDome, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 21, 2021.

Master Sgt. Tiffany Jasmann, 119th Wing, right, and Sgt. Thomas Collier, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, check results from the BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests at the Fargodome, Feb. 21.

Command COVID-19 Visit

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck, N.D. state command sergeant major, visited Soldiers and Airmen supporting COVID-19 vaccinations at the Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, N.D., Feb. 25, 2021. The N.D. National Guard continues to support N.D.'s whole of government approach to supporting efforts to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Zackary Follman, left, 816th Military Police Company escorts Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, at a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, N.D., Feb 25, 2021.
Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck, left, N.D. Army state command sergeant major and Sgt. Brian Moritz, 81st Civil Support Team, discuss the N.D. National Guard's support to COVID-19 vaccinations at the Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, N.D., Feb 25, 2021.
Maj. Gen. Dohrmann, left, N.D. adjutant general, visits with National Guard members supporting COVID-19 vaccinations at the Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, N.D., Feb. 25, 2021.

The N.D. National Guard members assisted Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health workers by registering vaccine recipients and monitoring the 15-minute waiting period after shots were administered. Maj. Gen. Dohrmann recognized several individuals with coins for their outstanding contributions to the COVID-19 response.

Maj. Gen. Dohrmann recognized these individuals with coins. Left: Spc. Savon Flansburg, 816th Military Police Company. Top Right: Sgt. Nicole Jochim, 816th Military Police Company. Bottom Right: Crystalynn Kuntz, Southwest Central Region emergency preparedness and response regional coordinator for Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health.
N.D. Guard Soldiers and Airmen support local health care workers during COVID-19 vaccinations in the Bismarck Event Center on Feb. 25, 2021.

Combat Leaders Academy

The Combat Leaders Academy (CLA) was conducted in Minot, N.D. at the Minot Armed Forces Reserve Center from Feb. 19 to 21, 2021. The CLA is for training company-level leaders. (U.S. Army National story and photos by Maj. Matt Voeller, Joint Force Headquarters, N.D. National Guard)

The N.D. Army National Guard commander, Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan hosted the academy. The training was executed by Col. Rob Fugere, G-3 operations and training officer, assisted by Soldiers from the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Joint Force Headquarters, and Camp Grafton Training Center.

Sgt. Maj. Ken Kachena, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade operations sergeant major, points to Soldier asking a question during instruction on pre-combat checks and inspections.

The training was attended by 25 Soldiers serving in leadership positions from squad leader to company commander. Twelve units and a multitude of branches were represented to include Air Defense Artillery, Engineer, Aviation, Signal, Ordnance, Quartermaster, Transportation and Military Police. Classes included planning factors and design; employment factors; command and support relationships; U.S. Army organizational structure; task organization; capabilities and integration of maneuver forces; executing operational estimates; and conducting the formal military decision-making process (MDMP). The troop leading procedures (TLP) included pre-combat checks and pre-combat inspections (PCC/PCI). The students also engaged in dialogue with Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan and Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck, N.D. National Guard Army commander and state command sergeant major, respectfully.

Sgt. Maj. Ken Kachena discusses the battalion-level tactical operations center (TOC) set-up for instructional purposes at Field Maintenance Site #1, Minot, Feb. 20, 2021.

Fiscal Law Course

Maj. Richard Holtmeyer, a judge advocate general assigned to the Missouri National Guard, taught about 50 N.D. National Guard members attending a fiscal law course Feb. 16-18, 2021. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David Lipp, 119th Wing)

The course was conducted in the aerospace dining facility at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D. Many other N.D. National Guard members attended the course virtually from Bismarck and Camp Grafton Training Center. COVID-19 preventive measures were followed to include masking, social distancing and other meatures were followed. The course is required every three years for people in positions of fiscal responsibility; e.g., commanders, resource advisors, certifying and authorizing officials, and contracting officers.

Range Certification

Conducting safe and efficient range operations is vital to maintaining one of the N.D. National Guard's primary capabilities, lethality. To ensure range operations are to standard, Maj. Brett Nelson, Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) Range Officer, travels state-wide to conduct range certification training. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Nelsen's latest training was conducted at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Feb. 24, 2021. The training is intended for officers and non-commissioned officers conducting firing ranges for their units. The training provides updates on safety protocols, range SOP, operations, and changes to range procedures and regulations. The new Individual Weapons Qualification (IWQ) for Soldiers was implemented in 2020 but because of the COVID-19 pandemic most units have not yet received the new weapons training.

Maj. Brett Nelson, Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) Range Officer, conducts range certification training at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Feb. 24, 2021.

Maj. Brett Nelson addresses a point during range certification training on Feb. 24, 2021.

Individual Weapons Qualification (IWQ) Video from Fort Benning TV

BIA Partnership with CGTC Grows with New Classes

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services (OJS) United States Indian Police Academy (USIPA) is proud to announce their Advanced Training Center (ATC) is operational at Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake, N.D. The ATC offers advanced training for Indian Country Police and Correctional Law Enforcement and specializes in various training programs in the areas of drug, cold case, mastering interviewing, missing persons, and peer support. (Story and photos courtesy of BIA)

Lt. Col. Mark Topp, director operations, Camp Grafton Training Center, welcomes U.S. Indian Police Academy (USIPA) students on Feb. 22, 2021.

During February, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Field Training Officer (FTO) Training Programs were held with participants from Tribal and BIA agencies. CISM is a two-day program designed to prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services including pre- and post-incident crisis education, significant other support services, on-scene support services and more.

The three-day FTO program focused on the FTO themselves, and how they could improve their interpersonal and instruction skills to increase Officer in Training (OIT) retention. A variety of learning activities, including case law discussion, and video scenarios were incorporated into the program.

Home from the Great War

This week 102 years ago, after crossing the Atlantic Ocean, Soldiers of the N.D. National Guard's 164th Infantry Regiment arrived in New York on the USS President Grant. The Soldiers served on the battlefields of the Great War, later known as World War I (WWI). (National Guard story and photos provided by Lt. Col. (retired) Shirley Olgeirson, N.D. National Guard historian)

Maj. Barney Boyd telegraphed Maj. Gen. Angus Fraser, N.D. adjutant general, of the expected arrival. This action triggered responses from Gov. Lynn Frazier and the N.D. Council of Defense who wrote, “We are delighted to greet our boys back to the good old USA and shall be double glad to see you back in dear old North Dakota where every one loves you and are justly proud of you.”

Copies of the telegrams welcoming N.D. National Guard Soldiers home from war, February 1919.

The 164th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 41st Division in France. Because the 41st Division served as a "replacement division", the N.D. unit's cadre, staff, and senior enlisted became command elements of the 116th Supply Train and Military Police, 116th Ammunition Train, 116th Sanitary Train (Medical), 116th Engineer Battalion, and two machinegun battalions.

Soldiers of the 164th Infantry Regiment during World War I, in France.

Most of the junior enlisted Soldiers of the 164th Infantry Regiment were transferred for combat service with the fledgling 1st Infantry Division, in October 1918. This division was involved in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign in which 26,000 American Soldiers perished, but defeated 8 German divisions to effect the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918.

During WWI, the 164th Infantry Regiment suffered 278 casualties: 176 Killed In Action (KIA); 62 died from combat wounds; and 40 died of disease. (Citation: Citizens as Soldiers, Jerry Cooper, 1986)

More information about North Dakota Service members during WWI, to include rosters and casualty information, is available on the North Dakota WWI Centennial Committee website https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/north-dakota-wwi-home-page.html.

ESGR Patriot Award

Sgt. Bleau Hoge, 816th Military Police Company, Army National Guard, nominated two of his supervisors for the ESGR (Employer Support Guard Reserve) Patriot Award. Destiny Voth and Adam Seiler of Gate City Bank, State Street Branch, were each recognized with this award during a virtual ceremony on Feb. 26, 2021.

“It is a great honor to receive this award and we truly appreciate everything Bleau has done for our bank and our country”, commented Voth and Seiler.

The winners of the Patriot Award pose with their certificates during during an online ceremony at the State Street Branch of the Gate City Bank Center in Bismarck, N.D., Feb. 26, 2021. From left, Gate City Bank employees Adam Seiler; Sgt. Bleau Hoge, 816th Military Police Company; and Destiny Voth. Hoge nominated these supervisors for this honor in recognition of their support to his duties in the N.D. National Guard.

Gate City Bank President and CEO, Kevin Hanson, thanked ESGR and how incredibly humbled and honored they are to receive this award. “We are incredibly proud of this award; the military is really important to us”.

Hoge's commander, Capt. Justin Huber of the 816th Military Police Company, commented that National Guard missions can be challenging for military members and their Families and that they could not accomplish their missions successfully without the outstanding support provided by the employers.

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