Bismarck Mobile Testing
On May 2, about 660 COVID-19 tests were administered in the Bismarck Event Center. Members of the 81st Civil Support Team along with Soldiers from the 191st and 816th Military Police Companies teamed up with the N.D. Department of Health and local agencies to test participants in their vehicles.
Pfc. Timothy Yoder, left and Sgt. Grant Schafer explain the mobile testing site process to a participant in Gwinner on May 3.
Pfc. Lacey Urlacher works with a local public health worker collecting patient data at he mobile testing site in Gwinner on May 3.
Spc. Carter Strand, left and Pfc. Samuel Honeyman direct traffic at the Gwinner mobile testing site on May 3.
COVID-19 Testing in Dickinson
Processing the Task Force
Members of the 68th Troop Command, 131st Military Police Battalion and other staff worked together to transfer approximately 120 Soldiers and Airmen from state funded active duty to Title 32 federal duty on May 1 at Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck. These personnel actions supports readiness by ensuring Guard members can move from one duty status to another without pay interruptions. In Fargo, the 142nd Engineer Battalion helped transfer 70 Guardsmen in similar manner. Later on the same day, the Bismarck team traveled to the Army Aviation Reserve Center to conduct Soldier Readiness Process (SRP), a thorough annual records assessment, for about 65 members of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment.
Army Unmanned Aerial System
The training area of the Camp Grafton Training Center - South, near Devils Lake provides an excellent place to operate small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS). Instructors with the 164th Regional Training Institute (RTI) conduct proficiency flights in order to prepare equipment and themselves to train students on the RQ-11B Raven SUAS. The Raven is an U.S. Army reconnaissance asset available at the company level for overseeing the battlefield.
Thoughts on Serving
The N.D. National Guard continually reaches out to our communities during the COVID-19 epidemic. Guard Soldiers and Airmen continue to live up to the motto of “Always ready, Always there” whenever called upon. In was in this spirit, that two Soldiers were asked by a television reporter to describe their thoughts about serving in the National Guard during this pandemic.
National Day of Prayer
Maj. Ann Willoughby, Labor and Employee Relations Specialist for the N.D. National Guard, participated in N.D.'s National Day of Prayer on May 7. The annual event, held in the N.D. Capitol's Memorial Hall, was offered virtually this year due to COVID-19. Willoughby gave a prayer for U.S. military members and Veterans.