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TAG Line September 3, 2021

Captain Thomas Gross, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, and Staff Sgt. Marty Mosbrucker, Joint Force Headquarters, prepare for a rifle range during the 50th Winston P. Wilson and 30th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Rifle and Pistol Championships hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center held at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center on August 30, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Israel Sanchez)

Aviation Command Change

Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (1-112th AVN) conducted a change of command ceremony in Bismarck, August 29, 2021. (National Guard story and photos by retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kiel Skager, N.D. National Guard visual information)

Lt. Col. Mike Green, commander, 1-112th AVN, presided over the ceremony. Maj. Justin Gall relinquished command of Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, to Capt. Ryan Nordstrom. The unit guidon was presented, passed, and returned to Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Hart.

Major Justin Gall, left, salutes Lt. Col. Mike Green, commander, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, during the Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony in Bismarck, August 29, 2021.

Captain Ryan Nordstrom, right, salutes Lt. Col. Mike Green, commander, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, during the Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony in Bismarck, August 29, 2021.

Captain Ryan Nordstrom address the unit for the first time as Commander during the Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony in Bismarck, August 29, 2021.

Captain Ryan Nordstrom hands the company guidon back to Sgt. 1st Class Jordan Hart during the Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment change of command ceremony in Bismarck, August 29, 2021.

Rifle and Pistol Championships

The North Dakota National Guard shooting team joined fifty-three four-person teams from 42 states and territories gathered at the 50th Winston P. Wilson and 30th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Rifle and Pistol Championships hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center held at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center August 27 through September 3, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Michael Hunnisett)

Left to right: Captain Thomas Gross, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Staff Sgt. Gavin Rook, 119th Wing, Sgt. Tyler Goldade, Joint Force Headquarters and Staff Sgt. Marty Mosbrucker, Joint Force Headquarters, make up North Dakota's Alpha shooting team.

Captain Thomas Gross, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, and Staff Sgt. Marty Mosbrucker, Joint Force Headquarters, prepare for a rifle range during the 50th Winston P. Wilson and 30th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Rifle and Pistol Championships hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center held at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, August 30, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Israel Sanchez)

Sergeant Tyler Goldade, Joint Force Headquarters, loads a 9mm pistol magazine during the 50th Winston P. Wilson and 30th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Rifle and Pistol Championships hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center held at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, August 31, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Michael Hunnisett)

Sergeant Tyler Goldade, Joint Force Headquarters, second from the right fires a 9mm pistol at a target during the 50th Winston P. Wilson and 30th Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Rifle and Pistol Championships hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center held at the Robinson Maneuver Training Center, August 29, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Israel Sanchez)

Staff Sgt. Gavin Rook, 119th Wing, North Dakota National Guard, is the Individual Grand Aggregate Champion and recipient of the Lloyd Nelson Trophy. Rook is a previous recipient of the Chief’s 50 Marksmanship Badge and was recognized again, this year in both pistol and rifle. Rook first earned his badge in the pistol discipline.

Staff Sergeant Gavin Rook, 119th Wing, is announced the 50th Winston P. Wilson Championship Individual Overall Champion and is presented a plaque by Col. Andy Bussell, commander of the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, during an awards ceremony at the Professional Education Center, September 2, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Charles D. Davis)

Engineer Warrant of the Year

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Cody L. Schmidt, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, was recognized by the Army Engineer Association (AEA) as the Outstanding Engineer Warrant Officer for 2021. (National Guard story and photo courtesy of Ms. Beth Rolufs, U.S. Army Engineer School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri)

Schmidt, now a member of the N.D. National Guard, earned the award while serving as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve's 945th Engineer Detachment, 367th Engineer Battalion, Saint Joseph, Minnesota. This award is presented annually to honor one engineer warrant officer in each of the three Army components; U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard, and the U.S. Army Reserve, in recognition of outstanding contributions to military engineering by demonstrated technical and leadership ability.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Cody L. Schmidt, right, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, was named Army Engineer Association Outstanding Engineer Warrant Officer for 2021, Fort Leonard Wood, August 27, 2021. The award was presented by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dean Registe, chief command warrant officer for the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment.

164th Engineer Battalion Training

The 164th Engineer Battalion practiced jumping their Tactical Command Post or TAC during annual training at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, August 16, 2021. This part of the Command Post Exercise maintained command oversight during the wet gap crossing. The Soldiers established the TAC in under 22 minutes.

B-25 Propeller Memorial

Three North Dakota National Guard volunteers installed a U.S. Air Force commemorative B-25 propeller display on the grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Sept. 1, 2021, completing the task begun by Maj. Gen. Darrol Schroeder over five years ago.

Schroeder was a member of the governing board of the N.D. Veterans home, served as Commandant, and always felt there should be an Air Force display among the military equipment on the grounds. Sadly, he passed away March 3, 2019, before he could see the culmination of his efforts.

Command Sergeant Major Eric Binstock, the N.D. National Guard state senior enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kangas, the N.D. Air National Guard state command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Chris Walberg, 119th Wing, took the task to fruition when they completed the installation along the veteran’s home drive Wed., Sept. 1, 2021. They were assisted by Shawn Mcleod, the veterans home maintenance supervisor and Mark Johnson, the veterans home administrator.

Several veterans home residents watched the installation, and Vietnam War veterans Bob Cooper, U.S. Navy, and Roger Roles, U.S. Air Force, enjoyed the display so much that they asked to have their photo taken beside it.

Retirement

The 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, conducted a retirement ceremony for 1st Sgt. Jim Lind in Bismarck, August 29, 2021. Lind officially retired July 31, 2021, after faithfully serving his country and the North Dakota National Guard for 41 years.

Lind enlisted into the North Dakota Army National Guard on December 11, 1980, as a member of the 142nd medical detachment in Bismarck, ND. He attended advanced individual training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he graduated as an honor graduate from the UH-1 helicopter repairer course.

In addition to supporting five state emergencies, he successfully deployed three times overseas; the first in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm, in 2005 to Bosnia, and lastly to Kosovo in 2013. He has held multiple positions of leadership and trust within the National Guard, culminating as the First Sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment.

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Green, commander, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, salutes with former 1st Sgt. Jim Lind during a retirement ceremony in Bismarck, August 29, 2021.

Retired 1st Sgt. Jim Lind, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, standing with family after a retirement ceremony in Bismarck, August 29, 2021.

Bible Donation

Alice Delzer, the newly appointed National American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Chaplain, donated a Holy Bible to the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, September 2, 2021. The Bible was given in the Chapel of the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, Mandan, N.D., where it will be used for services taking place there. (National Guard story and photos by Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, N.D. National Guard Visual Information)

Photo top: Alice Delzer, newly appointed as the National AmVets Ladies Auxiliary Chaplain, presents Col. Russ Wolf with a Holy Bible as a donation to the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, September 2, 2021. Photo bottom left: From left to right, Col. Russ Wolf, Kathleen Bine, Western North Dakota Honor Flight President, CH. Alice Delzer, Lyle Schuchart, AmVets Post 9 Honor Guard Captain, and Mrs. Pamela Helbling-Schaffer, director, N.D. Veterans Cemetery, N.D. Veterans Cemetery chapel, September 2, 2021.

Promotion

Sergeant First Class Mark Stenberg, 131st Military Police Battalion, is promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant during a ceremony, September 2, 2021, at Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck, N.D. Now with his promotion, Stenberg will move to the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade as the Assistant Operations Noncommissioned officer.

Jodi Stenberg pins her husband, Mark, to the rank of Master Sergeant during his promotion ceremony, September 2, 2021, at Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck, N.D.

Sergeant First Class Mark Stenberg salutes Maj. Nicolette Daschendorf during his promotion ceremony to Master Sergeant, September 2, 2021, at Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck, N.D.

20th Anniversary Remembrance

The North Dakota National Guard is hosting a 20th Anniversary Remembrance at the Memorial to the Fallen in the Global War on Terrorism outside of Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, September 11, 2021. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. Due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. A livestream of the ceremony will be available at NDGuard.ND.gov.

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