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Marksmanship Competition

The 2020 Adjutant General’s Combat Marksmanship match was held July 10-12 at the Camp Grafton Training Center firing complex, near McHenry, N.D. This year eleven teams comprised of either four Soldiers or Airmen each, competed in the annual event. Marksmanship, an important component of lethality, improves our combat readiness. Participating in shooting matches enhances marksmanship skills which in-turn improves our abilities to train Soldiers and Airmen. On the last day of the competition, N.D. National Guard senior leaders participated in the shooting matches. Staff Sgt. Gavin Rook, of the 119th Wing, took first place in six individual categories, with Staff Sgt. Tyrel Hoppe, also 119th Wing, and Capt. Blake Hillerson, shooting with the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, taking first in the two remaining categories.

For more information on how to compete in marksmanship matches contact your Readiness NCO or Base Marksmanship coordinator.

Top photo: Soldiers from the 131st Military Police Company lay in the prone position awaiting the signal to fire during a marksmanship match at Camp Grafton Training Center on July 10.

Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Obrigewitch, 164th Engineer Battalion, fires a M9 Beretta 9mm pistol during the 2020 N.D. National Guard Adjutant General Combat Marksmanship Match on July 11.

Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller, N.D. National Guard state command chief, fires a M9 Beretta 9mm pistol during the 2020 N.D. National Guard Adjutant General Combat Marksmanship Match on July 12.

Capt. Thomas Gross, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, stands at the end of a group of Soldiers and Airmen firing M9 Beretta 9mm pistols during the Patton Match of the 2020 North Dakota National Guard Adjutant General Marksmanship Match at the Camp Grafton Training Center - South on July 12.

The 119th Wing alpha team placed first in all seven team categories of the 2020 annual Adjutant General’s Combat Marksmanship Match. From left: Staff Sgt. Tyrel Hoppe; Staff Sgt. Gavin Rook; Staff Sgt. Victor Schleppenbach and Staff Sgt. Cody DeWandeler.

Sgt. Brandon Wendland, 957th Engineer Company, fires a M4 rifle during a marksmanship match at Camp Grafton Training Center on July 10.

Spc. Levi Harrington, 817th Engineer Company, prepares to fire his M4 rifle during a marksmanship match at Camp Grafton Training Center on July 10.

Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Obrigewitch, 164th Engineer Battalion, helps Staff Sgt. Damian Dankert, 119th Wing, grade his target on the pistol range during a marksmanship match at Camp Grafton Training Center on July 10.

Spc. Lasean Pickstock, 957th Engineer Company, takes aim toward target with his M9 Berretta pistol during a marksmanship match at Camp Grafton Training Center on July 10.

Left, Capt. Thomas Gross, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, and Staff Sgt. Gavin Rook, 119th Wing, grade a target on the M4 rifle range at Camp Grafton Training Center on July 10.
Members of the 119th Wing marksmanship and N.D. Air National Guard senior leaders. Back row from left: Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller, N.D. National Guard state command chief; Brig. Gen. Robert Schulte, N.D. National Guard chief of staff for Air; Master Sgt. Charles Renville; Staff Sgt. Damian Dankert; Staff Sgt. Hunter Martineua; Senior Master Sgt. Brian Rook; Tech. Sgt. Steve Smith; Staff Sgt. Matthew Jasper; Master Sgt. Stacey Lockwood; Senior Master Sgt. Wade Swenson; and Brig. Gen. Todd Branden, N.D. National Guard assistant adjutant general for Air. First row: Staff Sgt. Joshua Renville; Staff Sgt. Tyrel Hoppe; Staff Sgt. Gavin Rook; Staff Sgt. Victor Schleppenbach and Staff Sgt. Cody DeWandeler.

COVID-19 Testing at Fraine Barracks

Members of the N.D. National Guard along with civilian employees of both the Guard and the N.D. Department of Emergency Services were offered an opportunity to be tested by members of the N.D. Department of Health (NDDoH) on Fraine Barracks on July 14. Testing was not mandatory but workers were encouraged to participate.

Employees at Fraine Barracks follow social distancing protocols while waiting in line to be tested for COVID-19 on July 14.

A member of NDDoH administers a COVID-19 test to Sgt. 1st Class Brett Miller, Visual Information, at Fraine Barracks on July 14.
A member of NDDoH administers a COVID-19 test to Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, Visual Information, on July 14.

COVID-19 Testing at Standing Rock

The N.D. National Guard continues to support our state and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 10, Guard members help operate a mobile testing station for members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at the All Nations Veterans Cemetery near Fort Yates, N.D.

Maj. Preston Schaffner, 81st Civil Support Team, administers a COVID-19 test at the All Nations Veterans Cemetery near Fort Yates, N.D. on July 10.

Staff Sgt. Brent Miller, 81st Civil Support Team, works as a data collector at the COVID-19 mobile testing site at the All Nations Veterans Cemetery near Fort Yates, N.D. on July 10.
From left: Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. National Guard adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, and Mr. Robert Roehrich, N.D. National Guard state equal employment manager, stand at the entrance of the All Nations Veterans Cemetery near Fort Yates, N.D. on July 10.

Dickinson COVID-19 TESTing

The N.D. National Guard assisted the N.D. Department of Health and local Dickinson agencies in conducting COVID-19 testing in Dickinson on July 9.

Top left: Sgt. Housseini Sarki, 142nd Engineer Battalion, collects data from Dickinson residents participating in COVID-19 testing on July 9. Top right: Spc. Carter Strand, 816th Military Police Company, directs traffic at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Dickinson on July 9. Bottom: Col. Brad Bekkedahl, N.D. Army National Guard State Medical Detachment, administers a COVID-19 in Dickinson on July 9.
The COVID-19 mobile testing site in Dickinson on July 9.

Valley City

The N.D. National Guard assisted with COVID-19 testing in Valley City on July 8.

Spc. Kaitlyn Thompson, left, 142nd Engineer Battalion, checks testing participant's information at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Valley City on July 8.

Lt. Col. Angela Allmer, N.D. Army National Guard State Medical Detachment, prepares to administer a COVID-19 test in Valley City.

Spc. Taylor Lindvall, 188th Engineer Company, checks the information on a specimen vial at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Valley City on July 8.

Pvt. 1st Class Denony Ortiz, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, prepares to administer a COVID-19 test in Valley City.
The COVID-19 mobile testing site in Valley City was conducted indoors on July 8.

COVID-19 Testing in Bismarck

Combat Medic Training

Combat Medics, Army MOS 68W, from units all across North Dakota, attended specialized medical training at the Camp Grafton Training Center from July 11 to 17. The purpose of the training was to re-certify their medical skills and earn continuation hours towards their Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification. Training included a Mass Casualty exercise which tested the medics' abilities to conduct triage, and treat multiple patients with limited medical personnel and equipment.

Left: Pfc Kelly Haman, right, conducts patient handoff Staff Sgt. Colton Belmore on July 16 at the 68W Combat Medic Specialist training at Camp Grafton Training Center. Belmore, a flight medic with Company D, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Battalion, served as an instructor for the 68W Combat Medic Course. Right: Combat medic students practice packing wounds using beef to simulate human wounds on July 12. Bottom: Students practice aerial Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) techniques on July 16 with a UH-72A Lakota helicopter during the 68W Combat Medic Specialist training at Camp Grafton Training Center.

A Jog Around Fraine

On July 14, members of the newly established Fraine Barracks Running Club were pleased to host Bismarck resident Jess Paulsen and assist her in her goal of "running every street in Bismarck". Click for TV-news story.

Bismarck resident Jess Paulsen, right front, jogs on Fraine Barracks accompanied by members of the N.D. National Guard.

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