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Heck Assumes Duties as State CSM

Sgt. Maj. Derek J. Heck assumed duties as the State Command Sergeant Major for the N.D. Army National Guard from Command Sgt. Maj. David R. Lien in a ceremony Dec. 7 at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory. Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, commander of the Army component of the North Dakota National Guard, presided over the change of responsibility ceremony. Heck will be the principle senior advisor to the Army commander on enlisted affairs for the 3,000 Soldiers of N.D. Army National Guard. He will enforce policies and standards of performance, training, appearance and conduct of enlisted Soldiers. He will advise senior leadership on an array of topics, including recruiting, retention, training, resiliency, family support, community events, education and employment for the state’s Army Guardsmen. Top photo. Heck stands before Soldiers of the N.D. National Guard for the first time as the State Command Sergeant Major.

Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, right, hands Command Sgt. Maj. Derek J. Heck the N.D. Army National Guard's colors during the change of responsibility ceremony for the N.D. Guard's State Command Sergeant Major on Dec. 7.

Command Sgt. Maj. David R. Lien, left, hands Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan the N.D. Army National Guard's colors symbolizing the relinquishing of his duties as the N.D. Guard's State Command Sergeant Major (SCSM) on Dec. 7. Lien served as SCSM since Dec. 2017. Later that day, he was honored in a retirement ceremony celebrating his 33 years of military service.

Hooligan Earns Air National Guard's Top Weapons Safety Honor

Master Sgt. Adam Krueger earned the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Weapons Safety Award which recognizes an individual or team that significantly contributed to weapons safety this past year. Krueger competed against personnel from all 90 Air National Guard Wings to win this prestigious award. Weapons safety personnel are responsible to ensure Air Force units comply with all explosive, missile, nuclear surety, and directed energy safety standards. They also identify hazards, evaluate levels of risk, and develop mitigation procedures.

Left: Master Sgt. Adam Krueger inspects a door on a weapons storage area at the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo on Dec. 8. Right: Krueger, left, looks over inert bomb storage on Dec. 8 with Tech. Sgt. Phillip White, a 119th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron munitions specialist,

Guard Spreads Holiday Cheer at the N.D. Veterans Home

About 25 Soldiers and Airmen of the North Dakota National Guard traveled to the N.D. Veterans Home in Lisbon on Dec. 10 to spread holiday joy through gifts, song and conversation. Each year, the residents of the home provide a wish list of requested gifts which are provide through donations, but the gift most appreciated by the Veterans was the time spent with the Guard members.

1st Dan Geiger hands a gift to a resident of the N.D. Veterans Home in Lisbon on Dec. 10.

N.D. National Guard members lead the residents of the N.D. Veterans Home in singing Christmas carols during their visit on Dec. 10.

Staff Sgt. Elijah Rude visits with a resident of the N.D. Veterans Home in Lisbon on Dec. 10.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber provides a Christmas gift to a resident of the N.D. Veterans Home in Lisbon on Dec. 10.

For several years, N.D. Veterans Home resident Larry W. Hertwig creates a Christmas card thanking N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen for visiting the facility and spreading holiday cheer.

Col. Warren Pauling visits with a resident of the N.D. Veterans Home in Lisbon on Dec. 10.

Soldier First to Use State Tuition Assistance with Turtle Mountain Community College

N.D. National Guard Soldier Pvt. Dawson C. Lunday is the first Soldier to take advantage of the recent tuition assistance agreement between the N.D. National Guard and Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC). Lunday graduated from Turtle Mountain Community High School in May 2019. "Dawson was always good at taking direction," said Dave DeCoteau, Lunday's baseball coach and a family friend. "The National Guard lit a new fire in him. He's going to be a great student, his work ethic will serve him well." After graduating from advanced individual training, Lunday enrolled at TMCC. He will begin classes in January. Lunday is assigned to the 835th Engineer Detachment as a Carpentry and Masonry Specialist. He is the first N.D. National Guard member to take advantage of tuition reimbursement at a Tribal College. The other tribal colleges participating in this program are United Tribes Technical College and Cankdeska Cikana Community College.

Photo: front left to right. Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) interim president Kellie Hall watches Pvt. Dawson C. Lunday sign his enrollment papers. At right is his father Craig Lunday, who is an instructor at TMCC. Back row from left, Kodi DeCoteau, Financial Aid officer, Sgt. Kailin Millang, local Army National Guard Recruiter, Wanda Laudecuer, Dean of Students, and Lunday's mother Shannon Lunday, who is also an instructor at TMCC.

Fallen Soldiers' Christmas Tree

Maj. Ryan Kaufmann, a N.D. National Guard officer and a history teacher at Bismarck Century High School, helped sponsor a military themed tree in the school's Christmas tree decorating contest. Although the tree honors N.D. National Guard Soldiers killed in action since 2000, students were invited to hang dog tags with the names of their family and friends who served in the military on the tree. Click for television news story.

Left: Dog tags are available for Century High School students to hang on the school's military-themed Christmas tree. The dog tags are used to honor their friends and family that served in the military. Right: The military-themed Christmas tree at Century High School's tree decorating contest is in honor of Fallen N.D. National Guard Soldiers since 2000.

Army Band Provides Holiday Cheer

The 188th Army Band made full use of their recent drill weekend (Dec. 7 and 8) to perform at the Veterans Home in Lisbon, N.D. the West Acres Mall in Fargo, and on the drill floor at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center.

The 188th Army Band's Dixieland Combo performs at the Veterans Home in Lisbon on Dec. 8.

Sgt. 1st Class Kate Naujokas on keyboard at the Veterans Home in Lisbon.

The 188th Army Band performs at the West Acres Mall on Dec. 7.

Spc. Ben Helfrich performs on the euphonium at the West Acres Mall in Fargo on Dec 7.
Recently retired 1st Sgt. Jeff Pfingsten and his wife Peggy enjoy the 188th Army Band concert at the West Acres Mall.

Soldiers of the 188th Army Band perform on the drill floor at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center on Dec. 7.

Staff Sgt. Justen Reed performs at the West Acres Mall in Fargo on Dec 7.

Brass From the Past Inspires New Hooligans

Former N.D. National Guard assistant adjutant general for Air, retired Brig. Gen. Allen Henderson, addressed a group of 119th Wing Student Flight members during the Dec. 8 unit training assembly at the Air National Guard Base in Fargo. The 119th Wing recruiting and retention office asked Henderson to share stories from his 42 years of military service as a pilot, along with his 29 years of experience as a professor of industrial engineering and management at North Dakota State University. The recruiting and retention office regularly invites guest speakers to share inspiring messages for the new Airmen who have not yet completed Basic Training and Tech School. The Student Flight Program prepares our newest Hooligans to be successful at basic training while also providing them their first military professional development opportunity.

Top and left: Retired Brig. Gen. Allen Henderson addresses a group of 119th Wing Student Flight members during the Dec. 8 unit training assembly at the Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Right: Henderson shakes hands with a new Airman following his presentation.

Camp Personnel Step Up to Donate Blood

Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) hosted a blood drive on Dec. 10 to help support local needs. CGTC's participation in this quarterly program demonstrates their commitment to the Devils Lake community. With 11 donations, CGTC exceeded their goal of 10.

Sgt. 1st Class Fieldings Olson, readiness NCO for the 835th Engineer Detachment, pumps the ball to start his blood flowing into the collection bag. Olson was one of 11 Camp Grafton Training Center employees to donate blood on Dec. 10.

Staff Sgt. Toren Mohs, supply NCO for the 835th Engineer Detachment, is being prepped to donate blood on Dec 10.

Former P.O.W. Shares Story

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Charlie Plumb, and former P.O.W. spoke to a packed room at the Bismarck Municipal Country Club last Wednesday. Area Veterans were invited to hear the motivational speaker sponsored by the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network. Plumb was shot down over Vietnam on his 75th combat mission in 1967 and held prisoner for nearly 6 years. His theme was "Tough Choices in Challenging Times." For more information visit CharliePlumb.com.

Top left: Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Charlie Plumb gave a presentation in Bismarck on Dec 11 on his experiences as a P.O.W. during the Vietnam War when his jet was shot down in 1967. Top right: From left, retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Neil Jacobson; Plumb; retired U.S. Air Force Col. Vern Huber, Korean War P.O.W.; retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Schulte; and retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Dave Anderson. Bottom: Plumb speaks with Sgt Leif Anderson, center, and 1st Sgt. Mitch McCoy.

Today in National Guard History

Today, Dec. 13, is the National Guard's 383rd Birthday. On this date in 1636, the first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts. Click to read more and view a video celebrating the National Guard's 381st Birthday.

Also on this date in 2015, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann assumed duties as N.D. adjutant general from Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk in a ceremony at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck.

Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk (left) presents the N.D. Legion of Merit to Brig. Gen. Alan Dohrmann moments before Dohrmann’s promotion to major general. The promotion preceded the change of command ceremony in which Sprynczynatyk relinquished duties as North Dakota adjutant general to Dohrmann on Dec. 13, 2015 in Bismarck.
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