Air Guard Officers Promoted to Colonel
A pair of Happy Hooligans were promoted to colonel on Thursday, in ceremonies held 200 miles apart; Teresa Luthi McDonough, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group commander and Tad Schauer, deputy director J3/Director of Military Support Joint Force Headquarters. Brig. Gen. Todd Branden, Assistant Adjutant General - Air, presided over McDonough's promotion in Fargo, while Brig. Gen. Robert Becklund, Deputy Adjutant General, presided over Schauer's promotion in Bismarck. Both officers add to a rich Happy Hooligan history. McDonough is the first female group commander in the 119th Wing while Schauer served as the first commander of the Minot Air Force-based 219th Security Forces Squadron from May 2007 to Aug. 2018. Top photo left: McDonough's colonel rank is placed on her uniform by her father (left) Vergil Luthi and husband Bert while Schauer's rank was applied by his wife Amy.
N.D. Army Guard Leads Nation in Recruiting Market Share
N.D. Army National Guard (NDARNG) Recruiting & Retention Battalion leads the Nation in DOD contract market share and is the military service of choice in our state. Over a 12 month period ending May 31, 2019 the statewide market share was 59%. This means that six of ten North Dakotans that joined the military this fiscal year chose to enlist in the N.D. Army Natural Guard. The five year enlisted accession average is 257 and Fiscal Year 19 is proving to be the best year since Fiscal Year 2011. With only one month remaining this fiscal year, we have recruited 303 Soldiers.
Photo: from left, Mike Smith, Williams County emergency manager; Sherry Adams, chief executive officer, Southwest District Health Unit; and Geneva Anderson, WebEOC administrator for the N.D. Department of Emergency Services, discuss their experiences serving in other states as part of the emergency management assistance compact agreement, or EMAC. EMAC is a national interstate mutual aid agreement that enables states to share resources during times of disaster. Since 2005, NDDES staff have supported others states during disaster events in six locations, including: Louisiana (2005 Hurricane), Mississippi (2011 Flooding), Puerto Rico (2017 Hurricane), Florida (2017 Hurricane), Hawaii (2018 Volcano) and most recently in Oklahoma (2019 Flooding/Tornadoes).