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TAG Line July 10, 2020

Bismarck Mobile Testing

The N.D. National Guard continued its COVID-19 mobile testing efforts this week in partnership with the N.D. Department of Health. On July 6, 57 Soldiers assisted in the administration of 1,376 tests in the northwest parking lot of the state capitol in Bismarck. This event also saw Soldiers from the 142nd Engineer Battalion assume testing duties from the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. Top photo: Spc. Collin Ahmann, N.D. Army National Guard Medical Detachment, prepares to collect a COVID-19 test specimen at the North Dakota state capitol grounds in Bismarck on July 6, 2021.

Vehicles wait in one of the four COVID-19 testing lanes at the N.D. Capitol on July 6.

Spc. Daniel Gonzales, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, guides a vehicle into a testing lane in Bismarck on July 6.

Spc. Nathan Hollingshead and Pfc. Spencer Briske, both of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, collect data from a driver's license on July 6.

Sgt. Scott Leidholm, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, is reflected in a window as he collects data from a test participant in Bismarck on July 6.

Lt. Col. Angie Allmer, N.D. Army National Guard Medical Detachment, collects a COVID-19 test specimen from a motorist in the parking lot of the state capitol in Bismarck on July 6.

Sgt. Michael Freadhoff adds another vial to the collection of completed COVID-19 test specimens under the watchful eye of Sgt. Rebecca Collins on July 6. Both Soldiers are assigned to the 142nd Engineer Battalion.

Pvt. Brian Ho, 142nd Engineer Battalion, dons his face shield in preparation of assuming duties as a data collector at the July 1 COVID-19 testing in Bismarck.

Col. Brad Bekkedahl, N.D. Army National Guard Medical Detachment, leans into a truck as he administers a COVID-19 test at the state capitol on July 6.

COVID-19 Modeling

N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have assisted the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in many ways. 1st Lt. Tom Hansen, 81st Civil Support Team, tells us how he helped the state in the development of a model that predicts COVID-19 infection rate within the N.D. population.

Devils Lake Independence Day Parade

Soldiers from the N.D. National Guard participated in the annual Independence Day parade in Devils Lake on July 4. Despite COVID-19 social distancing limitations, attendance was estimated to close to normal levels.

Sgt. Jesse Ahoe, Camp Grafton Training Center, operates a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle during the independence day parade in Devils Lake on July4.

Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Hunt, Joint Force Headquarters, waves to the crowd from his M1977 Common Bridge Transporter loaded with a ribbon bridge during a parade in Devils Lake on July 4.

Staff Sgt. Brandon Pulst, Camp Grafton Training Center, drives a Humvee during the Independence Day parade in Devils Lake.
Left to right, Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Hunt, Sgt. Jesse Ahoe and Staff Sgt. Brandon Pulst pause for a photo after participating in the Devils Lake Independence Day parade.

Protecting the Force

N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen teamed up to administer COVID-19 tests at the Fargo Air National Guard Base on July 10. 119th Wing members, also known as the Happy Hooligans, were provided the opportunity to be voluntarily tested.

N,D, National Guard airmen provide contact information in preparation of taking the COVID-19 test at the Air National Guard Base in Fargo on July 10.

Spc. Hunter Churchill, 191st Military Police Company, left, and Spc. Michael Sumrall, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, consolidate data collected from 119th Wing Airmen who voluntarily took the COVID-19 test at the Air National Guard Base in Fargo on July 10.

Staff Sgt. William Sampel, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, administers a COVID-19 test to a member of the 119th Wing at the N.D. Air National Guard Base on July 10.

Airman 1st Class Benjamin Vetter, 119th Medical Group, changes gloves between every COVID-19 test participant at the Air National Guard base on July 10.

Airman 1st Class Benjamin Vetter administers a COVID-19 test to a 119th Wing Airman on July 10.

Staff Sgt. William Sampel, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, administers a COVID-19 test to a member of the 119th Wing at the N.D. Air National Guard Base on July 10.

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