Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Wieland, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, adjusts a laser pointer placed in the muzzle of an M4 rifle for Senior Master Sgt. Brian Rook, 119th Wing, as Rook ‘zeroes’ the sight using Laser Marksmanship Training System (LMTS) technology for scoring during training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center, Fargo, N.D., Jan. 16, 2021.
From left, Staff Sgt. Hunter Martineau, 119th Wing, Sgt. Brandon Wendland, 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge), Sgt. Brendan Dean, 815th Engineer Company, and Sgt. 1st Class Grant Semchenko, a N.D. Army National Guard recruiter, fire M-4 rifles equipped with the Laser Marksmanship Training System during marksmanship training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center, Fargo, N.D., Jan. 16, 2021.
“We need new shooters all the time, because we can only have two ‘old shooters’ on a four-person team at a time,” said Rook.
Old shooters are marksmen that have participated in several competitions and new shooters are classified as ‘novice’ shooters. N.D. Guard Soldiers and Airmen interested in the marksmanship program should contact their unit marksmanship coordinator or Sgt. 1st Class Tim Simmons, N.D. Guard state competitive events coordinator, at 701-333-3103.
Hooligan Chaplain Returns Home
Chaplain (Maj.) Dellas Herbel, 119th Wing, returned from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia on Jan. 14, 2021 at Hector International Airport in Fargo. Herbel was greeted by his family and Col. Darrin Anderson, 119th Wing commander. Chaplains deploy in support of the spiritual needs of mobilized Airmen and other service members while they are performing difficult duties in difficult circumstances far from their families. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs)
N.D. Guard Public Information Officer Returns
Maj. Amber Schatz, N.D. National Guard Public Information Officer, returned from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia at Bismarck Airport on Jan. 16, 2021. Schatz was greeted by her family and Brig. Gen. Robert Schute, N.D. National Guard chief of staff for Air. During this deployment Schatz served as the chief of public affairs overseeing all communication and media for the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing (AEW). The 332nd AEW's heritage traces back to the historic 332nd Fighter Group led by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.