U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh, left, director, Air National Guard, sits at the head of the table as he is briefed by Col. Mitch Johnson, commander, 119th Wing, at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, North Dakota, May 2, 2021. Loh is visiting the 119th Wing to tour the facilities, get a closer look at the wing’s capabilities and speak with Airmen about the status of the force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)
A North Dakota Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter takes off at the Army Aviation Support Facility en route to supporting the fight to contain the Roosevelt Creek Fire in Billings County, May 1, 2021.
These agencies include the U.S. Forest Service-Dakota Prairie Grasslands, North Dakota Forest Service, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, local firefighters, including volunteers, as well as Guard members of the South Dakota and North Dakota National Guard.
Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, right, visits with Rick Connell, Incident Commander, Roosevelt Creek Fire Incident Management Team, near the wildland fire site, May 1, 2021. (National Guard photo by O.C. Michaela C.P. Granger, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
S.D. Army Aviators Assist with N.D. Wildland Fire
Ten South Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers brought two Black Hawk helicopters to North Dakota, May 1, 2021, to assist containing the wildland fire at Mandaree, N.D. (National Guard story by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
The Guard aviators responded to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request, an agreement between states to assist each other with personnel and equipment when needed for emergency response. The aviators were members of Company C, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment from Rapid City, South Dakota.
Approximately 2,000 service members – active, reserve, and guard – participated in the joint, international combat exercise. This year’s Southern Strike marked the 10th anniversary of this exercise, which was the first of its kind. The exercise took place from April 15 to 29, 2021.
119th Wing Airmen descend the steps of a C-17 Globemaster aircraft as they return from Exercise Southern Strike at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., May 1, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Nathanael Baardson)
Airman Grayson Eback, 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron, pushes a cargo container as he helps unload it from a C-17 aircraft at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., May 1, 2021. The cargo was returning from Exercise Southern Strike at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Mississippi. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)
Salute to Brad Brown - 30 years of Service
Lt. Col. Brad Brown was honored at a retirement ceremony at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory theater, May 2, 2021. Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber presided over the event sharing many personal stories about Brown and his successful military career that spanned over three decades of service to the nation and the state. Brown was presented the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his service. (National Guard story and photos by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)
He was initially assigned as noncommissioned officer in charge of an enemy prisoner of war camp, but was intrigued by a request for medics at the 8063rd MASH, located just 10 miles from the front lines.
The 8063rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War, circa 1952. (Photo courtesy Dr. John B. Sanford, 8063rd MASH, from the Minnesota Public Radio website)
In what sounded like a test for a newbie, the unit fed him a big meal, then sent him to a tent where a doctor was performing an autopsy. “Being a farm boy, that did not bother me too much,” wrote Kositzky. “So the doctor assigned me to the post-operative tent as a medical technologist”. He served with the 8063rd MASH from November 1951 to September 1952.
In 1957, Kositzky moved to Bismarck and served as the first sergeant of the newly formed Medical Detachment of the 188th Field Artillery Battalion.
Soldiers assigned to the Bismarck-based 188th Field Artillery Medical Detachment. Kneeling from Left: 1st Lt. Dave Hestor, commander; and Sgt. 1st Class LeRoy Kositzky. Standing from left: Spc. Lenard Marcovitz and (rank unknown) W. Wiedrick.