Brig. Gen. Robert Schulte, N.D. National Guard Chief of Staff - Air, right, delivered the keynote address for the first Senior Master Sergeant Development Course held at the Air National Guard Base, in Fargo, N.D., Oct. 9-11, 2020. In his remarks he challenged graduates to consider how they would build and sustain a inclusive culture where all Airmen at weekend drill would think “There's no place they'd rather be”.
Senior Master Sergeant Ken Taylor, 119th Operations Group, receives a certificate of completion for the Senior Master Sergeant Development Course on Oct. 11, 2020.
75 Years Since Victory in WWII
One of the more interesting artifacts inside the historic Edwards House at Camp Grafton Training Site near Devils Lake, N.D., is a lamp made from WWII war trophies. The lamp consists of a Model 1889 German Mauser, bayonets, and a German Stalhelm (steel helmet). These trophies were likely brought back by a Soldier from either the N.D. National Guard's 188th or 957th Field Artillery Battalions. These units landed on Utah Beach just after D-Day, and are credited with firing over 162,300 Howitzer (155mm) rounds helping the Allies defeat the Nazis. (Story and photo by retired Lt. Col. (ret) Shirley J. Olgeirson, N.D. National Guard Historian)
Promotion to Colonel
The commander of the N.D. National Guard's 68th Troop Command Brock Larson was promoted to colonel at the Raymond J. Bohn in Bismarck on Oct. 14, 2020. Larson also serves as the full-time director of J-5/9 Plans and Policies in the Joint Force Headquarters. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)