N.D. Guard Soldiers Assist Iraqi Bridge Engineers
Six Soldiers of the 957 Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) that deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations last July, are serving as a bridge training team assigned to Task Force Frontier. Their mission is to train, advise and assist the Iraq Army bridge corps. Recently, the N.D. Guard Soldiers conducted four days of classroom style instruction followed by hands on training. The result was completion of their first bridge-building project, a 50-meter ACROW modular bridge system. They continue to partner with the Iraqi Army's bridging engineers improving knowledge and capabilities through training and practical exercises. (Top photo: N.D. Guard members along with their Iraqi Army engineer partners pose on their just assembled ACROW bridge).
68th Troop Command Welcomes New Commander
Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, commander of the N.D. Army National Guard, presided over a change of command ceremony for the 68th Troop Command at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck on Sept. 22. Lt. Col. Brock G. Larson assumed duties as commander from Col. James R. Olson, who commanded the unit since Sept. 2017. Olson is scheduled to retire in November after more than 29 years of service with the North Dakota National Guard. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that represents the formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another.
Two battalions within troop command also saw leadership changes last week. On Sept. 20, the 136th Combat Service Support Battalion welcomed a new command team. Lt. Col. Nathan Dicks assumed command from Lt. Cody Volk, while earlier in the day, the unit's Soldiers witnessed a formal change of responsibility for the unit's senior enlisted leader, when Command Sgt. Maj. Cory Everson relinquished his duties to Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Scharnowske. Both ceremonies were conducted at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck. The 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment welcomed Lt. Col. Michael Green when he assumed duties as commander from Lt. Col. Doug Larsen on Sept. 21 at the Army Aviation Support Facilty south of the BISMARCK airport.
The 68th Troop Command is a command and control headquarters for more than 800 Soldiers who are organized into two battalions, one company and four separate units. The unit’s primary mission and focus is to provide command and control, as well as training, administrative and logistical support to maintain Soldier and unit readiness for missions stateside and overseas.
Lt. Col. Benjamin Cleghorn, incoming commander, holds the unit colors of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (141st MEB) during the formal change of command ceremony in Fargo on Sept. 22. Others participating in the ceremony, clockwise from top right are Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Magnuson; Col. Jon Erickson, outgoing commander; and Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, commander of the N.D. Army National Guard. The passing of the unit colors from the unit’s command sergeant major to the outgoing commander, thru the command authority over the unit, to the incoming commander and back to the command sergeant major is a time honored Army tradition formally symbolizing the change of authority for the Soldiers of the unit to witness.
In order to keep our stakeholders and members informed, the North Dakota National Guard Internal Review office produces annual Economic Impact Analysis reports. These reports depict the total military economic impact for North Dakota and the impact of the N.D. National Guard alone describing how the military spending supports the state and many of our communities. This year we also created one page summaries of those reports. To view the reports and summaries, please click Economic Impact Analysis.
Military Police Learn About New Army Fitness Test
The top non-commissioned officer of the 816th Military Police Company, 1st Sgt. Travis Sand, instructed his Soldiers on the new Army Combat Fitness Test during the unit's recent weekend training in Dickinson on Sept 21. The new test will be in effective Oct. 1, 2020.