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Staff Sgt. Kile Kistler, 164th Engineer Battalion, shows his sons a West Point cadet jacket stored at the historical artifact warehouse at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, N.D. on Aug. 26, 2020.

Working to Preserve Our History

Soldiers on temporary duty with the N.D. National Guard Historian's office, are inventorying and inspecting N.D. National Guard historical property stored at the warehouse at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, N.D. Staff Sgt. Kile Kistler, 164th Engineer Battalion, and Spc. Samantha Crabbe, State Medical Detachment, are peering into the past and discovering long lost treasures of Guard history. With the warehouse busting at the seams, the purpose for logging these artifacts is to prepare them for display at a proposed military museum. If you have items which helps tell the N.D. National Guard story, please email our N.D. National Guard historian at "ndguardhistory@outlook.com". (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Spc. Samantha Crabbe, State Medical Detachment, reviews books that once sat on shelves at the Edwards House at Camp Grafton Training Center on Aug. 26, 2020.

The wheels of a M1918 75MM Limber and Caisson (French cannon) sit in storage at the warehouse at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. The wheels possibly date back to World War I.

Staff Sgt. Kile Kistler, 164th Engineer Battalion, explains how an M72 LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon) trainer was used at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, N.D. on Aug. 26.

Staff Sgt. Kile Kistler, 164th Engineer Battalion, shows his two sons a Vietnam era Army jeep stored at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck on Aug. 26. The identifying markings on the bumper are of the famed N.D. Army National Guard's 164th Infantry Regiment.

Spc. Samantha Crabbe, State Medical Detachment, goes through pallets of old books that once sat on shelves at the Edwards House at Camp Grafton Training Center on Aug. 26, 2020.

Items from the collection of retired Lt. Col. Robert Carlson, who served as battery commander, 188th Field Artillery Battalion, during WWII. He later commanded the 188th Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean War mobilization.

Hooligans Help with History

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (NMUSAF) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, recently loaned the Fargo Air Museum an MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). The Fargo Air Museum was granted full civilian museum certification from the NMUSAF in 2018, which authorizes it to borrow and display U.S. Air Force historical items. This certification, coupled with the positive relationship with the Happy Hooligans who operated the Predator aircraft (2007 to 2018) before the currently flown MQ-9 Reaper, makes this a very special addition to the museum. The aircraft loan can be renewed annually. (Air National Guard story by Lt. Jeremiah Colbert and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

After preparing the MQ-1 Predator aircraft for display, a group of maintenance professionals from the N.D. Air National Guard, push the historical display from the Air National Guard, Fargo, to the Fargo Air Museum on Aug. 20, 2020. The aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

An MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft, on loan from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, is displayed at the Fargo Air Museum on Aug. 20, 2020.

Women’s Equality Day - 100 years of Voting!

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified 100 years ago on Aug. 18, 1920. This amendment prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. The N.D. National Guard (NDNG) Executive Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Women's Leadership Summit Planning committee and all of our NDNG employees celebrated the observance of Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, 2020. In granting universal suffrage, the 19th Amendment was a great step toward ensuring that American women are granted the same full rights and privileges as U.S. citizens that are afforded to men. In 2020, women serve in every occupation, in leadership roles all across the private and public sectors, to include the N.D. National Guard. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

1st Lt. Alix Kling, left, and Staff Sgt. Kayle Rohrer, 68th Troop Command, discuss Soldiers' award submissions at their office at Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck on Aug. 27, 2020.
Airman 1st Class Johanna Ficcadenti, 119th Security Forces Squadron, fires an M240 machine gun at Camp Ripley Training Center, Minn., Aug. 3, 2020. (Air National Guard photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

Sgt. 1st Class Carina Wittmier, Joint Force Headquarters, on duty at her office at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, ensures Soldiers' records in her unit are accurate on Aug. 27, 2020.

Master Sgt. Kari Appletoft is among 119th Wing members arriving on the flight line at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., after returning from Exercise Southern Strike 20, Feb. 15, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

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, 2020. (Photo by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Deployment Cycle Resilience Training

Soldiers from the N.D. National Guard attended Deployment Cycle Resilience Training (DCRT) in Bismarck on Aug. 25, 2020. This is a series of operational resilience training modules is designed to prepare Soldiers, leaders, and Family members for the unique challenges and demands of Army life at each stage of the deployment cycle. Training is mandatory for any Soldier deploying for more than 90 days and is voluntary for Spouses. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Master Resilience Training Instructor Mike Crum speaks to N.D. National Guard Soldiers during a resilience training in Bismarck, N.D. on Aug. 25, 2020.

Public Affairs Class Prepare Aviation Soldiers

Bill Prokopyk, Assistant Public Affairs Officer, N.D. National Guard, provides Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment, with a mandatory public affairs briefing in preparation of the unit’s potential mobilization to the National Capital Region later this year. This instruction held on Aug. 17, 2020 at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D., also provided guidance on how to interact with media.

Bill Prokopyk, public affairs specialist, briefs Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck on Aug. 17.

State Army Aviation Officer Promoted

Paul Helten, State Army Aviation Officer, was promoted to colonel on Aug. 17, 2020. The ceremony was conducted in the C-12 hanger at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D. and was attended by approximately 100 National Guard members, family and friends of Helten.

Left: Paul Helten's father, retired Chief Warrant Officer Bob Helten and his wife Julie affix shoulder boards with his new rank of colonel at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck on Aug. 17. Right: Col. Jonathan Erickson, chief of staff for the N.D. National Guard, administers the oath of office during his promotion ceremony on Aug. 17.

Best Warrior Competition

Visit by Sen. Hoeven

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, met with U.S. Sen. John Hoeven on the N.D. State University campus in Fargo, N.D. on Aug. 25, 2020. The event was a discussing of legislation that would allow Guard Soldiers and Airmen to use federal and state tuition simultaneously. Other topics included federal funding of the National Guard in support of COVID-19 response. Dohrmann also provided Hoeven an update brief on the status of the N.D. National Guard. (National Guard story and photos by Maj. Jay Sheldon, N.D. National Guard)

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, provides Sen. Hoeven, second from right, and other leaders an update on the N.D. National Guard, Aug. 25 in Fargo.

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