TAG Line December 6, 2019

Military Family Winter Carnival

In celebration of the Month of the Military Family, the N.D. National Guard Child and Youth Program hosted a Winter Carnival on Nov. 26 at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck. Military families were treated to a myriad of holiday-themed activities to include cookie decorating, ornament making, participating in an indoor snowball fight, as well as playing games while enjoying hot chocolate. The favorite activity, however, was visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, portrayed by volunteers Glenn and Doris Boepple. In its third year, nearly 200 military family members attended this event. Top photo: Santa visits with military children during the N.D. Guard's Winter Carnival on Nov. 26.

Santa and Mrs. Claus chat with a young boy at the N.D. Guard's Winter Carnival on Nov. 26.

Year in Review Video

I congratulate and thank you for another successful year in the N.D. National Guard (NDNG). It's the daily hard work of our professional Soldiers, Airmen and Civilians who make this organization great. Please accept my sincerest gratitude for a job well done as we look back and celebrate another great year of service to our communities, state and nation. I hope you enjoy the Year in Review video highlighting our many outstanding accomplishments throughout 2019.- Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, the Adjutant General.

Please click to view the N.D. National Guard's 2019 Year in Review video.

TAG Townhall held at Camp Grafton

The N.D. adjutant general, Maj. Gen Al Dohrmann conducted a townhall at Camp Grafton Training Center on Dec. 4. The townhall provided a first hand update on the activities and initiatives of the N.D. Guard to the employees who work at the camp. Dohrmann also honored several individuals during the event.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann awards achievement coins to Camp Grafton employees in recognition of their excellent blizzard emergency response actions in Oct. From left to right, Steve Elfman, Garry Vick and Adam Berger.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann recognizes James Helseth for five years of service as a N.D. state employee.
Dohrmann recognizes Tom Bersch for 35 years of service as a N.D. state employee.

Soldiers listen to Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann render remarks during a townhall on Dec. 4.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann presents Sgt. Tyler Willoughby (left) and Staff Sgt. Michael Sanders with achievement coins in recognition of their achievements in support of the 164th Regional Training Institute - North Dakota.

National Guard Partners with Tribal Colleges on Tuition Assistance

The N.D. National Guard celebrated historic agreements with Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) on the Turtle Mountain Reservation and the Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) on the Spirit Lake Reservation. These institutions became the second and third tribal colleges in North Dakota to agree to participate in the state’s tuition waiver program. With this program, colleges can waive an amount equal to 25% of tuition for qualifying members of the N.D. National Guard. Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general signed the agreements along with the two college presidents.

Left: Turtle Mountain Community College interim president, Dr. Kellie Hall and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general sign the memorandum of agreement for participation in the state’s tuition waiver program. Right: Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College and Dohrmann shake hands after signing a tuition waiver memorandum of agreement.

Bismarck Employer Earns ESGR's Patriot Award

Demonstrating support for their employer, N.D. National Guard Soldiers Capt. Vanessa Lennick and Maj. Callie Stein nominated Bismarck's Proximal50 Life Center CEO, Tana Trotter, for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. The award was presented by ESGR volunteer, retired Lt. Col. Kevin Iverson, on Dec. 3. Specifically, Trotter was cited for offering flexible scheduling which allows her Guard employees to accomplish their military duties. Trotter also offered Veterans free classes in celebration of Veterans Day.

Top Photo: ESGR volunteer Kevin Iverson, reads the Patriot Award citation presented to Proximal50 Life Center CEO Tana Trotter on Dec. 3. Left bottom: From left, Capt. Vanessa Lennick, Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, Iverson, Trotter, Maj. Callie Stein. Bottom right: Employees of Proximal50 Life Center.

New Army Personnel System Training

The implementation of the N.D. National Guard's Integrated Personnel and Pay System - Army (IPPSA) is underway with a scheduled "Go Live" date of Dec. 16, 2020. The training of more than 160 human resource professionals from across our state began this week in Bismarck at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory. This training provides instruction on IPPSA's innovative technology and processes and will be phased into the National Guard in two phases. The personnel module is being fielded from 2019 to 2020 and the pay implementation phase is projected for the 2023 to 2024 timeframe.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers trained this week at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory on the New Army Personnel System.

Retired N.D. Guardsman Honored at NFL Game

Retired N.D. Guardsman Master Sgt. Al Herda Jr. was recognized for his military service during the nationally televised NFL game last Sunday night in Houston, Texas. He and his grandson Ben, stood on the Houston Texans' sidelines and received the game ball. Herda served at Camp Grafton Training Center for over 30 years. Read more at N.D. Soldier honored during Sunday Night Football.

Master Sgt. Al Herda Jr. and grandson Ben sit in the stands at the Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots game on Dec. 1 in Houston.

Master Sgt. Al Herda Jr. is displayed on Reliant stadium's jumbotron in Houston during the NFL's Sunday Night Football game on Dec. 1.
Master Sgt. Al Herda Jr.'s grandson Ben visits with two Houston Texans Cheerleaders on Dec. 1.
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