Happy Hooligan Airmen have effectively worked jointly with N.D. National Guard Soldiers from across the state to ensure successful execution of COVID-19 support missions since March. These missions include facilitating testing operations, cleaning of long-term care facilities and transport of medical supplies. Now, the Hooligans are actively executing command and control of the statewide COVID-19 missions, while working jointly with their Army colleagues. They’ve been dubbed, Task Force Hooligan. This task force will control operations until its 45-day rotation ends in early December, at which time an Army Guard unit will assume control.
Photo - Tech. Sgt. Tracy Bassett, lower right, supports execution of command and control of the Task Force Hooligan's COVID-19 missions at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fargo.
“It’s been an excellent opportunity and experience to work together with Soldiers from the N.D. Army Guard to support these important COVID-19 support missions,” said 1st Lt Crystal Telling, the 119 Wing’s director of personnel. She is working personnel management for Task Force Hooligan. “We’re managing hundreds of Soldiers’ and Airmen’s paperwork from across seven regions in the state as they come on or off orders. It’s logistically challenging, but also very rewarding.”
Photo - Lt. Col. Jenn Silbernagel, Task Force Hooligan, supports execution of command and control of the N.D. National Guard’s COVID-19 support missions at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fargo.
Master Sgt. Dale Franchuk fills out the daily COVID-19 information tracker in the Joint Operations Center on Nov. 19, 2020.
Celebrating Veterans Day
The St. Mary's Central High School Symphonic Band and Wind Orchestra performed their first fall band concert of the year on Veterans Day in Bismarck, N.D. The concert paid tribute to our Nation and to those who have served in the Armed Forces. Saint Mary’s Academy instructor Officer Candidate Kellen Tibor read a powerful letter from a fallen war hero during one of the musical pieces. Tibor serves in the N.D. Army National Guard. (Photos by Renae Jacob and story by Anne Chambers of St. Mary’s Central High School)