When Charlotte joined the Happy Hooligans the N.D. Air National Guard had 11 enlisted WAFs (Women in the Air Force) among their ranks, led by Airman Paula Toay, the first female to directly enlist in the NDANG April 1972. Toay, right, and Airman Pam Miller, stand on the flightline near a McDonnell F-101 Voodoo at the N.D. National Guard air base in Fargo, N.D. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. Everett Brust, 119th Fighter Wing)
A 1951 Fargo Forum article reported; “Charlotte J. Schmitz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Schmitz, enlisted in the Women’s Air Force (WAF) and expects to be sent to San Antonio, Texas, for her basic training. Miss Schmitz has been a member of the Civilian Air Patrol for over two years. She was attending North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC) in Fargo and is a candidate for Queen at the Military ball being held Friday evening. She is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.”
“My mother joined the Air Force almost 70 years ago when there were so many restrictions in place. Women are now eligible to serve in all Air National Guard career fields, and we have many working in aircraft maintenance today. It’s inspiring that she was one of very few females serving in avionics in the early 1950s,” said Anderson.
Officer Candidate Brent Lafontaine, 81st Civil Support Team, scans a classroom for chemicals as evaluation officials from US Army North watch during an exercise in Mandan, N.D., March 22, 2021. (U.S. National Guard photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
“It’s been a long-term goal to do this. We finally got it across the finish line and now we’re looking forward to getting students the funding and support that they need. It’s another program to make education more accessible,” said Dr. Twyla Baker, president of NHSC. “We want to be supportive of what our students are doing and if they choose to serve, we want to honor that.”
Photo: Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, left, and Dr. Twyla Baker, president, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, discuss the memorandum of agreement between the college and the N.D. National Guard regarding state tuition assistance, Newtown, N.D., Feb. 16, 2021.
On Jan. 15 and Jan. 16, 2021, three C-130 Hercules aircraft, operated by the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing, transported the N.D. Guard Soldiers from the Bismarck Airport to Joint Base Andrews, in Md. Flight time was about four and half hours.
Photo - Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company head toward the C-130 Hercules aircraft that would transport them to Joint Base Andrew, Md., Jan. 16, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)
As the day of the inauguration came and went, the N.D. Guard Soldiers dutifully performed their missions, helping to ensure the peaceful transition of authority.
Photo - Spc. Andrew Doss looks through a temporary barrier while providing security near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2021. (Photo by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)
A C-17 Globemaster from the West Virginia Air National’s 167th Airlift Wing returned 90 Soldiers while an Arkansas Air National Guard C-130 Hercules transported another 40 home to Bismarck.
Photo - 816th Military Police Company Soldiers deplane a C-130 Hercules at the Bismarck Airport near the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility, Jan. 24, 2021. (Photo by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
Master Sgt. D.J. Rohrich, OCS first sergeant: "From the non-commissioned officer (NCO) perspective, our goal is to continually stress the importance of the officer - NCO relationship. Our officer candidates need to learn that the NCOs are the backbone of their units and a great relationship between a platoon leader and the platoon sergeant builds trust and confidence within that platoon. The success of that relationship will spread to your Soldiers and they will emulate that professionalism. I challenge NCOs and Soldiers to step outside their comfort zone and learn more about our OCS program and consider applying.
Photo - Officer candidates of Class #64 prepare to head to the barracks at the end of a training day, Camp Grafton Training Center, March 19, 2021. (U.S. National Guard photo by Capt. Corey Arnold, platoon trainer, Officer Candidate School)
Daschendorf, “I take great pride in our experienced staff. Our Cadre has over 200 years of military service with multiple overseas and domestic deployments. Many of them have served as company commanders and first sergeants. Our staff constantly challenge themselves to improve individually and collectively so we can provide the best training and mentorship to our candidates. We are always looking for officers, NCOs and warrant officers who have a passion for developing future leaders. If you enjoy teaching and training, becoming a member of our OCS cadre could be a great fit for you."
Photo - Capt. Corey Arnold, platoon trainer and executive officer, N.D. Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, grades officer candidates during the Army Occupational Physical Assessment Test at Camp Grafton Training Center on March 19, 2021. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
Army Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) training is an annual requirement for all Soldiers. Every year the N.D. National Guard's SHARP program assembles victim advocates from around the state to build new, engaging, interactive training. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are topics that can be difficult to broach. The training meets the Department of Defense’s mandated talking points and brings awareness to the SHARP programs services.
Photo - The SHARP Curriculum Committee met at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on March 22, 2021. (U.S. National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
The N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office in partnership with the Diversity and Inclusion Executive Committee, has used social media to feature exceptional Women within our agency during the month of March.
Be sure to check out and “like” the N.D. National Guard Facebook page to view all of the women featured.
Gratitude is not simply a spontaneous emotion experienced when overwhelmed by some good turn of events. Gratitude is a choice. And how does one choose gratitude? It is simple. Every day take some time and say thank you to God for those gifts you have in your life. Especially on the days when you are not feeling the gratitude.
Photo: Chaplain (Capt.) Chad O. Gion and his dog, Hoke.
Veterans returned to Minot for their second dose approximately 28 days later. Other clinics were hosted at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, Camp Grafton Training Center, near Devils Lake, and the armories in Dickinson and Grand Forks. Veterans will return to those facilities for their second doses.
Photo - Veterans wait to be vaccinated at the Minot Armed Forces Reserve Center, Minot, N.D., Feb. 3, 2021. Photo courtesy of Veterans Administration.