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Military Police work with Ghanaian Armed Forces

In June, 191st Military Police (MP) Company Soldiers, 1st Lt. Bradley McGinnis and Spc. Isaiah Jackson, worked with members of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), our original state partner through the State Partnership Program, at Burma Camp near Accra, Ghana. The exercises included military police functions useful for peacekeeping operations such as mission planning, troop leading procedures, military operations in urban terrain, entry control points and vehicle searches. The exercises culminated with a night-time scenario which incorporated all lessons learned into a single continuous event. Top photo: Spc. Jackson demonstrates how U.S. Army forces clear rooms in an urban environment to a group of Ghanaian military members.

The GAF had 60 soldiers, sailors and airmen participating in these exercises making it a challenging and rewarding experience for the North Dakota Guardsmen who were in Africa for the first time. All of the participants enjoyed the well planned and progressive exercise experience which is useful in military peacekeeping. Ghana is one of the leading nations in Africa in providing professional peacekeepers to conflicted areas and have served as UN peacekeepers since the early 1960s. These types of engagements strengthen our partnership which in turn supports combatant commanders and Department of Defense goals.

Spc. Isaiah Jackson explains U.S. Army forces techniques for clearing rooms in an urban environment to a group of Ghanaian military members.

Spc. Isaiah Jackson (center) watches as Ghanaian military police members practice hand cuffing procedures.

Guard Soldiers Help Celebrate American Legion's Centennial in Grand Forks

The North Dakota National Guard helped celebrate the American Legion's 100th anniversary on June 29 by participating in a ceremony and parade near Williamson Park in Grand Forks. The event was a city-wide recognition of government, military, and civic organizations that provide support to our nation and community. The commander of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (1-188th ADA), Lt. Col. Matthew Carman, rendered remarks during the opening ceremony. Soldiers from the 1-188 ADA and Detachment 1, 191st Military Police Company participated in the parade that showcased military and civilian service vehicles from the past and present. Teaming up with the Legion's Veterans to support a North Dakota community event was a great experience for the Soldiers.

Top left: Spc. Jeseb Mogen and Spc. Richie Delgado, Det. 1, 191st Military Police Company show off the Armored Security Vehicle. Top right: Lt. Col. Matthew Carman, commander of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, is driven to the opening ceremony by an antique Chevrolet truck. Bottom: Spc. Ramond Ruschel waives to the crowd as he maneuvers the Avenger Pod while Sgt. Robert Susterick drives.

Military Youth STEAM Camp

The North Dakota National Guard Child and Youth Program hosted their second annual military STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Camp, June 30 to July 2, on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo. The course focused on STEAM skills with hands-on activities to reinforce the instruction. Forty military children led by four squad leaders and two North Dakota National Guard military youth coordinators spent the days participating in art classes, rock climbing, resiliency and team building activities along with traditional science, technology, engineering and math pursuits. The military kids stayed overnight in the university's dormitory which helped provide the campers a college experience. "This is a great camp for military kids that enjoy technology and the arts as well as spending only a short time away from home," said Mandy Malo, Military Youth Coordinator for the North Dakota National Guard."

Top left: Military youth campers wave from the babbling brook bridge near the bison statue and Minard Hall on the campus of North Dakota State University. Left bottom: This group of military youth excelled during a two-day modeling challenge by creating a replica of Paris' Eiffel Tower using the architecture set. Right bottom: Beth, an instructor with Plains Art Museum works with campers Ian McEvers (left) and Joseph Brown participating in watercolor screen printing, one of the art classes offered at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo during the National Guard's youth camp June 30 to July 2.

Saber Guardian 2019 Equipment Recovery

Nearly 40 North Dakota National Guard Soldiers were in Romania recovering equipment and vehicles used in the multinational exercise Saber Guardian 2019 . Equipment is repaired and then cleaned to meet U.S. Customs and Border Patrol inspection standards before boarding ships bound for the United States. Saber Guardian is a bi-annual exercise co-led by the Romanian Joint Force Command and U.S. Army Europe. This year's exercise took place June 3-24 at various locations in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. This exercise helps improve the integration of multinational combat forces. Videos and photos of last month's Saber Guardian exercise.

Top left: Capt. Joe Johnson coordinates repair, cleaning and movement of North Dakota National Guard equipment and vehicles at port of Constanta in Romania on the western coast of the Black Sea. Top right: View of operations at the port of Constanta prior to loading vehicles and equipment on ships. Bottom: From right Master Sgt. Eric Peterson, Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Hovlund and Sgt. 1st Class Chad Smith install replacement parts in a non-operational Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) in preparation for loading onto a ship en route to the United States.

Governor's Cabinet and Staff Visit Camp

The North Dakota National Guard hosted more than 30 members of Governor Doug Burgum's cabinet and staff during an offsite July 10 to 11 at Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) near Devils Lake. Taking advantage of CGTC's facilities, participants split up into three teams and took on the team challenge of the Leaders Reaction Course. This military obstacle course exercises teamwork and initiative and provided participants with a memorable experience.

Top photo: Members of Governor's cabinet and staff tackle Lane 6 of the Leaders Reaction Course (LRC) at Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC). Lane 6 challenge is for team members to transport themselves, two water cans and two litters across two platforms. Bottom photos: Team members tackle the LRC's Lane 2, where the challenge is to get themselves and the two provided boards over platforms and small round posts. All events are timed.

Guard Soldiers Roll in Mandan's Independence Day Parade

Six North Dakota National Soldiers participated in the annual July 4th parade in Mandan celebrating the nation's birthday. The Guardsmen operated an armored HMMWV and a privately owned 1960s era U.S. Army Jeep 1/4 ton vehicle and trailer. The parade was broadcast live on a local television station and drew an estimated 6,000 fans lining Main Street in downtown Mandan. Our Soldiers were pleased by the opportunity to help celebrate American's Independence.

Sgt. Alex Johnson drives an armored HMMWV down Main Street during Mandan's Independence Day parade as Pfc. Mackenzie Nagel waves to the crowd. (Photo courtesy of Tom Stromme, Bismarck Tribune)

North Dakota National Guard Soldiers that participated in Mandan's Independence Day parade pose with Mandan police chief Jason Ziegler (center) at the city's Independence Day parade. From left: Sgt. Alex Johnson, Pfc. Mackenzie Nagel, Sgt. Sam Kroll, Ziegler, Pfc. Hannah Miller, Spc. Daniel Gonzalez and Staff Sgt. Kyle Emmel.

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