Staff Sgt. Evan Messer, of the 815th Engineer Construction Company, was the top open class individual shooter, and Pfc. Christopher Sagers, of the 816th Military Police Company, was the top novice class individual shooter. 76 Soldiers and Airmen participated on 18 teams, with 39 novice shooters. The match included ten scored M9 pistol and M4 rifle events.
Photo: Staff Sgt. Evan Messer waits to fire his weapon at the N.D. National Guard 2021 Adjutant General’s Combat Marksmanship Match, July 11, 2021.
Senior Master Sergeant Wade Swenson, 119th Wing marksmanship team program coordinator, prepares to shoot an M4 rifle on the range at the N.D. National Guard 2021 Adjutant General’s Combat Marksmanship Match at the Camp Grafton Training Center South firing complex, near McHenry, North Dakota, July 9, 2021.
Sergeant Andrew Maley, 817th Engineer Company (SAPPER), aims an M9 pistol as he prepares to fire at a target at the N.D. National Guard 2021 Adjutant General’s Combat Marksmanship Match at the Camp Grafton Training Center firing complex, near McHenry, North Dakota, July 9, 2021. Maley is one of five current shooters from the state that have earned the distinguished marksmanship badge in both rifle and pistol.
“In the state of North Dakota, we have some of the top marksmen in the Military. We have Soldiers and Airmen that shoot all over the world on the All-Guard team and that starts right here,” said Col. Benjamin Cleghorn, COMMANDER, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade .
Colonel Benjamin Cleghorn, commander of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, prepares to fire his M9 pistol during the General George S. Patton Match portion of the N.D. National Guard 2021 Adjutant General’s Combat Marksmanship Match at the Camp Grafton Training Center firing complex, near McHenry, North Dakota, July 9, 2021.
Ryckman says that "the success of this year does not just belong to recruiting or to the units because ultimately, this was a total team effort for the NDARNG."
There are many opportunities for Soldiers to take the challenge of being a recruiter. Interested Soldiers can contact Command Sgt. Maj. Troy Miller at 701-333-3134.
Engineers Participate in Yellow Ribbon Activities
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) is a Department of Defense (DOD) effort helping National Guard and Reserve service members and their families connect with local resources before, during, and after deployments. (National Guard story by Staff Sgt, Chad Franson, Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program)
The N.D. National Guard's 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment participated in their pre-deployment YRRP event at Camp Grafton Training Center, July 10 to 11. It was supported by a wide variety of agencies and was attended by approximately 150 Soldiers and Family members. Topics covered included TRICARE and other Family benefits, services offered by Service Member Family Support, Red Cross, public affairs and social media guidelines.
Hooligans Celebrate New Colonel
Colonel Mitch Johnson, 119th Wing commander, administered the reaffirmation of the oath of office to Col. Chris Domitrovich, 119th Wing vice commander. (National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David Lipp, 119th Wing)
Domitrovich was promoted during a ceremony at the N.D. Air National Guard Heritage Park at the Air National Guard Base, Fargo, July 14, 2021. Special guests included retired Maj. Gen. Alexander Macdonald, former adjutant general of the N.D. National Guard, and Maj. Gen. Brian Neal, former deputy director of the Air National Guard.
Women's Leadership Summit
Please join us for a live stream of Maj. Gen. Giselle Wilz from the NDNG Women's Leadership Summit at 8:45 a.m., July 22, 2021. The live stream will be hosted on our website. Wilz, a former N.D. Army National Guard member, is currently assigned as the Director of Staff, National Guard Bureau. (National Guard story by Officer Candidate Michaela C.P. Granger, N.D. Public Affairs Office)
Major General Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, presented awards to two Soldiers, Bismarck, July 15, 2021. (National Guard story by Officer Candidate Michaela C.P. Granger, N.D. Public Affairs Office)
Major Jay Sheldon, J5/9 strategic plans and policy officer was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for distinguishing himself while assigned to the COVID-19 Unified Command Testing Strategy Task Force from April 27, 2020 to May 22, 2021.