North Dakota Guard Soldiers Head for Romania
About 400 Soldiers from the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) and subordinate units, left North Dakota for Romania to participate in exercise Saber Guardian 2019. Soldiers will conduct convoy and mobility operations, sustainment support and other field training during the exercise. SB19 is co-led by Romanian Land Forces and U.S. Army Europe and takes place from June 3-24 at various locations in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania and is designed to improve the integration of multinational combat forces. (Top photo: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chedric Phillips, of the 141st MEB, boards charter aircraft bound for Romania Friday in Fargo.)
June 6th, 2019 we celebrated the 75th anniversary of the landing of U.S. and Allied forces at Normandy, France which opened a western front against Nazi Germany. While no North Dakota National Guard units directly participated in the June 6, 1944 landing, (D-Day), two units followed the invasion force a few days later. Here's a snapshot of the three North Dakota units during that time in the war.
The North Dakota National Guard will receive a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI) in August 2019. In preparation, the National Guard Bureau (NGB) provided a Site Assistance Visit (SAV) team May 20 – 24. The team focused on two goals, to provide a thorough evaluation of the CCRI checklist; and , to provide the NDNG with a “find-and-fix” opportunity to quickly correct noted deficiencies.
Based in Philadelphia, the SAV team is comprised of members of the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) who assess state National Guard units 90 days prior to their upcoming CCRIs.
While the SAV and CCRI focus heavily on Information Technology – cyber in particular – it also conducts assessment physical security, operational security and user training. Therefore, the assessment becomes an organization-wide event that touches many areas such as personnel, facilities management, intelligence, finance and operations. The SAV team also considers the culture and security climate of the entire organization, command emphasis and support, security capability and conduct of security operations.
The North Dakota National Guard earned scores of 72.38 for Secure Internet Protocol Router Network and 71.20 for the Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Network. The SAV team leader praised the scores pointing out that other states average scores in the 50s and 60s. He was confident that we will be ready for the August CCRI. Photo: Mr. Kiel Skager (left), of the North Dakota National Guard's Communications Directorate, meets with SAV team members on May 21 at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck.
Sgt. 1st Class Kileigh Maki (left) and family member Anthony Stoner are roll playing during ASIST workshop. The ASIST role play exercise allows participants to practice identification of warning signs and asking direct questions about suicide and its prevention. This is an important step in an intervention; it allows for both parties to acknowledge what it happening and is the starting point of creating a safety plan.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Bob Axman (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Adam Walsvik conduct an exercise. Participants conduct role playing exercises which help them work through the Pathway for Assisting Life (PAL) model during a crisis intervention. The PAL model is essentially a map of an intervention and starts with exploring invitations (warning signs) and ends with a plan for safety. The PAL model is the core of ASIST training.
ASIST facilitator Sgt 1st. Class Grant Semchenko pretends he's threatening to jump off of a bridge while family member Amber Mattson tries to talk him into abandoning his plans as part of an exercise. During this particular role play, participants are invited to use the skills of ASIST and the PAL model to talk the person down from the bridge. This practical exercise is one of four the ASIST course uses to test participants knowledge of what they've learned during the workshop.