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TAG Line February 28, 2020

World War II Veterans Honored

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, deputy adjutant general, presided over a ceremony in Bismarck on Feb. 25 honoring a pair of World War II Veterans who served in the Coast Guard Women's Reserve, or SPAR. The U.S. Coast Guard asked the N.D. National Guard to deliver letters of appreciation to Lt. j.g. Charlotte Lorena "Terry" Nelson, age 107 and Yeoman 2nd Class Kathleen Marguerite Ruff Donahue, age 96. These letters thanked them for their service and dedication to the nation during a time of war. Huber also presented certificates of appreciation and flowers to the Veterans. Top photo: Huber talks with Nelson, the oldest surviving SPAR.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber reads a letter from the U.S. Coast Guard recognizing the service of Lt. j.g. Charlotte Lorena "Terry" Nelson, left and Yeoman 2nd Class Kathleen Marguerite Ruff Donahue during World War II.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber presents Yeoman 2nd Class Kathleen Marguerite Ruff Donahue with a letter of appreciation from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber poses with World War II Veterans Lt. j.g. Charlotte Lorena "Terry" Nelson, left and Yeoman 2nd Class Kathleen Marguerite Ruff Donahue, during a ceremony recognizing their service with the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber presents Lt. j.g. Charlotte Lorena "Terry" Nelson with a letter of appreciation from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Marksmanship Prep

N.D. National Guard sharpshooters prepare for their upcoming matches by practicing on the firing range at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy. The N.D. Guard team will compete at the National Guard sponsored Winston P. Wilson Competition held April 24-May 1 at Camp Robinson, Ark. The N.D. team was also invited to the All Army Championship at Fort Benning scheduled for March 2-15 because they won the 2019 Marksmanship Advisory Council Region VI Marksmanship Championship last July.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Wieland, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Grant Semchenko score and repair their targets on the range on Feb. 23.

Staff Sgt. Gavin Rook, left, and Staff Sgt. Tyrel Hoppe score and discuss their shot group on the range at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy Feb. 23. These Happy Hooligans are practicing for upcoming matches.

141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Training

This past weekend, the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) hosted a weekend of individual training for nearly 500 Soldiers. The MEB conducted 19 courses in Fargo, Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) and Valley City. N.D. National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, CGTC and the MEB provided instructors in support of this training. The most attended course was Combat Lifesaver which certified nearly 150 Soldiers qualifying them to render first response medical aid on the battlefield.

Left: Soldiers participate in Staff Officer 101 training. Right: Soldiers attend Resilience Assistance training. Both courses were conducted at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center on Feb. 22-23.

UPAR Training

The N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office conducted Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) training on Feb. 23 in Valley City. As an extra duty, UPARs serve as the link between the public affairs office and Army units throughout the state. They report news-worthy events, military training, and play a significant role in telling the story of the Citizen-Soldier and Airman. Approximately 20 Soldiers learned about UPAR responsibilities which included basic photography, video, writing and social media. The course ended with a practical exercise to test skills learned throughout the day. To learn more or to request UPAR training contact the public affairs office at 701-333-2195.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers participating in UPAR training prepare a story about the Combat Lifesaver Course on Feb. 23.

Soldiers participating in UPAR training prepare photos and story on Feb. 23.

Soldiers participating in the UPAR Course take photos for a story about the Army's new physical fitness test on Feb. 23.

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