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TAG Line Sept. 18, 2020

Top photo: Two N.D. National Guard Soldiers, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Fischer, left, and Sgt. Chris Geck, stand by for the beginning of a ceremony dedicating a battlecross memorial to Cpl. Nathan Goodiron' memory at New Town, N.D. on Sept. 12, 2020. (Photo by Sgt. Michaela Granger, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)

POW - MIA Recognition Day

In honor of POW - MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 18, we encourage everyone to take a moment and recognize those who’ve paid dearly for the freedoms we enjoy today. This special day was established in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. Ever since, each president has proclaimed the third Friday in September as National POW - MIA Recognition Day. It's important that we never forget.

The POW/MIA Memorial at the N.D. Veterans Cemetery was dedicated on July 3, 2015.

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Goodiron Memorial Dedication

The North Dakota Heroes Foundation (NDHF) hosted a dedication ceremony honoring Cpl. Nathan Goodiron, in New Town, N.D., on Sept. 12, 2020 near the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum. Goodiron was killed in action in Afghanistan on Nov. 23, 2006 while on duty with the N.D. National Guard's 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. The dedication honoring Goodiron with a Soldier’s battlefield cross made of bronze, with a plaque affixed to the base. Rendering remarks were Chairman Mark Fox of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, former U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the N.D. National Guard. Duane Sand, founder and director of the NDHF, served as master of ceremonies for the dedication. (Story and photos by Sgt. Michaela Granger, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Paul Fischer, left, and Sgt. Chris Geck, unveil the battlecross memorial honoring Cpl. Nathan Goodiron in New Town, N.D., on Sept. 12, 2020. Geck served with Goodiron in Afghanistan.

The Soldier’s battlefield cross made of bronze honoring Cpl. Nathan Goodiron's was unveiled at a memorial ceremony in New Town, N.D., on Sept. 12, 2020.

Speakers and other honored guests render honors as taps is performed at a ceremony honoring Cpl. Nathan Goodiron on Sept. 12, 2020.

9/11 Remembrance

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N.D. Soldier Competes in National Best Warrior Competition

Sgt. Grant Schafer, 816th Military Police Company, earned the right to represent Region VI at the Army National Guard 2020 Best Warrior Competition (BWC) at Camp Shelby Joint Force Training Center and Camp McCain Training Center in Miss. This competition is a rigorous combination of mental and physical events based on military skills. The winners from the seven regional BWCs, seven non-commissioned officers and seven Soldiers, competed for the title of Best Warrior during a four-day event. The event determined the top non-commissioned officer and enlisted Soldier who will represent the U.S. Army National Guard in the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition later this year. Staff Sgt. Mitchell Scofield, Mississippi National Guard, and Cpl. Daniel D’Ippolito, Arizona National Guard, were named the noncommissioned officer and Soldier Best Warrior winners 2020 respectfully. Note: Schafer began the competition before being promoted to sergeant, and therefore competed in the Soldier category. (National Guard photos by Sgt. Edward Lee, Mississippi National Guard)

A 'baseball card' was created for each competitor at the National Best Warrior Competition in Miss.
Sgt. Grant Schafer, N.D. National Guard, conducts the low crawl portion of the obstacle course during the Army National Guard 2020 Best Warrior Competition on Sept. 14, 2020.

Sgt. Grant Schafer, N.D. National Guard, crosses the rope bridge during the obstacle course of the Army National Guard 2020 Best Warrior Competition on Sept. 14, 2020

Sgt. Grant Schafer, N.D. National Guard, negotiates the obstacle course during the Army National Guard 2020 Best Warrior Competition on Sept. 14, 2020.

Sgt. Grant Schafer, N.D. National Guard, competes in the pistol marksmanship event of the Army National Guard 2020 Best Warrior Competition on Sept. 15, 2020.

Battle Buddy BBQ

Employees of Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, N.D. hosted a lunchtime Battle Buddy BBQ competition on Sept. 16, 2020. The main purpose of the competition was to raise awareness of suicide prevention month and to promote workplace resiliency.

Sgt. 1st Class Kim Unruh, Army Command executive assistant, shows off her fleischkuechle at the Battle Buddy BBQ on Sept. 16, 2020. Fleischkuechle is German dish featuring ground beef and pork in a breading pocket and is very popular dish in North Dakota thanks to the Germans from Russia immigrants that settled in the state.

Father - Daughter Dance

The N.D National Guard Child and Youth Program held its 4th Annual Military Father Figure - Daughter Ball at the River Haven Event Center in Moorhead, Minn. on Sept. 11, 2020. A positive father/daughter relationship can have a huge impact on a young girl's life. Since military commitments and other activities can sometimes limit a father's time with their daughters, the purpose of this event is to allow daughters to have their father figure's undivided attention for an entire evening. This event was attended by 26 father figures and 29 military daughters. Covid-19 Guidelines were strictly enforced during this memorable evening. Amber Mattson, a military wife and photographer, took a keepsake photo of each family at the event. (Story and photos by Spc. Kristin Berg, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)

Spc. Joe Sauvageau, 191st Military Police Company, dances with his daughter at the Father and Daughter Dance in Fargo on Sept. 11, 2020.

Staff Sgt. Brennan Lemar, 119th Wing, helps his daughter with refreshments at the Father and Daughter Dance in Fargo on Sept. 11, 2020.

Sgt. 1st Class Nick Kane, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, takes a selfie with his daughter at the Father and Daughter Dance.

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