Thirty-eight Soldiers from the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB), 231st Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment and the 426th Signal Company retrieved unit equipment used during the June exercise Saber Guardian 2019 in Romania. The Soldiers worked with BNSF railroad employees in Grand Forks to offload approximately 60 rail cars hauling more than 227 pieces of military equipment. The cargo and equipment was transported back to their units for inventory and technical inspection. Saber Guardian is an annual U.S. Army Europe-led, multinational exercise, that took place in numerous locations in Europe, and was co-hosted by the land force components in participating countries. This rail operation marks the conclusion of Saber Guardian for the 141st MEB and its subordinate units.
The Ghana Engineer Training School (ETS) is one of the most enduring State Partnership Program relationships between the N.D. National Guard and the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
For the last seven years, the N.D. National Guard's 164th Regional Training Institute supported the ETS by providing Guard cadre to review, support and exchange good ideas about their training curriculum. Their engineer training includes horizontal (earthwork), vertical (electrical, carpentry and plumbing) and combat engineer tasks. Those GAF Soldiers and Airmen selected to branch engineer, will receive advanced training in those skills designed to support Ghana's U.N. peacekeeping operations. For the last five years, GAF engineers have supported peacekeeping efforts in Mali by maintaining their bases utilizing all aspects of the engineering skills learned at ETS.
Photo: (left to right) Maj. Amedek, ETS cadre, Majors Jarrod Simek and Beth Simek, N.D. Army National Guard and Capt. Konado, ETS cadre, at the entrance of the GAF Engineer Training School.
Maj. Jarrod Simek, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, and Maj. Beth Simek, 68th Troop Command, are supporting a Disaster Preparedness Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) engagement with the Republic of Ghana's National Disaster Management Organization or NADMO. This is the country's equivalent of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
NADMO is managed by the GMinistry of Interior and is the lead coordinator for all disaster efforts within Ghana. The N.D. Guard has been conducting engagements with NADMO since 2005 by sharing best practices, and conducting training classes and exercises. The N.D. Department of Emergency Services has also been instrumental in supporting NADMO throughout the last 15 years, bringing over emergency managers, public health officers and trainers to teach Incident Command System principles, used by both FEMA and the United Nations as a preferred model for disaster management. The N.D. Guard also supported the outfitting of a $350,000 National Emergency Operations Center designed in part by Staff Sgt. Brad Turck, Maj. Shannon Horton, Lt. Col. (retired) Mike Holly and 1st Sgt. (retired) Steven Kilde.
Photo: N.D. National Guard's Staff Sgt. Brad Turck (right) talks with a NADMO employee during an U.S. Africa Command inspection of their national emergency operations center in 2015.