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TAG Line April 10, 2020

Staff Sgt. Leroy Filler of the 81st Civil Support Team instructs Soldiers on safety protocols during training at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck on April 7. N.D. National Guard Soldiers are training to help support the state’s COVID-19 drive through testing operations.

N.D. Guard Helps N.D Department Health

Mobile COVID-19 Test Training

Volunteers from the 816th Military Police (MP) Company and the 191st MP Company received training from the 81st Civil Support Team on COVID-19 mobile testing procedures and specimen collection. These Soldiers trained at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory on April 7 and 8 in preparation for supporting North Dakota's whole of community response to the COVID-19 virus. In addition to classroom training which familiarized them with the COVID-19 testing kits, they conducted hands-on exercises to prepare for manning mobile testing stations, how to employ personal protection measures and operating traffic control points to ensure optimal traffic patterns during the testing.

Sgt. 1st Class Chris Keller, left, and Staff Sgt. Leroy Filler, both of the 81st Civil Support Team, discuss how mobile testing operations on April 8 at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory.

Staff Sgt. Leroy Filler holds up a COVID-19 test packet during training at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory on April 7. This training instructed soldiers on how to properly use personal protective equipment and safely handle testing kits.

Soldiers from the 191st and 816th Military Police Companies train on collecting data from civilians driving through the mobile testing station at the Raymond J. Bohn on April 7.

Spc. Dillion Tunning of the 191st Military Police Company trains on data collection for COVID-19 mobile testing sites at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck on April 7.

Spc. Dillion Tunning and Spc. Konner Elliot, of the 191st Military Police Company, familiarize themselves with the COVID-19 testing kits on April 8 at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory

Spc. Kat Zajac, 191st Military Police Company, trains on how to collect data from civilians driving through the mobile testing station. Soldiers took part in classroom training, which was then followed by hands-on exercises.

Keeping the Wing Safe

119th Wing members perform their duties at at the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo on April 8, while paying attention to health protection measures implemented in response to COVID-19 virus. Unit members are utilizing personal protective equipment and following distance guidance measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Tech. Sgt. Dana Brakke, of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, wears personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus while checking identification cards at the entry gate at the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo on April 8. Unit members continue their duties at the base, while following guidance for personal protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus at the same time.

Senior Airman Logen Jacobson, of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, wears personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus while inspecting a commercial vehicle at the entry gate at the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo on April 8. Unit members continue their duties at the base, while following guidance for personal protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus at the same time.

Airman 1st Class Anna Henry, a 119th Security Forces Squadron augmentee, wears personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus while performing his duties at the entry gate at the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo on April 8. Unit members continue their duties at the base, while following guidance for personal protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus at the same time.

Guard Assists with Drive-Through Testing

N.D. Dept of Health (NDDoH), Southwest District Public Health and the N.D. National Guard partnered in a whole of community approach to offer drive up COVID-19 testing sites in the towns of Amidon and Gladstone on April 4 and 5, respectively. The team was joined by local emergency managers, Slope and Stark County Sheriff's Departments and the Gladstone Fire Department. This testing is part of NDDoH's Operation Drive-In and was the first of its kind in North Dakota. About 735 tests were administered over the two days.

Col. Brian Keller, N.D. Army National Guard Deputy State Surgeon, collects an oral pharyngeal swab from a patient during Operation Drive In, in Gladstone, N.D. on April 5.

Capt. Laura Schmidt, 81st Civil Support Team, works with local public health officials to make labels for the specimen vials during mobile COVID-19 testing in Amidon, N.D., on April 4.

Soldiers from the N. D. National Guard assist with mobile COVID-19 testing in the towns of Amidon and Gladstone on April 4 and 5, respectively. The Guard members assisted in collecting test specimens and directing traffic as part of the state's Operation Drive-In which supports the whole of community approach in helping slow the spread of the virus.

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