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TAG Line October 11, 2019

TAG Townhall

Last Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general, hosted a townhall and full-time employee appreciation event at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center. Both N.D. Army and Air uniformed and civilian employees attended to hear Dohrmann and other senior leaders provide updates on the activities of our organization. The event was streamed live across the state for other N.D. Guard members and employees. Before closing, Dohrmann responded to questions from those present and those submitted by text. After the townhall, attendees were treated to a free lunch served by senior leaders. Top photo: Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann renders remarks at a townhall at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center Oct. 8.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber renders remarks at the townhall in Fargo on Oct. 8. Huber recently assumed the duties of deputy adjutant general from Brig. Gen. Bob Becklund, who retired.

Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller provides an update from his perspective as N.D. National Guard's state command chief during the TAG Townhall Oct. 8 in Fargo.

Senior N.D. National Guard leaders served lunch to the full-time force after the townhall in Fargo on Oct. 8. Left to right are Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, Command Sgt. Maj. Dave Lien and Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann administers the oath of office to N.D. Air Guard civilian employee Joann Splonskowski. Recently the N.D. National Guard has offered our civilian employees, both federal and state, the same opportunity to demonstrate allegiance to the U.S. Constitution afforded uniformed Guard members.

Hooligans Evaluate Minnesota Air Guard's Senior NCO Course

Chief Master Sgt. Mark Rukavina, Minnesota Air National Guard' state command chief, invited the 119th Wing to participate in their Senior Master Sergeant course to see if it would benefit their senior non-commissioned officers. Four Happy Hooligans accepted the invitation for the course held Oct. 5 to 7 at Camp Ripley, Minn. Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller, N.D. National Guard state command chief and Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kansas, 119th Wing command chief attended the course as observers while Senior Master Sgts. Chris Wallberg and Ken Rossen actively participated. The Hooligans will continue to evaluate this course and decide if they will organize a similar course of instruction.

Left photo: Senior Master Sgt. Ken Rossen, left, works on a class project at Minn. Air Guard's Senior Master Sergeant Course Oct. 6 at Camp Ripley, Minn. Right photo: Senior Master Sgt. Chris Wallberg, center, looks up during the Minn. Air Guard's Senior Master Sergeant Course on Oct. 6.

State Emergency Operations Plan Activated

In response to a major winter storm hitting North Dakota, Gov. Burgum's news release on Oct. 11 announced that the State Emergency Operations Plan was activated. This release discussed the "whole-of-government approach" which includes the collaboration of state agencies to include the N.D. Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), the N.D. National Guard (NDNG) and the N.D. Civil Air Patrol (NDCAP). Local media interested in how our agencies prepare for and respond to weather emergencies, interviewed several key personnel to include the adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann; Col. Tad Schauer, directory of military support for the NDNG; CAP Capt. Larry Regorrah, director of emergency support for NDCAP; and Capt. Rob Pelescak, operations officer for NDNG's military support. These three agencies are administered under the direction of the Office of the N.D. Adjutant General and continually plan for emergency support contingencies as called for in this order.

Capt. Rob Pelescak, operations officer for NDNG's military support, talks with reporter John Salling of KFYR-TV at the N.D. National Guard's Joint Operations Center (JOC) at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. Salling was reporting on the N.D. Guard's preparation for emergency response on Oct. 11.

Civil Air Patrol Capt. Larry Regorrah, director of emergency support for the N.D. Civil Air Patrol (NDCAP), discusses how the NDCAP prepares for and responds to emergency operations with reporter John Salling at the State Operations Center at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck. Regorrah, a NDCAP volunteer, is the N.D. Department of Emergency Services' training and exercise officer.

Air National Guard's Top Cop

The chief of Security Forces Division, Logistics and Installations Directorate at the National Guard Bureau, Col. Victor W. Moncrieffe II, recently visited the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo on Oct. 9. Moncrieffe is responsible for developing policies, organizing, training and equipping more than 7,400 security forces personnel in the Air National Guard.

Moncrieffe is responsible for developing policies, organizing, training and equipping more than 7,400 security forces personnel in the Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

Left photo: Col. Victor W. Moncrieffe II, left, listens as Capt. Jason Augdahl, commander of the 119th Security Forces Squadron (SFS), discusses security at the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo on Oct. 9. Right photo: Chief Master Sgt. Steve Gibson, 119th SFS, stands by to brief as Augdahl, right, guides Moncrieffe, center, on a tour of facilities at the N.D. Air National Guard Base.

Annual Father-Daughter Dance

The North Dakota National Guard Child and Youth Program held its 4th Annual Father-Daughter Ball at the Heritage Museum in Bismarck on Sept. 28. About 125 people participated in this even intended for military daughters and their father-figures. This event highlights the special father-daughter relationship, allowing daughters to experience undivided attention from their paternal parent, and provides them time together away from life's daily distractors and stressors. Events like this also help create family resiliency and promote healthy relationships. Local businesses and organizations donated the refreshments and decorations. The fathers and daughters enjoyed many activities to include a funny photo booth, bracelet-making table, and lots of special moments on the dance floor. Participants were invited to pose for formal prom-like portraits to help them remember the evening.

Some of the participants of the N.D. National Guard Child and Youth Program's 4th Annual Father-Daughter Ball in Bismarck on Sept. 28.
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