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TAG Line July 9, 2021

An M1977 Common Bridge Transporter, assigned to the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge), participates in the annual Mandan Independence Day Parade, Mandan, N.D., July 4, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Mandan Independence Day Parade @Wyatt Ell Media)

Guard Engineers Complete Fairgrounds Project

Soldiers of the 815th Engineer Company distribute fill material onto a road during their 2021 annual training at Wishek, N.D., June 30, 2021.

This during their annual training this summer the 815th Engineer Company improved the Tri-County Fairgrounds and Speedway in Wishek, N.D. The fairgrounds project includes upgrading the incoming road, leveling the parking area, renovating and building restrooms. Projects like these provide excellent training for engineer Soldiers while simultaneously supporting their community. The project was completed in time for the Tri-County Fair which began on July 8, 2021. (National Guard story, video and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. Public Affairs Office)

Soldiers of the 815th Engineer Company cut a floorboard for a restroom during annual training at Wishek, N.D., June 30, 2021.

Specialist Justin Pritchett, 142nd Engineer Battalion, prepares a survey GPS System to check the elevation of a road at Tri-County Fairgrounds and Speedway, Wishek, N.D., June 30, 2021. Pritchett is a technical engineer (MOS 12T) who provides quality control.

Specialist Jack Loepp, 815th Engineer Company, left, places a screw into a piece of fiberboard while Spc. Daniel Werlinger holds the board in place in a restroom at the Tri-County Fairgrounds and Speedway, Wishek, N.D., June 30, 2021.

Specialist Kaitlynn Morrell, 815th Engineer Company, waits atop of her vibratory roller for a grader to pass at Tri-County Fairgrounds and Speedway, Wishek, N.D., June 30, 2021. The roller is used to compact soil.

A Soldier of the 815th Engineer Company uses a grader to level a road during their annual training project at Tri-County Fairgrounds and Speedway, Wishek, N.D., June 30, 2021.
Soldiers of the 815th Engineer Company repair roads and parking lots during their 2021 annual training at Wishek, N.D., June 30, 2021.

Mandan Independence Day Parade

Nine N.D. National Guard Soldiers participated in the annual Mandan Independence Day Parade, Mandan, N.D., July 4, 2021. (National Guard story by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)

The Soldiers operated three pieces of equipment in the parade led by the AN/TWQ-1 Avenger Air Defense System, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. Following the Avenger was an M1977 Common Bridge Transporter with Standard Ribbon Bridge of the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) and the 81st Civil Support Team's Unified Command Suite. Staff Sgt. Kyle Emmel, a recruiter for the N.D. Army National Guard, organized the Guard's participation.

The N.D. National Guard's entries were positioned near the front of the Mandan Independence Day Parade, July 4, 2021. The AN/TWQ-1 Avenger Air Defense System, left, and the M1977 Common Bridge Transporter with Standard Ribbon Bridge turn left onto Main Street. (Photo by Nancy Emmel)

Staff Sergeant Kyle Emmel carries his daughter, Adeline, at the annual Mandan Independence Day Parade, Mandan, N.D., July 4, 2021. Emmel is a N.D. Army National Guard recruiter. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Emmel)

Private First Class Kolton Brugh, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, enjoys the Mandan Independence Day Parade from inside the AN/TWQ-1 Avenger Air Defense System, Mandan, N.D., July 4, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Mandan Independence Day Parade @Wyatt Ell Media)

Three pieces of N.D. National Guard equipment participated in the Mandan Independence Day Parade, Mandan, N.D., July 4, 2021. From front to back, an AN/TWQ-1 Avenger Air Defense System from the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, an M1977 Common Bridge Transporter with Standard Ribbon Bridge courtesy of the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge), and the 81st Civil Support Team's Unified Command Suite. (Photo courtesy of Mandan Independence Day Parade @Wyatt Ell Media)
The nine N.D. National Guard Soldiers who participated in the Mandan Independence Day Parade pose with an M1977 Common Bridge Transporter, July 4, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Mandan Independence Day Parade @Wyatt Ell Media)

Happy Hooligan Saves Life using CPR

N.D. Air National Guard Airman Master Sgt. Mason Krebsbach performed life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a civilian at a retail establishment in Fargo, N.D., May 21, 2021. (National Guard story and photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs)

Krebsbach's routine shopping trip to Harbor Freight Tools to get peen hammers for Hammerschlagen (a German nail-driving game popular among Happy Hooligans) practice turned into a medical emergency when a customer staggered and slumped to a seated position while in line behind Krebsbach at the checkout counter.

Krebsbach's fiancé, Brittany, noticed the man behind them in line beginning to lose his balance. “Brittany tapped me and said, uh, Mason, I think you are gonna have to grab him,” said Krebsbach. He and another customer held the victim upright and directed the store manager to get a chair to set him down in, as Brittany walked outside and called 911.

“Almost as soon as we sat the guy down, he went stiff, started turning purple, his head went backward, and the manager said, ‘I think he quit breathing’,” said Krebsbach. His CPR training, provided by the 119th Medical Group, kicked in as he laid the victim down on the ground and he began searching for a pulse, which was very light and was rapidly becoming undetectable.

The North Dakota Air National Guard requires initial CPR training and refresher training every two years for many members in the 119th Operations Group, everyone in the 119th and 219th Security Forces Squadrons, all 119th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron members and 119th Civil Engineer Squadron members, unit fitness monitors and a few others on base.

Consistent with his training, he began chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gees song ‘Staying Alive,’ as he thought about the rescue breaths he knew he would have to perform on the stranger. “I felt that I just couldn’t worry about the risk. It was just something I needed to do,” said Krebsbach, as he performed the first rescue breath.

After the rescue breath, the victim took a breath on his own, coughed and then began breathing again. Krebsbach estimates the ambulance arrived within 5 minutes of the rescue breath, and quickly took the victim away.

One of the responding emergency medical technicians (EMTs) happened to be a former roommate of Krebsbach, so he was later able to learn that victim survived (without revealing any personal information).

Taking the Oath at the Rodeo

The Mandan community celebrated military service and patriotism on Independence Day weekend with an oath of enlistment ceremony at Mandan Rodeo Days, July 3, 2021. Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, administered the oath to over a dozen new recruits as part of military appreciation night activities. Other activities included rendering honors to a large American flag. Congratulations to all of the new members of our National Guard Family. (National Guard story and photos by National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. Public Affairs Office)

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, administers the oath of enlistment to new recruits at Mandan Rodeo Days, July 3, 2021.
Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, watches as a large American Flag is unfurled for the National Anthem on military appreciation night, Mandan Rodeo Days. July 3. 2021.

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