Airmen of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, Master Sgt. Lacey Bunkelman, a combatives instructor, left, teaches self-defense combatives techniques to Master Sgt. Kellynn Zinck, top, and Tech. Sgt. Evan Newman. The training was conducted at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 3, 2021.
Alpha Battery Weekend Drill
About 70 Soldiers assigned to Battery A, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Regiment trained in skills essential to their war-time missions at their recent Inactive Duty Training (IDT) at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck, N.D., on Jan. 22 to 24, 2021. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Sgt. Jonathan Jones, Battery A, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment)
Master Sgt. Lacey Bunkelman, a combatives instructor, demonstrates self-defense combatives techniques from a dominant-top position with Senior Airman Tyler Todd at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 3, 2021.
“The skills learned during combatives and non-lethal force training gives our security personnel confidence resulting in them being safer in their jobs. It also leads to safer encounters for the subject being subdued, because it helps prevent the need for lethal force,” said Bunkelman.
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Topics included Equal Opportunity (EO) Military Complaint Process, the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Federal Compliant Process for Civilian and Dual Status Employees, and the State Employees EEO Complaint Process. The training also provided attendees the lines of jurisdiction of complaints and concerns as well as the four theories of discrimination.
Col. Darrin Anderson, 119th Wing commander, left, and Dr. Dean L. Bresciani, North Dakota State University President, hold Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) award certificates at the Old Main Administration Building on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D, on Jan. 27, 2021.
Strong Bonds Class
The N.D. National Guard state chaplain conducted a Strong Bonds class for married couples in Bismarck, N.D., Jan. 30, 2020. The class, called "Speed of Trust", helps couples communicate transparently with themselves and their peers and managers. Another goal of the class is to help couples make and keep commitments, collaborate in new ways, and learn new skills to helps close trust-gaps. To learn out about future Strong Bonds classes contact the chaplain's office at 701-333-3006.
Chief Pearson Retires
A fixture for years in the N.D. National Guard's Joint Operations Center (JOC), Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kari Pearson was honored at a small retirement ceremony at Fraine Barracks on Jan. 29, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Maj. (retired) Shannon Horton)
The ceremony, hosted by Col. Tad Schauer, director of domestic operations (DOMOPS), recognized her contributions during her more than three decades of service to our state, nation and communities. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the "Rudis" award, a wooden sword passed on to members of the domestic operations section and the J-2 section when they depart. Because members of DOMOPS and J-2 intelligence staff are located in the basement of building 400 at Fraine Barracks, personnel who complete their service with either of these sections are recognized for their "escape" from the basement with a rudis, the ancient symbol of a Roman gladiator’s freedom.
Pearson served in the JOC during the floods of 2009, 2010, 2011, blizzards, tornado, wildfire suppression and most recently, COVID-19 response in support of state activities.