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TAG Line February 5, 2021

Top photo: Master Sgt. Nathan Martin, 119th Security Forces Squadron, fires his M9 Beretta pistol during weapons training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 4, 2021. (Photo by Chief Master Sgt. Dave Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs)

Security Forces Conduct Readiness Training

Airmen of the 119th Security Forces Squadron constantly maintain their readiness for mobilization through a rigorous schedule of training. This round of training included combative techniques for self-defense, Humvee re-familiarization, non-lethal force training, and chemical biological radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense training at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 3 to 5, 2021. The combative techniques are employed to gain dominance over attackers that the Airmen may encounter while on duty at military facilities at home and at deployed locations. This readiness training helps these Hooligans meet U.S. Air Force security forces requirements. (U.S Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs)

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.

119 the Security Forces Squadron Airmen Master Sgt. Kellynn Zinck, standing, and Tech. Sgt. Evan Newman learn combatives techniques for self-defense at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 3, 2021.
Master Sgt. Lacey Bunkelman, a combatives instructor, walks among 119th Security Forces Airmen, including Master Sgt. Kellynn Zinck, left, and Senior Airman Tyler Todd, right, as they handcuff Tech. Sgt. Evan Newman during self-defense combatives training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 3, 2021.

Staff Sgt. Ty Sanford, 119th Security Forces Squadron, right, trains with a padded baton during non-lethal weapons training, while Tech. Sgt. Brandon Gibson holds a protective cushion at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 4, 2021.

Tech. Sgt. Sarah Michels, 119th Security Forces Squadron, right, uses a padded baton during non-lethal weapons training, as Staff Sgt. Evan Newman holds a protective cushion on Feb. 4.
Tech. Sgt. Randy Shear, right, reviews features and operation of a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, better known as Humvee) with Staff Sgt. Ty Sanford during readiness training at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 3, 2021. Both Airmen are members of the 119th Security Forces Squadron.

Marksmanship Training

Lethality through good marksmanship is an important component of military competence, making weapons qualification and familiarization training essential to mission accomplishment.

Staff Sgt. Alex Kingston, 119th Security Forces Squadron, fires an M4 rifle from the kneeling position during weapons qualification training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 3, 2021.

Master Sgt. Brian Kieselbach, 119th Security Forces Squadron, fires an M4 rifle from the prone-supported position during weapons qualification training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range on Feb. 3, 2021.

Tech. Sgt. Aaron Giere, of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, fires an M4 rifle from the kneeling position during weapons qualification training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Feb. 3.

Sgt. Trent O`Brien, a 119th Security Forces Squadron instructor, demonstrates shooting positions during M9 weapons training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 4, 2021.

Master Sgt. Nathan Martin, of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, fires 12 gauge shotgun during weapons training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 4.

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)

Pfc. Lyle Williams, right, and Sgt. Doug Eagon, Battery A, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Regiment, conduct Stinger missile reload procedures of the AN/TWQ-1 Avenger Weapon System during a Table V evaluation at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck, N.D. on Jan. 23, 2021.
Top left, Air Defense Artillery Soldiers conduct March Order and Emplace procedures on an AN/MPQ-64A3 Sentinel Radar System during a Table V evaluation at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 23, 2021. Top right: An Air Defense Artillery Soldier practices M3P reload procedures of the AN/TWQ-1 Avenger Weapon System during a Table V evaluation. 23 January 2021, Bismarck, ND. Bottom: An air defender conducts remote operation procedures of the AN/TWQ-1 Avenger Weapon System during a Table V evaluation on Jan. 23.

An air defender Soldier from Battery A, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, practices missile reload procedures of the AN/TWQ-1 Avenger Weapon System during a Table V evaluation, Jan. 23, 2021.

When Skills are Critical in both Military and Civilian Jobs

Master Sgt. Lacey Bunkelman, 119th Security Forces Squadron, is a U.S. Air Force certified combatives instructor, as well as a civilian officer with the Fargo Police Department (Fargo PD). Her attendance at an intense combatives course at Fort Bliss, Texas, qualified her as an instructor. This advanced training serves her well in both her military-role in security forces and her full-employment as a police officer. (U.S Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs)

Bunkelman credits her experience with the Fargo PD as helping her military career and likewise, her experience in the Air National Guard security forces provides a boost to her civilian career.

“My combatives training has been a building block for my FPD career, and my FPD career has provided me a lot of experience subduing suspects. It's great that I can share this knowledge with my fellow Air Guard security forces members,” said Bunkelman.

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.

Master Sgt. Lacey Bunkelman, a 119th Security Forces Squadron instructor, provides M9 shooting tips to Airmen during marksmanship training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Range, Feb. 4, 2021.

Bunkelman, left, and Tech. Sgt. Trent O`Brien demonstrate proper shooting positions during M9 weapons training at the Fargo Regional Law Enforcement Training, Feb. 4, 2021.

Master Sgt. Lacey Bunkelman, an officer with the Fargo Police Department and a member of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, sits in her squad car at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., May 13, 2020.

Bunkelman stands near her Fargo Police Department squad car on May 13, 2020.

Civil Disturbance Response Training

While on duty in Washington, D.C., in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration, Soldiers of the 816th Military Police (MP) Company trained over 1,000 fellow Guard members from various states in civil disturbance response. The North Dakota MPs partnered with Soldiers from the Montana and Rhone Island National Guard to conduct the training at FedExField, Landover, Md., from Jan. 18 to 19, 2021.

Hooligans Continue Administering COVID-19 Vaccinations

Airmen of the 119th Wing continue receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations, on a voluntary basis, in a tiered priority order as determined by the Department of Defense at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Jan. 28, 2021. These vaccinations are the first of two, with the second dose to be administered no sooner than 28 days later. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp)

Master Sgt. Roman Gaughan, 119th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of immunizations, prepares a syringe containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for voluntary immunizations at the Air National Guard base in Fargo, N.D., Jan. 28, 2021.

Master Sgt. Roman Gaughan, the 119th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of immunizations, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Capt. Dawn Erdmann, of the 119th Wing, on Jan. 28, 2021.

Gaughan administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a 119th Wing Airman.

Master Sgt. Roman Gaughan, the 119th Medical Group non-commissioned officer in charge of immunizations, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a 119th Wing Airman.

Master Sgt. Travis Besette, left, hands his immunization data forms to Airman Basic Maria Schauer, prior to receiving his COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 28, 2021.

N.D. Guard Supports Bismarck COVID-19 Vaccinations

Members of the N.D. National Guard supported Bismarck-Burleigh County Health officials in administering COVID-19 vaccines to community members at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, N.D. on Feb. 2, 2021. This mission is a part of the N.D. National Guard’s continued support to state and local communities during the ongoing pandemic. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Brett Miller, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Sgt. William Adolf, left, 957th Engineer Company, and Sgt. Michael Freadhoff, 142nd Engineer Battalion, review a vaccine recipient's information at the mass mobile vaccination site at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, N.D., on Feb. 2, 2021.
Pfc. Trent Chalmers, 957th Engineer Company, reviews a vaccine recipient's information at the mass mobile vaccination site at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, N.D. on Feb. 2, 2021.
Pvt. Brooke Leingang, 957th Engineer Company, reviews a vaccine recipient's information at the mass mobile vaccination site at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, N.D., on Feb. 2, 2021.
Senior Airman Rachael McGrady, 119th Force Support Squadron, reviews a vaccine recipient's information at the mass mobile vaccination event at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, N.D. on February 2, 2021. Right, Sgt. Thomas Schmidt, 818th Engineer Company, checks vaccine recipient's information on Feb. 2, 2021.

North Dakota Military Data Book 2020

The North Dakota Military Data Book 2020 is a compilation of information and statistics on Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families, both in North Dakota and nationally. This data provides entities with a common reference. To view click "NDMDB-2020". For more information please visit NDCares.org or Prevention.ND.gov or call 701-333-2012.

Compiling and publishing this information is a joint effort of N.D. Cares, N.D. Department of Human Services, N.D. Department of Health, N.D. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S Department of Defense, U.S. VA Health Care System, U.S. Census Bureau, N.D. National Guard, and the Institute for Community Alliances.

Chaplain's Professional Development

Chaplain (Col.) David Johnson, N.D. National Guard state chaplain, conducted professional development training for all N.D. Guard chaplains and religious affairs specialists (chaplain assistants) at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Feb. 1, 2021. This joint training incorporates the Chief of Chaplains training guidance (Army and Air) and other doctrinal training.

Amy Ruff, N.D. National Guard Resilience Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Coordinator, briefs Guard members during chaplains professional development at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory on feb 1, 2021.

The purpose of this training is to provide the N.D. National Guard's religious support teams tools they can use in supporting the religious and spiritual needs of Soldiers, Airmen, and their Families. The topics discussed were spiritual readiness, religious support lessons learned, deployment ministry and cultural awareness. This training is conducted quarterly.

chaplain (COL.) David Johnson briefs Guard members during chaplain's professional development at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory on feb 1, 2021.

Employee Development Training

Robert Roehrich, state equal employment manager, hosted employee development training at Fraine Barracks, Bismarck, N.D., on Feb. 1, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

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.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, right, N.D. deputy adjutant general, and Sgt. Travis Dolan, information technologist, attend employee development training at Fraine Barracks on Feb. 1.

Col. Tad Schauer, Director of Staff - Air, sits in on employee development training at Fraine Barracks on Feb. 1.

Seven Seals Award

North Dakota State University (NDSU) was recognized by the N.D. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) with the Seven Seals Award on Jan. 27, 2021. The award is given to employers for “meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.”

The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by the ESGR and is presented at the discretion of the state chair or by ESGR senior leadership. NDSU has been a steadfast supporter of the National Guard and Reserves in the State of North Dakota. They have provided educational opportunities for the state’s Guard and Reserve members, plus the university continues to house and support ROTC programs for both the Army and Air Force.

Dr. Dean L. Bresciani, NDSU president, was also recognized for his role in the university earning the Seven Seals Award. His leadership in supporting students and employees who are military members was cited with a special award for "Outstanding Performance".

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.

Chaplain (Maj.) Justin Fenger, N.D. National Guard, speaks with a group of married couples during a Strong Bonds class in Bismarck, N.D. on Jan. 30, 2021.

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.

Top left, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kari Pearson, left, reports to Col. Tad Schauer, director of domestic response operations, during her retirement ceremony at Fraine Barracks on Jan. 29, 2021. Top right, Pearson shows off her Rudis award. Bottom. Schauer, right, presents her retirement letter from the president thanking her for more than 30 years of faithful military service.

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