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TAG Line December 11, 2020

Top: Brig. Gen. Robert Schulte, center, the N.D. National Guard chief of staff for Air, presents a symbolic glass etching to Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kangas, right, as he assumes the position of State Command Chief during a change of responsibility ceremony at the Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Dec. 5, 2020. Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller, outgoing State Command Chief, stands at attention on the left. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

New State Command Chief assumes duties

The N.D. Air National Guard welcomed its newest senior enlisted leader on Dec. 5, 2020, as Chief Master Sgt. Duane “Dewey” Kangas assumed duties during a change of responsibility ceremony at the Air National Guard base in Fargo. Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller, the outgoing State Command Chief. served in this position for two years. The ceremony was presided over by Brig. Gen. Robert Schulte, N.D. National Guard chief of staff for Air. In his new leadership role, Kangas will advise N.D. National Guard leaders on matters concerning discipline, morale, welfare, effective utilization, professional development and career progression of the state’s Airmen. Immediately after the ceremony, Miller was honored for his nearly four decades of service at a retirement ceremony. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kangas renders remarks during a change of responsibility ceremony where he formally assumed duties as the State Command Chief at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Dec. 5, 2020.

Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller renders remarks at his retirement ceremony after relinquishing duties as the N.D. National Guard's State Command Chief on Dec. 5, 2020.

Brig. Gen. Robert Schulte, N.D. National Guard chief of staff for Air, presents the Legion of Merit to Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller during his retirement ceremony at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Dec. 5, 2020.

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Andvik, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Rollie Swedberg present a U.S. flag to Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller in honor of his four decades of military service during his retirement ceremony on Dec. 5.

131st mIlitary police training

Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 131st Military Police Battalion, experienced an extremely busy Inactive Duty for Training (IDT) weekend, Dec. 5 to 6, 2020 at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck. Transport Operators serve a vital role in the the Army’s transportation logistics team. Pfc. Trey Shereck and Pvt. Augustine Sapaty will be responsible for the supervision of operation and maintenance of wheeled vehicles driving over all types of terrain while safely transporting cargo and troops. Their duties also include the management of loading, unloading, and reporting vehicle problems or damage. (Story and photos by Spc. Rachelle Lewis, 131st Military Police Battalion)

Two new motor transport operators, Pfc. Trey Shereck and Pvt. Augustine Sapaty, receive orientation training on the unit’s assigned vehicles during this month's drill on Dec 5, 2020.

The Military Police members also trained on two extremely important common Soldiers' skills, physical fitness and marksmanship.

Soldiers of the 131st Military Police Battalion conducted familiarization training for the U.S. Army Combat Fitness Test and marksmanship training with the postal match equipment at Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, Dec. 5 to 6, 2020.

MEB Soldiers see busy December drill

Soldiers of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) learned to conduct external evaluations (EXEVALs) for the brigade's subordinate units during annual training exercises summer 2021. The training was conducted during their Inactive Duty for Training (IDT) weekend Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2020. The trained Soldiers will accompany these units and provide evaluations on their abilities to complete required tasks to standard. The feedback provided will give commander a better understanding of the status of their unit. EXEVAL is an objective assessment designed to provide accurate training metrics for commanders and ensure Soldiers are prepared to conduct their peacetime and wartime missions. (Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Walstad, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)

Soldiers of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) learned to conduct external evaluations (EXEVALs) for the MEB's subordinate units during annual training exercises next summer on Dec 5, 2020.

Forty-eight Soldiers of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) conducted a ROC, or Rehearsal of Concept, at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center on Dec 6, 2020. The ROC provided an overview of III Corps Concept of Maneuver and the MEB’s role during their Warfighter Exercise at Fort Hood, TX from Jan 26 through Feb 11, 2021. Warfighters prepare commanders and their staffs to plan, prepare, fight, and win during large-scale combat operations where U.S. forces start at a position of disadvantage against a near peer threat.

Soldiers of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade conduct a rehearsal of concept as prep for a 2021 War Fighter Exercise at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center on Dec. 6, 2020.

Soldiers from 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) will utilize numerous mission command systems (MCSs) in support of III Corps during their Warfighter Exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, from Jan. 26 through Feb 11, 2021. The MEB will provide command and control of up to seven battalions supporting area operations with systems featured during this training assembly such as Command Post of the Future (CPOF), Air Missile Defense Warning System (AMDWS), Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS), and Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS).

Soldiers train with the mission command systems (CPOF) required for the 2021 Warfighter exercise on Dec. 6 at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center on Dec. 6, 2020.

"because we care"

holiday wellness and resiliency INITIATIVE

This winter, we ask you to join us in sharing the gifts of wellness and resilience through the N.D. Guard #BecauseWeCare initiative. This campaign is intended to strengthen bounds while promoting resource and information sharing in an effort to boost behavioral and mental health throughout the holiday season and beyond.

1st Dakota National Guard Band

This photo of the Valley City-based 1st Regiment Band, Dakota National Guard, was taken around the time of North Dakota statehood, circa 1889.

Some U.S. Army helmets worn by enlisted men in the 1880’s were authorized plumes and cords. The style is very similar to the “Pickelhaube” spiked helmet made famous by the Germans in World War I. According to the Smithsonian Institute, “the U.S. Army was strongly influenced by French, British, and German hat styles. This European influence carried on until the 1902 uniform change."

U.S. Army helmet for mounted enlisted men circa 1880s.

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