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TAG Line June 12, 2020

Top photo: N.D. National Guard Soldiers began moving from their staging area to their assigned positions to help protect city facilities from potential civil unrest threats on June 5.

Military Police Assist Fargo

About 160 Soldiers from the 131st Military Police (MP) Battalion from Dickinson, Bismarck and Grand Forks arrived in Fargo to support law enforcement in response to potential civil unrest threats on June 5, 2020. The MPs conducted area security missions to include operating seven Traffic Control Points (TCPs) and provided presence at nine critical sites in Fargo and Cass County. The sites included three Fargo fire stations, Fargo City Hall and the Cass County courthouse.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers stand guard near their Humvee while on duty outside the Fargo Police Department headquarters in response to potential civil unrest threats on June 5.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers began moving from their staging area into place to protect city facilities from potential civil unrest threats in Fargo on June 5.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers in a Humvee assume a protective position outside the Fargo City Hall in response to potential civil unrest threats on June 5.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers take a protective position in a Humvee outside a Fargo fire department station in response to potential civil unrest threats on June 5.

Welcome Home Cyber Warriors

Five Soldiers of the 174th Cyber Protection Team were honored for their recent deployment at a Welcome Home event in Bismarck on June 7, 2020. The unit, which was mobilized from Dec. 2018 to Feb. 2020, to the National Capitol Region in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, had their ceremony postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, addresses Soldiers of the 174th Cyber Protection Team during an event in Bismarck on June 7.

Soldiers of the 174th Cyber Protection Team listen to remarks during their welcome home event on June 7.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, left, uses social distancing protocol while presenting Sgt. Andrew Stein a coin for outstanding achievement during their welcome home event on June 7.

Sen. Kevin Cramer, left, watches Sen. John Hoeven elbow bump Sgt. Phillip Budd, 174th Cyber Protection Team during a welcome home event on June 7. The elbow bump is in accordance with social distancing protocol.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, left, uses social distancing protocol while presenting Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Cossette a coin for outstanding achievement during their welcome home event on June 7.

Video of the 174th Cyber Protection Team's Welcome Home Ceremony

Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) Training

Fourteen N.D. Army National Guard Officer Candidates (OC) from two different classes recently conducted training at Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) from June 2 to 7, 2020 in preparation for their next challenge in pursuit of their gold lieutenant bars.

Nine Soldiers from OCS Class 64 completed Phase Zero. This block of training included the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), drill and ceremony, day/night land navigation, a 4-mile run and a 4-mile ruck march. Class 64 is scheduled for Phase I training at Fort Meade, S.D. in July.

Five members from Class 63 completed Phase II training which included Field Leadership Exercises (FLX) that allowed them to hone their troop leading procedures, communication skills, map reading and basic infantry tactics at the platoon and squad levels. Other training included two 4-mile runs, basic rifle marksmanship, 9mm pistol qualification, an APFT and a ceremonial dining-in. These activities helped prepare them for Phase III scheduled for July at Camp Rapid, S.D. After successful completion of this phase, these OCs will be commissioned as 2nd lieutenants on August 15 during a ceremony at CGTC.

OC Bruce Shields, right, of Class 63, briefs his squad after completing a mission during Field Leadership Exercise (FLX) Lanes on June 4 at Camp Grafton Training Center.

An OC of Class 63 pauses in a doorway after successfully clearing a building as part of a Field Leadership Exercise (FLX) on June 3 at Camp Grafton Training Center.

OC Chelsy Adams, Class 63, uses a sand table to brief her unit's mission on June 5 at Camp Grafton Training Center.

Members of Officer Candidate Class 64, OC Ryan Kamrowski, left, and OC Trevor Kleineschay, navigate the land navigation course on June 4 at Camp Grafton Training Center.

OC Rui Guo, Class 63, practices his accuracy using a M9 pistol at the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) Range on June 3 at Camp Grafton Training Center.

Officer Candidates of Class 63 and their instructors head towards Field Leadership Exercise (FLX) lanes at Camp Grafton Training Center on June 3.
Members of Officer Candidate Class 63 enjoyed a formal Dining-In at the Edwards House (background) located at Camp Grafton Training Center on June 6. Front row from left: Officer Candidate (OC) Chelsy Adams, OC Rui Guo, OC Brett Reynolds, OC Bruce Shields and OC Brittney Hertz. Guests at the dining-in were from left, Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, N.D. National Guard Army commander, and Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, deputy adjutant general.

COVID-19 Testing at UTTC Bismarck

COVID-19 mobile testing site in Linton

The N.D. National Guard assisted in COVID-19 mobile testing in Linton on June 5, 2020. The mission is part of the North Dakota National Guard’s continued support to state and local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pvt. 1st Class Lacey Urlacher (Right), of the 816th Military Police Company, and Spc. Colton Boelter, of 1st Detachment of the 816th Military Police Company, work as data collectors at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Linton on June 5.

Sgt. Brian Moritz (Left), of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion of the 112th Aviation, Pvt. 1st Class Ryan Barndt (Center), of the 816th Military Police Company, and Sgt. Ethan Micek, of the 957th Engineer Company, work as data collectors at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Linton on June 5.

Spc. Sulley Merwin, of the 817th Engineer Company, administers a Covid-19 test at a mobile testing site in Linton on June 5.

Pvt. 1st Class Lacey Urlacher (Right), of the 816th Military Police Company, and Spc. Colton Boelter, of 1st Detachment of the 816th Military Police Company, work as data collectors at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Linton on June 5.

Spc. Madison Wigness (Left) and Sgt. Chase Bode, of the 816th Military Police Company, work as data collectors at the COVID-19 mobile testing site in Linton on June 5.

Spc. Collin Ahmann, of the State Medical Detachment, administers a COVID-19 test at a mobile testing site in Linton on June 5.

119th Wing maintains historic aircraft

The 119th Wing maintains several static aircraft it has flown since the units inception. They are on display for viewing in the Heritage Park area at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base in Fargo. The aircraft are not operational, but must be maintained in good condition for viewing. The North Dakota Air National Guard flew the F-102 from 1966-1969. The aircraft will be returned to its place on display in the Heritage Park area on base when the restoration is complete.

Staff Sgt. Anthony Walp, of the 119th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, prepares the surface of an F-102 Delta Dagger static aircraft for a fresh coat of paint at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base in Fargo on June 11.

Bridge Training Site Construction

Instructors from the 164th Regional Training Institute (RTI) kept their skills current by constructing a boat launch pad at the 12C Bridge Training Area, also known as Richie Slough, at Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC). The instructors constructed the concrete pad and operated the engineer equipment necessary for the ground work. This training area will be used by the 164th RTI bridging students and bridge units training on CGTC.

Sgt. 1st Class Jose Figueroa-Diaz, an instructor with the 164th Regional Training Institute, places rip rap rock with a Hydraulic Excavator (HYEX) on June 11. The rocks help prevent erosion.

141st MEB Promotion

The 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade promoted Benjamin Cleghorn, to the rank of Colonel on June 12 in Fargo. N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber administered the oath of office.

Happy Hooligans Welcome New Chief

The Airmen of the 119th Wing, known as the Happy Hooligans, promoted Kent Kraiter to Chief Master Sergeant. His new rank was affixed to his uniform by his daughters, one of which is a fellow Air National Guard member, Senior Airman Hannah Kraiter. A true Happy Hooligan Family, Kraiter joins his wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Jennifer Kraiter, among those achieving the highest enlisted rank in the Air National Guard.

Chief Master Sgt. Kent Kraiter has his new rank affixed to his uniform by his daughters at the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo on June 9.

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