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Bridge Engineers Annual Training

Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company (Muti-role Bridge) assemble their Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB) into a six-bay raft on the Missouri River south of Bismarck, N.D. on Aug 10, 2020. Top photo: Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company evacuate a simulated casualty during medic training along the shore of the Missouri River during annual training on Aug. 10, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Pfc. Andrea Sanchez, a medic assigned to the 957th Engineer Company, prepares an IV bag for a simulated casualty, Spc. Christopher Green, on Aug. 10, 2020.

Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) are attacked by artillery (simulated by smoke) while assembling a raft on the Missouri River south of Bismarck, N.D., on Aug. 10, 2020.

Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) prepare to launch their bridge erection boat on the Missouri River south of Bismarck on Aug. 10, 2020.

A Soldier with the 957th Engineer Company signals where to bring the Improved Ribbon Bridge raft ashore on the Missouri River south of Bismarck.

Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge) pull an Improved Ribbon Bridge bay section into place before latching to existing raft on the Missouri River south of Bismarck on Aug. 10, 2020.

Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company wait for bridge boats to position an additional Improved Ribbon Bridge bay section into place on the Missouri River south of Bismarck, N.D., on Aug. 10.
Spc. Christopher Dingle, right, and Spc Nathan Hathaway manually operate hydraulic pumps which lift the end ramp bridge section off the water's surface.

A high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle, or HMMWV drives onto the raft constructed during annual training by Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company on Aug. 10, 2020.

Top photos: Staff Sgt. Prairie Reinbold, left, and Sgt. Ashley Brawley, jump off of the end of the bridge after the raft assembly was completed. Soldiers participating in their first bridge building mission celebrate with a jump into the water. Besides the camaraderie this tradition builds, it also allows Soldiers to verify confidence in their flotation vests and provides water rescue training for bridge boat operators. Bottom photo: Lt. Col. Phillip Baker, commander of the 164th Engineer Battalion, awards coins to Pvt. Hannah Weston, left, and Pfc. Allysen Sample for exemplary performance during annual training.

Training Area Improvement

During their 2020 Annual Training, Soldiers from the Equipment Support Section of the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) repaired a damaged area at the N.D. National Guard’s Williston Local Training Area (LTA) approximately 15 miles southeast of Williston, N.D., from July 31 to Aug. 6, 2020. The LTA's training area has been limited for over seven years due to flooding by the Halfbreed Creek which washed out the existing culvert and created a 25 foot gap in the roadway. The Soldiers replaced the damaged culvert with two new culverts and repaired an approximately one-mile stretch of road. Their efforts ensured that most of the 75 acres of the LTA was available for training. By using troop labor to complete the culvert installation project, the bridge engineers saved the N.D. National Guard an estimated $60,000. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Capt. Justin Johnson, 957th Engineer Company)

Soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company emplace two culverts to help control flooding at the Williston Local Training Area on Aug 3, 2020.

Sgt. Jesse Dillon, right, trains Pvt. Trent Chalmers how to operate a plate compaction machine. Proper soil compaction helps ensure the culverts remain in place during flooding.
Spc. Andrew Beine, 957th Engineer Company, compacts the soil above the culvert on his vibratory roller.

164th Regional Training Institute

Range Day with the 164th Engineers

Aviation Annual Training

Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (Security & Support) and elements of Company C, 285th Aviation Regiment (Assault Helicopter) are conducting annual training (AT) from Aug. 1 to 15, 2020. (U.S. National Guard photos by members of the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment)

Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment conduct hoist progression training for flight medics at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D., on Aug. 2, 2020. (Photos by Spc. Nicholas Jessen, Company D, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment)
four UH-60L black hawk helicopters, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation regiment, two UH-72A Lakota Medical evacuation helicopters (red cross emblems), company D, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (Security & Support) (1-112th AVN), and two UH-72a helicopters, company A, 1-112th AVN, stand-by wait for a launch order during the 1-112th AVN Battalion's STX (situational training exercise) at the n.d. national guard's army aviation support facility in bismark, n.d. on Aug 11, 2020.

Training With Law Enforcement Partners

Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (Security & Support) traveled north from Bismarck to hold a joint exercise with the McLean Sheriff's Office in McLean County, N.D. Aug. 10 to 12, 2020. Missions included aircraft surveillance and aerial MEDEVAC (medical evacuation). Two UH-72A Lakota helicopters participated in the MEDEVAC allowing two sets of flight medics to receive training in stabilizing and transporting a mannequin casualty assisted by deputy sheriffs who were present on the scene as part of the scenario. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

sgt. robert white, UH-72A Lakota helicopter flight medic with Company D, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, carries a stretcher toward a simulated mannequin casualty in mclean county on Aug. 12, 2020.

Flight medic Sgt. Robert White, left, stabilizes a mannequin casualty in preparation of aerial MEDEVAC on Aug. 12, 2020, while Sgt. Sean Lennick, Lakota helicopter crew chief looks on. Both Soldiers are members of Company D, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment.

Lennick assists the flight medic with preparing a mannequin casualty for aerial MEDEVAC on Aug. 12.

Flight medic Sgt. Autumn Wang stabilizes a mannequin casualty in preparation of aerial MEDEVAC on Aug. 12, 2020.

Wang stabilizes a mannequin casualty in preparation of aerial MEDEVAC.

Flight medic Sgt. Autumn Wang, left, directs deputies of the McLean County Sheriff's department and others in transporting a mannequin casualty to the waiting UH-72A Lakota MEDEVAC helicopter in McLean County on Aug. 12.

Lakota helicopter crew chief Sgt. Connor Hennen guides stretcher bearers safely away from the MEDEVAC Lakota helicopter on Aug. 12.
Hennen ensures rear hatch is secured on his Lakota MEDEVAC helicopter.

Support to Law Enforcement

Besides aerial MEDEVAC training, Soldiers of Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (Security & Support) supported the McLean Sheriff's Office with aerial surveillance on Aug 10 and 11. Conducting exercises with our law enforcement partners helps form a joint mission environment promoting mutual trust and coordination. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by 1st Sgt. James Hoffer, Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment)

A UH-72A Lakota helicopter from Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (Security & Support) waits for a mission request from McLean Sheriff's Office while parked at the Mercer County Regional Airport, Hazen, N.D. on Aug. 11, 2020.
Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, recover their UH-72A Lakota helicopters at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck on Aug. 12 after night support to McLean Sheriff's office.

Black Hawk Helicopter Training

Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment (Assault Helicopter) also participated in annual training with the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment. One of their missions, in preparation for a potential mobilization, was to conduct multi-aircraft training and transport N.D. National Guard senior leaders to observe ongoing aviation situational training with the McLean Sheriff's office on Aug. 11, 2020.

Three UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from the Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment, fly into McLean County as part of a joint exercise with the McLean Sheriff's office on Aug. 12, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment, prep their UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters as seen through NVGs (night vision goggles) at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Aug. 11, 2020.

Keeping the Wing Safe

Vehicle driving speeds are monitored daily by 119th Security Forces Squadron members at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, in Fargo, N.D. Unit members caught speeding on base are issued a citation. While there is no fine attached to the citation, members will lose points on their on base driving record and their commander is notified of the infraction. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

Tech. Sgt. Zac Bergstrom, 119th Security Forces Squadron, uses electronic equipment to monitor vehicle speeds at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo on August 4.

Weapons Training at Camp Ripley

Airmen from the 119th Security Forces Squadron and 219th Security Forces Squadron of the N.D. Air National Guard, fired weapons at Camp Ripley Training Center, Minn., on Aug. 3, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp)

Staff Wayne Sgt. Bahr, 219th Security Forces Squadron, prepares to fire an Mk 19 40mm grenade machine gun mounted on top of a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). Staff Sgt. William Tilton provides instructions at the range at Camp Ripley Training Center, Minn. on Aug. 3, 2020.

Senior Airman Brian Schreiner, of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, fires an M240 machine gun at Camp Ripley Training Center, Minn. on Aug. 3.

Airman 1st Class Annah Jacobs, left, and Staff Sgt. Courtney Leben, both of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, work together to reload an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) as they prepare to fire on the range at Camp Ripley Training Center on Aug. 3.

219th Security Forces Airmen Staff Sgt. Noe Arriaga fires a Mk 19 grenade machine gun (pronounced Mark 19) on the range as Airman 1st Class Keegan Link assists him at Camp Ripley Training Center on Aug. 3.

Staff Sgt. Noe Arriaga, 219th Security Forces Squadron Staff, fires an Mk 19 mounted on the top of a HMMWV as trainer Staff Sgt. William Tilton provides instructions at Camp Ripley Training Center on Aug. 3.

Disaster Relief Beddown System (DRBS) on the Move

The 119th Civil Engineer Squadron's Disaster Relief Beddown Set (DRBS) equipment was loaded onto three C-17 Globemaster aircraft Aug. 6 to 11, and sent to its new permanent home with the Puerto Rico Air National Guard. The DRBS is a portable ‘tent city’ designed to house 150 people. The package includes showers, laundry facilities, latrines, water purification, generators and power distribution generators. It is packed into containers for quick transportation and used in areas devastated by natural disasters. This DRBS equipment was last used for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Two of the C-17 aircraft arrived within a few hours of each other. It’s a rare occurrence to have two aircraft this large to be parked simultaneously on the flight line. While the C-17's were still at the air base, a C-130 Hercules from the Ohio Air National Guard's 179th Airlift Wing arrived to drop off a group of civil engineers for training at the 119th Wing's regional training site. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Senior Master Sgt. David H Lipp)

A C-130 Hercules aircraft from Ohio Air National Guard’s 179th Airlift Wing, foreground, sits on the fargo air base flight line next to a C-17 Globemaster, 164th Airlift Wing, Tenn. Air National Guard.
Left: Airman 1st Class Mia Kowalski, 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron, assists Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wormack (on the ramp), of the 164th Airlift Wing, by steering a generator into a C-17 Globemaster from the Tenn.Air National Guard, at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, on August 10, 2020. Right: Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wormack, 164th Airlift Wing, directs forklift operator Tech. Sgt. Matthew Swandal, 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron, as 2nd Lt. Kelsey Edwards assists in the loading of equipment onto a C-17 Globemaster aircraft on Aug. 10.

815th Engineers Perform Annual Training at NTC

About 108 Soldiers with the 815th Engineer Construction Company performed their 2020 Annual Training at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, Calif. The training was conducted from July 6 to Aug. 5, 2020 in support of the Minnesota National Guard's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Brigade Combat Team. (Story by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew J. Hebl, 815th Engineer Construction Company)

Two Caterpillar D7 bulldozers from the 815th Engineer Construction Company built a protective berm on July 18, 2020 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.

An 815th Engineer Construction Company Soldier marks a UXO (unexploded ordnance) after it was uncovered during the construction of a tank ditch in support of the maneuver forces of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division Brigade Combat Team on July 26, 2020 during training at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.

An 815th Engineer Construction Company Soldier scans his vehicle's route as an assistant driver during convoy operation toward the unit's TAA (tactical assembly area) during training on July 17, 2020 at the during training at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.

Soldiers from the 815th Engineer Construction Company prepare a Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle, or HMMWV, prior to convoy operations on July 17, 2020 at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, Calif.
Soldiers from the 815th Engineer Construction Company’s FMT (field maintenance team) section use a crane on an FRS (forward repair system) to repair a flat tire on a trailer on July 17, 2020. The rough terrain at the NTC caused many tires to fail during the month-long training.

Soldiers of the 815th Engineer Construction Company head toward the out-processing station on Aug. 5, 2020 in preparation of returning home after month-long Annual Training at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.

Congressional Visit to Hooligans Air Base

U.S. Congressman Kelly Armstrong, visited the Happy Hooligans of the 119th Wing and met with senior leaders during a base familiarization tour and mission brief at the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo, N.D. on Aug. 7, 2020. Discussions with Armstrong included unit activities, potential Air Guard response to natural disasters, organizational impact on the community, and recruiting and retention efforts. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H Lipp)

Left to right: Col. Darrin Anderson, 119th Wing commander, guides Congressman Kelly Armstrong during a base familiarization tour and mission briefing at the N.D. Air National Guard Base in Fargo on Aug. 7.

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