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TAG Line March 5, 2021

Top photo: 119th Security Forces Squadron members, from left to right, Master Sgt. Randy Shear, Master Sgt. Kellynn Zinck, and Staff Sgt. Thomas McAndrew discuss proper configuration of their improved outer tactical vests (IOTV) during their pre-deployment equipment inventory preparation process at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., March 1, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs)

Happy Hooligans Prepare for Deployment

Over a hundred N.D. National Guard Airmen, nicknamed "Happy Hooligans", are preparing to deploy this year as part of the 119th Wing’s support to reserve component period (RCP) 6. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs)

Master Sgt. Gary Anderson, 119th Logistics Readiness Squadron, right, issues military clothing items to Staff Sgt. Thomas McAndrew, 119th Security Forces Squadron, at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., March 1, 2021. McAndrew is being issued the clothing items in preparation for a six-month deployment to southwest Asia.

Reserve component periods refer to a unit’s window of availability for Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve to support taskings. The window of availability typically ranges from 3-6 months. The deploying Hooligans are part of an all-volunteer force who’ve stepped up to fill the Wing’s deployment requirements. These Hooligans personify the National Guard’s ‘Always Ready, Always There’ motto.

Senior Airman Brady Martz, 119th Security Forces Squadron, takes inventory of deployment clothing and equipment during a pre-deployment preparation process, March 1, 2021. The inventory process is accomplished to ensure each Airman has the necessary equipment for their upcoming deployment.

Deploying personnel have trained in the months leading up to their mobilization, and are now completing the last of the required training activities prior to their departure dates. Equipment is being issued for each unique location and specific career field requirements.

Left: Ms. Kathleen Grant, N.D. Air National Guard sexual assault response coordinator, gives a pre-deployment briefing during the personnel deployment function (PDF) process at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., March 1, 2021. Right. Mr. J.J. Fankhanel, N.D. Air National Guard Airman and Family readiness manager, provides a pre-deployment briefing regarding Hooligan family matters, March 1, 2021.
Master Sgt. Richard Gladue, 119th Security Forces Squadron, offers tips and information to deploying Airmen during the personnel deployment function (PDF) process, March 1, 2021.

The Hooligan Airmen will depart in small groups of varying sizes, on different dates, to different locations over the next several months, and returning upon completion of their six-month commitment. Outstanding support from employers has been instrumental to the successful mobilization process for these Hooligans, and sustained support from employers will ensure a successful deployment and post-deployment transition.

119th Security Forces Squadron members Master Sgt. Randy Shear, left, assists Senior Airman Brady Martz with a packing list of required deployment items during pre-deployment preparation, March 1, 2021.

While this will be one of the largest unit deployments in unit history, the 119th Wing will maintain sufficient numbers to sustain normal operations at their Air Base in Fargo.

Community Relations

Maj. Gen. Al Dorhmann, N.D. adjutant general, met with officials from Grand Forks, N.D. at the Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, N.D., on March 5, 2021. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Officer Candidate Michaela C. P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment).

Maj. Gen. Al Dorhmann, left, N.D. adjutant general, meets with officials from the city of Grand Forks, N.D. in Bismarck, N.D. on March 5, 2021.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the N.D. National Guard and the N.D. Department of Emergency Services relationship with the Grand Forks community. Topics included the Grand Forks-based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment’s possible mobilization for duty to the National Capitol Region this summer, COVID-19 response partnership efforts, as well as state legislation making North Dakota more military friendly. Meetings like this help ensure good communications between the National Guard, N.D. Department of Emergency Services and the communities they support. Dohrmann expressed his gratitude for the continual outstanding support demonstrated by the Grand Forks community.

Maj. Gen. Al Dorhmann, center right, N.D. adjutant general, meets with officials from the city of Grand Forks in Bismarck on March 5, 2021.

Engaging with N.D State Employees

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, and Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, hosted a virtual townhall for N.D. state employees on March 3, 2021. The townhall covered several topics to include the results of a recent state Gallup Q12 employee survey. In addition to commanding the N.D. National Guard (with 153 state employees), the adjutant general also serves as the Director of Emergency Services which consists of two Divisions; the Division of Homeland Security (38 state employees) and the Division of State Radio (30 state employees). Supervisors within these offices use the survey to help shape future employee engagements, opportunities and management.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, center left, N.D. adjutant general, leads the team conducting the N.D. state employee townhall from a conference room at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, March 3, 2021.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, deputy adjutant general, discusses the use of the Gallup Q12 survey during a state employee townhall, March 3, 2021.

Lifetime of Service to Air Defense Artillery

Sgt. Juan Esparza retired from an impressive military career serving with the Air Defense Artillery in both active duty forces and the reserve component with the Army National Guard. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photo by 2nd Lt. Jacob W. Kipp, 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment)

After retiring from the Grand Forks, N.D.-based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment (1-188th ADA), Esparza jumped at an opportunity to continuing serving with the N.D. National Guard as a government contractor with "PeopleTec". Currently he supports the 1-188th ADA as a civilian Avenger Air Defense Weapon System technician. Esparza proves "there are many ways to serve."

Juan Esparza performs maintenance on an Avenger Air Defense System at the Grand Forks Armory Field Maintenance Shop #3 on Feb. 24, 2021.

Fiscal Law Course

Maj. Richard Holtmeyer, a Judge Advocate General officer with the Missouri National Guard, taught a mandatory fiscal law course for members of the N.D. National Guard at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on March 3, 2021. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)

Government employees in positions dealing with federal funds must attend this refresher training every three years. Students in the class covered three principal elements of Fiscal Law and the proper use of appropriated funds.

Always Ready, Always There

When Tech Sgt. Alexander Alston, U.S. Air Force Reserve, needed an Air Force officer to administer the oath of re-enlistment, Maj. Jacy Voglewede, N.D. Air National Guard, was happy to oblige. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Lt. Col. (retired) Shirley Olgeirson, N.D. National Guard historian)

The brief ceremony was conducted at the flag plaza on the Bismarck, N.D. side near the Liberty Memorial Bridge on March 2, 2021. Lt. Col. (retired) Shirley Olgeirson witnessed the oath. Alston, who has 16 years of active duty and reserve component service, brought his family along to share this significant moment in his military career. Alston, of Mandan, N.D., is assigned to 21st Security Forces Squadron, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo., and drills for 30-days at a time annually.

Maj. Jacy Voglewede, N.D. Air National Guard, left, administers the oath of enlistment to Tech. Sgt. Alexander Alston, U.S. Air Force Reserve, at the flag plaza on the Bismarck, N.D. side of the Liberty Memorial Bridge, Bismarck, N.D., March 2, 2021.

Tech. Sgt. Alexander Alston, U.S. Air Force Reserve, right, and his family pose for a photo at the flag plaza on the Bismarck side of the Liberty Memorial Bridge after re-enlisting.

Recognition

Maj Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, recognized Capt. Vanessa Lennick, 68th Troop Command, with a coin for her efforts in developing a "Fueling the Force" communications campaign. (U.S. National Guard story and photo by Jay Martinez, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)

Maj Gen. Al Dohrmann, right, presents Capt. Vanessa Lennick a coin in recognition of her efforts in developing a communications campaign supporting good nutrition within the force.

Lennick, a registered dietitian, partnered with Capt. Rebecca Stutz, 119th Wing Medical Group, a physician assistant, in developing a campaign intended to assist N.D. National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and Families in making informed nutritional choices.

Appreciation

Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck, N.D. National Guard state command sergeant major, sent a letter of appreciation to Bismarck St. Anne School children on Feb. 25, 2021. Mrs. Zachmann's 2nd grade class sent cards thanking N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen for their service to the state and nation. The letter stated how important it is we all do our part to make our communities better. (U.S. National Guard story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)

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