Keeble was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously at a ceremony at the White House hosted by President George W. Bush in 2008 for actions during the Korean War. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater with the North Dakota National Guard’s famous 164th Infantry Regiment. There he earned the Bronze Star Medal, two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantry Badge.
Keeble is also a recipient of North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider award.
“In the future, whenever we recognize one of our North Dakota Guard members for heroism, bravery and selfless service with this award, we honor and remember this great American,” said Dohrmann. “Keeble’s military service to our nation and state will long be remembered.”
Vietnam Veterans Day
About 150 people gathered at the N.D. Capital Friday to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day, as proclaimed by Gov. Doug Burgum. Our Profession of Arms reaches across many generations of those who served our nation in uniform.
Hundreds of Veterans and their guests gathered at the AMVETs in Bismarck to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day with a shared meal hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Veterans and their guests salute the U.S. Flag during the pledge of allegiance.
Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Miller, Command Chief for the North Dakota Air National Guard, serves a guest at the Bismarck AMVETs during the meal celebrating Vietnam Veterans Day.
Col. Jon Erickson, commander of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, serves a guest at the Bismarck AMVETs during the meal celebrating Vietnam Veterans Day.
Maj. Jay Sheldon, Government Affairs Officer for the North Dakota National Guard, serves guests at the Bismarck AMVETs during the meal celebrating Vietnam Veterans Day.
Brig. Gen. Bob Becklund, North Dakota National Guard deputy adjutant general, serves a guest at the Bismarck AMVETs during the meal celebrating Vietnam Veterans Day.
Department of Emergency Services
Communities across the state this week have contended with ice jams creating swollen river systems, which have triggered flooding in some areas. The North Dakota National Guard has been monitoring conditions and conferring with county emergency managers to anticipate a domestic response, if needed. On Tuesday, March 26, the Guard’s major commands discussed preparations for potential flood operations during a video teleconference with commanders and directorates across the state. During the meeting, emergency operations planners discussed initial State Active Duty in-processing guidance, revisited emergency response plans and processes and received situational awareness from various meeting attendees. The North Dakota National Guard has a long history of assisting during natural disasters, when activated by the governor, by saving lives and property. Similar to about 18 other states, the North Dakota National Guard adjutant general is "dual-hatted" as the Guard command and the Director of Emergency Services.
McKenzie County Flood Response
Multiple state agencies assembled on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (MDT) to form a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at the Fairview Fire Hall on the Montana side of the border. Led by the N.D. Department of Emergency Services, the purpose was to provide an whole-government response to those residents that require assistance in recovering from flooding caused by the Yellowstone River in northwest North Dakota. Water is receding, but many homes aren't yet accessible as of Saturday afternoon.
Thanks to our partners in the Republic of Togo, we conducted a great exercise which will continue to enhance our international partnership.
Last week, our team concluded the flood exercise with Togo’s Agency National Civil Protection Office, Ministry of Security & Emergency Preparedness to test the agencies’ capacity to respond to natural disasters.
The exercise took place in the villages of Kossi-Kopé, Gbondjohoé & Lawson-Kopé & posed a scenario requiring a crisis response after heavy rains released water from a near-by dam. The agencies walked through a hypothetical response to flooding in surrounding villages, causing hundreds of displaced persons. The exercise was designed to test the Agency National Civil Protection Office on informing affected populations through early warning systems, and to rapidly mobilize resources to provide assistance to affected areas and populations.
North Dakota Marksmanship Team
Our North Dakota Marksmanship Team is on target for another year of success in shooting competition. This month, from March 10 through March 16, our Soldiers & Airmen fired pistols and rifles in individual and team competition during the U.S. Army Small Arms Championship in Fort Benning, Georgia. They compared scores with more than 220 marksmen comprising 44 four-man teams from across the nation.
Brett Miller Dave Lipp Eric Jensen Rob Keller