119th Wing Maintenance Squadron members prepare GPS guidance kits that will be outfitted on inert munitions at the Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Miss., on April 11, 2021.
Camp Supports JROTC
Camp Grafton Training Center supported cadets and students from Devils Lake High School Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC), April 7 to 8, 2021. (U.S. National Guard story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Rose Schwind, Camp Grafton Training Center)
About 55 JROTC cadets and 40 students from Devils Lake High School experienced the Vehicle Convoy Operator Trainer (VCOT). This trailer-mounted simulator has four stations with three positions each (driver, assistant driver and gunner for security) allowing up to 12 individuals to train simultaneously in military convoy operations. Each of the four stations represents a High Mobility Multi-purposed Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) in convoy. This trainer helps develops leadership and communication skills.
Gratitude for Those Participating in COVID-19 Response
Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck, N.D. National Guard state command sergeant major, traveled to the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on April 14, 2021 to meet with COVID-19 responders. They toured the vaccination site and were briefed on operations. Dohrmann recognized the extraordinary efforts of seven Soldiers and two civilians from the Grand Forks Public Health office. (National Guard story and photos by Officer Candidate Michaela C.P. Granger, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, left, and Sgt. Arturo Delacruz, team lead for Region 4, sanitize their hands after Delacruz received a challenge coin for his leadership and commitment to duty in support of the N.D. National Guard's COVID-19 response mission at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks, April 14, 2021.
Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general, right, presents a challenge coin to Deborah Swanson, Director, Grand Forks Public Health office in recognition of her and her team’s outstanding efforts while working alongside the N.D. National Guard during joint COVID-19 response missions, Grand Forks, April 14, 2021.
"Chaplains play a critical role in our war-fighting mission by tending to our Airmen and their spiritual well-being,” said Col. Mitch Johnson, 119th Wing commander.
"We nominated Chaplain Herbel for the award because of the persistent inspirational work he’s done for our unit and its members,” said Brig. Gen. Darrin Anderson, N.D. National Guard assistant adjutant general for Air.
Lost and Found - National Guard WWII Soldiers
Recently the last Soldier of the N.D. National Guard's 164th Infantry Regiment from World War II that was still living in North Dakota, Doug Burtell, passed away on April 3, 2021. Almost immediately, the quest began to find others living elsewhere. Two “original” members of the 164th Infantry Regiment were located. Sgt. Charles “Chuck” Bell in California and Sgt. Vern Bogner in Oregon. Unfortunately the quest came just a few days late when we learned that Charles Bell, aged 98, passed away on April 13, 2021. (National Guard story by retired Lt. Col. Shirley J. Olgeirson, N.D. National Guard historian)