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TAG Line February 19, 2021

Final North Dakota Tribal College on Board with State Tuition Assistance

On Feb. 16, 2021, Dr. Twyla Baker, president, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC), and Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, signed a memorandum of agreement between their two organizations regarding tuition assistance. NHSC became the fifth and final Tribal College within North Dakota to allow students that are members of the N.D. National Guard to qualify for State Tuition Assistance. Making this agreement official was delayed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Huber was accompanied by four other members of the N.D. Guard associated with recruiting and tuition assistance. This contingent was provided a tour of the NHSC campus and facilities and engaged in discussion regarding course offerings and other military benefits and services that the college already offers. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Top photo: Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, left, and Dr. Twyla Baker, president, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town, N.D., hold a copy of the memorandum of agreement between the college and the N.D. National Guard regarding tuition assistance, on Feb. 16, 2021.

Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard deputy adjutant general, left, and Dr. Twyla Baker, president, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC), hold a copy of the memorandum of agreement regarding state tuition assistance. Standing from the left, Staff Sgt. Brook Yates, N.D. Army recruiter; Staff Sgt. Brandon Leier, N.D. Air National Guard recruiter; Dr. Constance King Gottschall, Vice President of Student Services, NHSC; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Lee Bushaw, N.D. National Guard education officer; and Command Sgt. Maj. Troy Miller, command sergeant major for the N.D. Army National Guard Recruiting Battalion.

COVID-19 Vaccine Support

Members of the N.D. National Guard assisted Custer Health with the second and final round of COVID-19 vaccinations at the Mandan Eagles Club in Mandan, N.D. on Feb. 19, 2021. Over 460 vaccines were administered during this public event. This mission is a part of the N.D. National Guard’s continued commitment and support to state and local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Brett Miller, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Pfc. Theresa Ebertz, 957th Engineer Company, talks with members of Custer Health at the mass vaccination event at the Mandan Eagles Club in Mandan, N.D., Feb. 19, 2021.

Spc. Samantha Crabbe, N.D. Army National Guard State Medical Detachment, directs people to the waiting area after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination at at the Mandan Eagles Club in Mandan, N.D. on Feb. 19, 2021.

Spc. Samantha Crabbe, N.D. Army National Guard State Medical Detachment, starts a 15 minute timer for the people that received a COVID-19 vaccination at the Eagles in Mandan, N.D. on Feb. 19, 2021. Recipients are asked to wait at least 15 minutes to ensure there are no immediate adverse effects from the injection.

Fitness - Important Military Characteristic

Airmen of the 119th Wing members are forming fitness challenge groups to help with military fitness requirements. These groups encourages Airmen to improve their fitness, morale and camaraderie through weight lifting. One such group is the weight lifting ‘Hooligains’, formed recently at the N.D. Air National Guard base in Fargo, N.D. (U.S. Air National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs.

Master Sgt. Mason Krebsbach came up with the name 'Hooligains', a play on the unit’s long-time nickname, “The Happy Hooligans,” and brought the idea to 119th Wing fitness program manager Master Sgt. Adam Krueger for approval.

“We don’t have as many recreational activities because of COVID-19 restrictions, so we decided to form this challenge group as a way to spend our time constructively,” said Staff Sgt. Hunter Martineau.

Weekly, maximum lifts are recorded in bench press, squats and deadlift, using USA Powerlifting standards, and the three lifts are combined into a single weight total. There are three separate goal plateaus of 600, 800 and 1,000 pound clubs for males, and 300, 400 and 500 pound clubs for females.

Staff Sgt. Hunter Martineau, 119th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Group, performs a deadlift in the gym at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 12, 2021.

Staff Sgt. Dominic LaRocco, 119th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Group, performs a deadlift in the gym at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 12, 2021.

119th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Group members Staff Sgt. Brett James performs a bench press lift as Staff Sgt. Hunter Martineau, left, and Staff Sgt. Dominic LaRocco spot him for safety in the gym at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 12, 2021.

119th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Group members Staff Sgt. Dominic LaRocco performs a bench press lift as Staff Sgt. Hunter Martineau spots him for safety in the gym at the N.D. Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 12, 2021.

“Wing leadership encourages fitness, and there are several organizational fitness challenges here on the air base. The base gyms are open, and we want people to use them to stay fit – as long as they observe the prescribed COVID-19 precautions for safety,” said Krueger.

Members are encouraged to set personal goals and share tips and techniques with each other. There are about 14 members, and all interested unit members are encouraged to participate.

Staff Sgt. Hunter Martineau, 119th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Group, performs a squat lift in the gym at the N.D. Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 12, 2021.
Staff Sgt. Dominic LaRocco, 119th Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Group, records his lifting weights in the gym at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 12, 2021.

Prepping for OCS

Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment, prepares her equipment for inspection at Fraine Barracks on Feb. 18, 2021. Granger, will attend her first training session of N.D. Army National Guard's Officer Candidate School (OCS) this weekend at Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake, N.D. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

To qualify for N.D. Army National Guard OCS, you must be between 18 to 42 years old, have at least 90 semester hours from an accredited university, a GT score of 110 or higher and possess or able to obtain a secret clearance. Contact Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jammy Ryckman, N.D. Army National Guard Marketing and Retention, (701) 333-3156, for more information.

Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment, prepares her equipment for Officer Candidate School at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, N.D., Feb. 18, 2021

NDSU Student Group Honors National Guard and Department of Health Workers

The Bison Chapter of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) recognized members of the N.D. National Guard and N.D. Department of Health nurses that supported COVID-19 testing on the North Dakota State University Campus. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Chief Master Sgt. David Lipp, 119th Wing Public Affairs Office)

Specially, the Bison NRHH wanted to demonstrate their appreciation for "protecting the Herd" by helping to identify students or staff that were COVID-19 positive or negative; important information in helping slow and stop the spread of this contagious virus.

N.D. National Guard members Spc. William Red Wing, left, and Spc. Reily Reitmeier, assist North Dakota State University staff members and students taking COVID-19 tests at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex on the university’s campus, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 18, 2021.

Alayna Osterman, left, a member of the Bison National Residence Hall Honorary, left, recognizes members of the N.D. National Guard and N.D. Department of Health nurses that conducted COVID-19 testing at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex on the campus of N.D. State University, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 18, 2021.
Members of the Bison National Residence Hall Honorary Jennifer Kacere, second from left, and Alayna Osterman, blue shirt, recognize members of the N.D. National Guard and N.D. Department of Health nurses that conducted COVID-19 testing at N.D. State University on Feb. 18, 2021.
Sgt. Ronnie Garza, 191st Military Police Company, guides North Dakota State University staff members and students taking COVID-19 tests at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex on the university’s campus, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 18, 2021.
Members of the Bison National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Jennifer Kacere, far left, and Alayna Osterman, holding the appreciation card, stand among a group of N.D. National Guard Soldiers and N.D. Department of Health nurses at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex on the campus of North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 18, 2021.

COVID-19 Support Recognition

The N.D. National Guard has supported state and local officials in support of the COVID-19 response for nearly a year. Col. Brock Larson, commander, 68th Troop Command, recognized several Guard members with coins for their exceptional service in support of this important ongoing mission in Fargo and West Fargo, N.D., Feb. 19, 2021. (U.S. National Guard story and photos by Maj. Justin Gall, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment)

Col. Brock Larson, commander, 68th Troop Command, awards coins to N.D. National Guard members for exception service to the Guard's COVID-19 support mission. Clockwise from top left: Master Sgt. Tiffany Jasmann; Pfc. Harleigh Adolphson; Pfc. Yasmin Hassan; Spc. Shane Saari. and Spc. Jenni Thompson.
Col. Brock Larson, right, commander, 68th Troop Command, awarded Spc. Tanner Kempf a coin for exceptional service in support of the N.D. National Guard's ongoing Covid-19 response mission, at the fargo armed forces reserve center, fargo, N.d., on feb. 19, 2021.

Military Funeral Honors

Nine Soldiers from various units within the N.D. National Guard trained on Military Funeral Honors (MFH) skills at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, Jan. 7-9, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

The course was taught by Sgt. Collin Brumskill and Sgt. Kathryn Mclaughlin, the state's northeast and western coordinators, respectfully, for the MFH program. They were assisted by the two team-leads for the program, Spc. Kelsie Carpenter and Spc. Sidney Schaff. MFH course is three days long with many hours of practicing movements until they are perfect. The course provides Soldiers the necessary skills and training to properly perform this important duty in support of military funerals. Some of the specific tasks taught are drill and ceremony, the two-Soldier fold, and performance of “Taps”. Because there are a limited number of N.D. Guard Soldiers who perform MFH duty in a full-time capacity, there's a constant need for extra Soldiers that can can be called upon when the need exceeds the full-time force.

Sgt. Kathryn Mclaughlin, left, Western coordinator for the Military Funeral Honors (mfh), and Spc. Kelsie Carpenter, MFH team lead, demonstrate how to properly perform a two-Soldier fold during training at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, Jan. 7, 2021.

Nine Soldiers from various units in the North Dakota National Guard watch as Sgt. Kathryn Mclaughlin, right, Western area coordinator for Military Funeral Honors (MFH), and Spc. Kelsie Carpenter, team lead for MFH, demonstrate how to correctly lift the flag to start the two-Soldier fold process during training at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, Jan. 7, 2021.

Sgt. Collin Brumskill, center, Northeast area coordinator for Military Funeral Honors (MFH), explains the best way to fold the flag in a two-Soldier fold during training at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, Jan. 7, 2021. A correctly folded U.S. Flag is a perfect triangle of blue with white stars without any red stripes showing.

Pfc. Pierce Johnson learns how to correctly hold the bugle while performing “Taps” during Military Funeral Honors training at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Jan. 7, 2021.

Sgt. Kevin Curley practices the two-Soldier fold during Military Funeral Honors training at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Jan. 7, 2021.

Field Grade Promotion

Eric Lothspeich, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, was promoted to major at the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility, Bismarck, N.D., Feb. 19, 2021. Lt. Col. Mike Green, commander, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, presided over the ceremony, while Lothspeich's family assisted in affixing his new rank on his uniform. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Col. Brock Larson, commander, 68th Troop Command)

Top photos: Eric Lothspeich, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, was promoted to major at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Feb. 19, 2021. Bottom photo: Lt. Col. Mike Green, commander, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, watches as Lothspeich's daughter affixes the rank of major to his uniform. Maj. Josh Yri, background, served as emcee for the ceremony.

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