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TAG Line November 6, 2020

Top. Maj. Jacy Voglewede, Joint Force Headquarters, works on a project during Employment Engagement Training at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck on Nov. 2, 2020.

Helicopter Training Flight

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dana Clifford and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Greg Schaff of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment flew a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter over south-central Montana during a training flight on Nov. 3, 2020. The training was in preparation for their upcoming mobilization to the National Capital Region. Photo of helicopter flying in the vicinity of the Rosebud County courthouse was submitted by a local resident.

Employee Engagement Training

N.D. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen attended Employment Engagement Training at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck on Nov. 2, 2020. The training is held quarterly and this session focused on balance of work and personal life. This training will be held at six different locations throughout North Dakota and can be attended by employees regardless of status. (U.S. National Guard photos and story by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

The Employment Engagement Training class opened with employees being timed on assembling a jigsaw puzzle on Nov. 2.

Maj. Jacy Voglewede, Joint Force Headquarters, works fast to complete her puzzle at Employment Engagement Training at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck on Nov. 2.

Attendees watching a video on work - life balance during a Employment Engagement Training at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck on Nov. 2.

Maj. Rachael Berg, N.D. Guard Labor Relations, speaks to employees attending Employment Engagement Training at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck on Nov. 2.

ESGR Above & Beyond Awards Presented Virtually

The ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) Above and Beyond Award honors employers who exceed USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act) requirements. Dickinson Middle School, Dickinson, N.D., became eligible for this award when employees, Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Obrigewitch and Sgt. 1st Class Levi Long, nominated Principal Dr. Marcus Lewton and Vice Principal and Activities Director Shawn Leiss for a Patriot Award in November of 2019. Dickinson Middle School also signed a Statement of Support in 2019 which it proudly displays in the school office.

From Left: Sgt. 1st Class Levi Long, Mr. Shawn Leiss, Dr. Shon Hocker, Rich Brauhn-ESGR, Dr. Marcus Lewton, Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Obrigewitch, Lt. Col. Philip Baker during Patriot Award Presentation at Dickinson Middle School on Nov. 8, 2019.

Dickinson Middle School recognizes the sacrifice the men and women of the Armed Services along with their families provide to the middle school, community and nation. The school regularly celebrates Constitution Day and Veterans Day with large school assemblies.

Left, Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, deputy adjutant general, thanks Dickinson Middle School during a virtual ESGR Above and Beyond award presentation from her office in Bismarck on Nov. 3. Right, Jenette Fetch, ESGR, helps present the Above and Beyond award presentation from her office in Bismarck on Nov. 3.
Virtual ESGR Above and Beyond award presentation on Nov. 3.

Pens to Write Home

For several years, the Dakota Woodturners have donated pens specially hand-crafted by their volunteer members for deploying members of the N.D. National Guard. While communication technology has advanced beyond writing letters on paper, these beautiful wooden pens symbolically represent the tools necessary for communicating with loved ones during a deployment. This latest donation will be presented to the 73 Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment who will mobilize in early November for duty in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Members of the Dakota Woodturners, Jeanette "Dolly" Erickson and her husband Alan Erickson pose with the latest donation of wooden pens created for members of the N.D. National Guard at their home on Oct. 28, 2020.

Veterans Stand Down

The 9th annual North Dakota Veterans' Stand Down was held in Minot on Oct. 22, 2020. COVID-19 required some modification in operation but participation was well above expected. More than 120 veterans and service members participated with 31 service providers offering information and assistance. Participants served during all eras and many saw war-time duty. Special thanks go to health care providers who administered 31 flu shots and 18 COVID-19 tests and to Homesteaders Restaurant that provided a roast beef lunch-to-go for all participants. Stand Downs are events during which VA staff and volunteers provide food, clothing and health screenings to homeless and at-risk Veterans.

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