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.
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.
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.
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).
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.