Tough, effective hands-on training ensures that Soldiers feel comfortable and confident in their equipment and abilities.
“Our Soldiers and leaders at all levels are professionals and are always ready to rise to the occasion and meet the needs of our state and nation,” says, Maj. Jay Sheldon, 131st Military Police Battalion, executive officer.
Soldiers of the 191st MP Company disassemble an OE-254/GRC antenna near Lake Coe at Camp Grafton South, April 17.
In preparation of future training, Lt. Col. Kevin Miller, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, provides feedback and guidance for subordinate command teams at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center, Fargo, N.D., April 18, 2021. (National Guard photos by Maj. Lucas Klettke, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)
According to the Military Police Regimental Association's website, "the award recognizes a degree of professionalism, high standards of integrity and morality, and esprit de corps consistent with the long standing history and traditions of the Regiment."
“I love being an MP,” said Elijah. “Being an MP, it’s like coming home.”
Lt. Col. Nathan Dicks, left, congratulates Maj. Kristopher Elijah after presenting him the Order of the Marechaussee in Bronze, April 17, 2021.
Dick LaBerge, Company C, 164th Infantry Regiment, Grafton, N.D., attended infantry training and was one of the first N.D. National Guard Soldiers selected to deploy to Korea in 1951.
He served in same active duty Army regiment (19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division) as Master Sgt. Woodrow Keeble, future Medal of Honor recipient. LaBerge retired as a major in 1971.
LaBerge’s brother, Tom, also from Company C, 164th Infantry Regiment, was 19 when he arrived in Korea to what he described as a turf tug-of-war.
During a night battle, Tom was wounded in the leg and back. He and another wounded Soldier were left behind “in no man’s land” when the unit withdrew under cover of darkness. The two Soldiers survived for two weeks with no food, little water, and an encounter with a Chinese soldier who thought they looked so pitiful he left them for dead. LaBerge lost 50 pounds before he was rescued by U.S. troops returning to the area.
The LaBerge’s sister, Suzanne, married Eugene Burns, former full-time employee at the Grafton armory, Grafton, N.D. Burns, boarded a ship bound for duty in Korea, but instead ended up as a squad leader-trainer in Okinawa. He retired from the Guard in 1986 as a chief warrant officer 4.
Eugene Burns, right, trains a Soldier on an M20 Rocket Launcher in Okinawa, circa 1951.