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TAG Line February 14, 2020

Photo: N.D. National Guard Airmen securing a MQ-9 Reaper on Jan. 25 during exercise Southern Strike 2020 at the Guard Combat Readiness Training Center, in Gulfport, Miss.

Vigilant Guard 2020

The N.D. National Guard hosted the mid-term planning conference for the Vigilant Guard 2020 exercise on Feb. 5 and 6 at Bismarck State College. The exercise, scheduled for August, tests the abilities of the National Guard to work effectively with other government agencies and civilian entities during a major disaster response.

Southern Strike

More than 80 Airmen from the N.D. National Guard participated in exercise Southern Strike 2020. This large-scale, conventional and special operations exercise was hosted by the Mississippi National Guard. The exercise was conducted in multiple locations throughout the state of Mississippi from the end of January through mid-February. Approximately 22 states and almost 2,000 service members participated.

N.D. Air National Guard members prepare to move a MQ-9 Reaper during exercise Southern Strike 2020.

N.D. Air National Guard members unload a C-17 Globemaster during exercise Southern Strike 2020.

N.D. Air National Guard members participate in exercise Southern Strike 2020.

N.D. Air National Guard members perform maintenance on a MQ-9 Reaper during exercise Southern Strike 2020.

Bismarck's Mobile Vet Center

Bismarck's Mobile Vet Center visited Guard members at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck on Feb. 8 and 9. This vehicle is used as a platform to inform military members, Veterans and their Families about services provided by the Veterans Administration (VA). The services and benefits include information about transitioning to civilian life, counseling for marital issues and sexual trauma, and as well as assistance with drug and alcohol addiction. To learn more about these services, visit the Vet Center locations in Bismarck, Minot, Fargo, or Grand Forks or their website vetcenter.va.gov.

The mobile Bismarck Vet Center visited the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck on Feb. 8 and 9.

Bismarck's Mobile Vet Center visited the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck on Feb. 8 and 9. Veterans Administration employees assisted customers who visited the vehicle. From left, Cleo Monette, director, Bismarck Vet Center; C.J. O'Berry, Veteran outreach specialist; and Joseph Nasset, program support assistant

DXTRS Training at Camp Grafton

Camp Grafton Training Center’s (CGTC) operations section underwent three days of training on the Division Exercise Training and Review System (DXTRS) provided by members of Fort Leavenworth’s Mission Command Training Support from Feb. 2 to Feb 4, 2020. DXTRS is simulation software that integrates with current warfighting software to enable staffs at all levels to exercise command and control with realistic variables. The year round availability of this simulation software for exercising command post operations is another example of the rich training opportunities CGTC offers.

Photo: Members of CGTC's operations section Capt. Brett Nelson, foreground, and Lt. Col. Mark Topp, work with the instructor in developing a scenario for use with the DXTRS.

Continuous Process Improvement Training

The N.D. National Guard professional development theme this month is devoted to Continuous Process Improvement (CPI). We encourage all of our Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees to explore this new initiative. Depicting processes in a visual format will help us eliminate waste, remove repetition and automate processes. Our goal is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of all of the processes within our organization.

Capt. Jacy Voglewede presents this month's professional development on Continuous Process Improvement (CPI), Feb 12 at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck. Voglewede is the N.D. National Guard's CPI and Innovation Coordinator and works in the J-5/9 section at Fraine Barracks.

Capt. Jacy Voglewede presents this month's professional development on Continuous Process Improvement, Feb 12.

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