Camp Grafton Training Center "Friends and Neighbors Day"
Despite unseasonably cold weather, about 220 visitors attended the first Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) Friends and Neighbors Day on May 18. CGTC, a North Dakota National Guard post near Devils Lake, is a prime training center for reserve component forces, law enforcement and other agencies. (top photo: A young visitor checks out a M240 Machine Gun at the weapons display table under the watchful eyes of N.D. National Guard Soldiers Spc. T.J. Largo and Sgt. Michael Helland. Partnerships with our community is essential to our success and events like this help build those long lasting relationships. More photos at Flickr Album Camp Grafton Open House.
Boxes of 7.62 caliber ammunition wait to be loaded aboard Black Hawk helicopters for use in the aircraft's M240 machine guns.
Sgt. Andrew Hilgemann fires his M240 machine gun during aerial gunnery training.
Aviation Soldiers sighting lasers for use with their M240 machine guns during night gunnery.
A trailing Black Hawk helicopter is seen during mult-ship aerial gunnery exercise.
Soldiers performing preventative maintenance on a Black Hawk helicopter at sunset during the unit's last day in Canada on May 21.
N.D. Veterans Cemetery's POW/MIA Memorial Updated
The POW/MIA Memorial located at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery was missing some names of North Dakota Prisoners of War. To correct this issue, the podium at the memorial was replaced on May 23 with a new one that bore the omitted names.
The memorial was a joint effort of the Vietnam Vets / Legacy Vets and Second Brigade motorcycle clubs. The clubs designed the memorial and raised the funds from private donors. Photos of the dedication on July 3, 2015, can be viewed at Flickr photo collection.
Suicide Prevention Program Training
The Suicide Prevention Program hosted Suicide Intervention Officer (SIO) Refresher Training at RJB armory in Bismarck. There's a SIO at every company, battalion and brigade level who have been appointed to serve as the unit's suicide prevention subject matter expert. They are responsible for promoting suicide awareness, building a resource network specific with the unit and coordinating unit training.