Flight medics Staff Sgt. Colton Belmore and Sgt. Robert White prepare a litter with a mannequin for MEDEVAC by hoist into a UH-72A Lakota helicopter Oct. 24. The Soldiers are assigned to the Bismarck-based 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment.
Flight medic Sgt. Robert White guides a litter being lifted into a hovering UH-72A Lakota helicopter during MEDEVAC hoist training Oct. 24 in Bismarck.
Officials tour State, Observe Storm and Flood Damage
Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order Oct. 21 declaring a statewide flood emergency, paving the way for requests for federal assistance to help North Dakotans deal with significant flooding impacts caused by heavy fall rains and a historic October blizzard. This statewide disaster declaration came as Burgum, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, N.D. Department of Emergency Services Director, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann and other state officials attended meetings with agricultural producers, community members and local officials in Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown and Fessenden to hear firsthand accounts about the devastating impacts of the unusually wet weather. The group also shared information about the state’s response, including gathering information for possible requests for a USDA secretarial disaster designation and a presidential disaster declaration. In addition to farmland impacts, a large swath of the state is experiencing unprecedented fall flooding. Local emergency managers reported impact to rural roads, many softened by wet conditions and becoming more susceptible to washouts.
During his visits, Burgum explained the state’s whole-of-government approach to dealing with fall floods. He was joined by representatives from a host of state agencies, to include the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Transportation and the State Water Commission. For updates and information on the flooding situation, visit ndresponse.gov.
Airmen of the N.D. Air National Guard embraced the DACON (Danish Contingent) March tradition while deployed in Southwest Asia. The Happy Hooligans began their 25 kilometer march at 6 a.m. carrying the required 22 pounds in their backpacks, with all of them easily finishing in less than six hours. First launched in 1972 by Danish armed forces, the DACON has been conducted in many locations, to include Mongolia, Croatia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries in Southwest Asia.
Left: Senior Airman Jordan Paxton carries the North Dakota flag during the DACON March at his deployed location in Southwest Asia on Oct. 19. Paxton and Master Sgt. Christopher Settle carried the flag throughout the race.
Other Hooligan members who completed the march with Paxton and Settle were Master Sgt. Richard Gladue, Tech. Sgt. Michael Bullen, Senior Airman Benjamin Nelson, Senior Airman Gabriel Ahnee and Airman 1st Class Alexia Hoefs. They are all serving as members of the 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at their deployed location.
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Senior Airman Hannah Kraiter, 119th Medical Group