Guest Speakers included Gov. Doug Burgum; Gen. Joseph Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau; Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau; Mr. Craig Fugate, former director of FEMA; Col. Kenneth Lozano, Diversity Director for the Air National Guard, and a panel of North Dakota Military and civilian communication specialists. These guests gave their perspective on leadership in a complex environment, the theme of the event.
The inaugural North Dakota Governor's Military Ball was held Saturday, March 23 at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. The event showcased the military profession of arms while honoring military members and civilians for outstanding performance and support of the North Dakota National Guard. The theme of the night was gratitude as the Governor and Adjutant General thanked everyone for their service.
Awards were given out for Best Warrior, Outstanding Airmen of the Year, Company Grade and Field Grade Officer of the Year, Warrant Officer of the Year, Family of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Youth of the Year. We also thanked our partners and supporters, which included our Honorary Commanders. Two new awards were also presented this year. The Bridge Builder award recognizes organizations who partner with and support the National Guard and the Always Ready, Always There award honors individuals who have dedicated a lifetime of support to the military in North Dakota.