N.D. engineers work with Ghanaian partners
The N.D National Guard team, led by the 164th Regional Training Institute (RTI), is in Africa working with the Ghanaian Armed Forces (GAF). The Guardsmen are assisting in developing a program of instruction for the GAF engineer school. The instruction focuses on the operation of bulldozers, graders and excavators in support of road maintenance and construction. This bilateral engagement allows our N.D. Guardsmen to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our partners in developing lasting relationships and will assist in Ghana's peacekeeping operations. Currently, Ghana is the 10th largest peacekeeping contributor for United Nations missions world-wide.
Helping with History
Members of the N.D. National Guard's J-5/9 Strategic Plans, Policy and Outreach answered the call from the historian to help organize some of our historical property stored at Fraine Barracks on Feb. 27. We have many items stored in the warehouse ranging from hats and uniforms worn during World War I and II to unit recognition plaques from the 1950s and 1960s; from unit colors that flew overseas to guidons carried to annual training. These items help tell the rich story of the N.D. National Guard. We are currently assessing options for a military museum.
Sgt. 1st Class Matt Hebl, readiness non-commissioned officer for the 815th Engineer Company, dedicates his time outside of his National Guard duties to the LaMoure-Litchville-Marion Loboes wrestling team. As head coach, he recently coached his freshman son, Garrett Hebl, to a state championship victory in the Class B 145 lb weight class. Garrett's Championship broke a 22-year drought for the wrestling program. The N.D Class B State Individual Wrestling Tournament was held at the Fargodome Feb. 20 to 22.
Sgt. 1st Class Matt Hebl lifts his son Garrett to celebrate his win at the Class B state wrestling match on Feb. 22 while assistance coach (other son) Brent Hebl congratulates his brother Garrett.