Two F-16A Air-Defense Fighter (ADF) Fighting Falcons of the 178th Fighter Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, lead an F-15C in formation over the Washington, D.C. area during an early morning Combat Air Patrol mission, November 17, 2001. The F-15C is assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Visible below the jets are numerous Washington, DC landmarks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg L. Davis, 20th Communications Squadron)
Airmen of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, 119th Fighter Wing, Airman 1st Class Derek Breuer, left, and Tech. Sgt. James Casias, provide security at Hector International Airport, September 27, 2001. These Hooligans were among the first National Guard members in the nation to provide airport security at commercial airports following the attacks of September 11, 2001. They provided airport security for Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck, Jamestown, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Minot and Williston for three days upon the request by President George W. Bush to state governors to augment commercial airport security throughout the U.S.
"I was sitting in the G-3 mobilization office when it went off and we ran to the main G3 office to view the TV broadcast. I remember them immediately calling for force protection and I was sent to the Bismarck Airport. So much changed after that day, it was the beginning of a new normal." Col. Warren Pauling, G-1, Director of Personnel.
"I was working at Bobcat and a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard. At work we heard the news flash on the radio but as the story unfolded we knew something serious was happening. I contacted my chain of command to see if I could help. Surprisingly when this happen I felt vulnerable but more then ready to serve." Master Sgt. Dale Franchuk, Joint Force Headquarters.
"I was working in the North Dakota National Guard's Central Issue shop. We all wanted to run to a TV to see what was going on. I went to my boss to volunteer in case they were sending people to the crash sites. I just wanted to help." Staff Sgt. Jason Kalvoda, 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge).
Two Soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard Funeral Honors carry the U.S. and North Dakota state flags as they follow the leader bearing the traditional Eagle Staff during the posting of the colors at the Native American Hall of Honor 2021 Inductee Ceremony, North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum auditorium, Bismarck, September 9, 2021.
Sergeant Kevin Curley, 164th Engineer Battalion, and Sgt. Tyler Weichel, 817th Engineer Company, carry the U.S. and North Dakota state flags, respectfully, during the posting of the colors at the Native American 2021 Hall of Honor induction ceremony, North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum auditorium, Bismarck, September 9, 2021.
Soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard Funeral Honors stand at attention with the U.S. and North Dakota state flags during the national anthem at the Native American 2021 Hall of Honor induction ceremony.