Vigilant Guard 2020
The N.D. National Guard (NDNG) partnered with several civilian agencies state-wide in a joint exercise called Vigilant Guard 2020. The exercise was conducted August 3 - 6 in areas across the state. The NDNG regularly conducts emergency response exercise scenarios to help develop, validate, and refine plans and capabilities. These exercises ensure the NDNG is ready to support real-world disaster and emergency operations for our state and communities. When ordered by the governor in response to requests through the N.D. Department of Emergency Services, the NDNG is the first military responder during a natural disaster or emergency within the state. Top photo: Pvt. Seth Horn, 188th Engineer Company, removes tree limbs that are blocking rescue access to a simulated victim during exercise Vigilant Guard 2020 at Golden Lake on Aug. 5, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Chief Master Sgt. David H Lipp)
Vigilant Guard - Dual Status Command Summit
The N.D. National Guard began the Vigilant Guard 2020 exercise with a Dual Status Commander (DSC) summit with senior leaders. The goal of the summit was to ensure all members understood the DSC purpose, design, limitations and implementation. The summit was led by officers certified as DSCs, Brig. Gen. Leo Ryan, Army commander for the N.D. National Guard and Col. Rob Fugere, G-3 operations and training officer. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
Vigilant Guard Wrap-up
North Dakota's Vigilant Guard 2020 exercise concluded on August 6, 2020 at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, N.D. with an AAR (After Action Review) that was attended by senior leaders to include the adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, and deputy adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber. An AAR is a structured review process to review and analyze events in order to capture lessons learned and to identify areas that need improvement. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
The N.D. Air National Guard's 119th Civil Engineer Squadron gathered for their first unit training assembly since March on August 1 and 2, 2020. Airmen practiced their forklift operating skills.