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The summer edition of the North Dakota Guardian is available online!

https://issuu.com/ndguardian/docs/ndguardian_summer_2018

Neal McCoy got to experience what most North Dakotans can expect to see on our interstates and highways in the summer: a convoy en route to annual training.

Soldiers with the 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) currently are at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, for annual training. They will spend the next two weeks honing their skills in their respective military occupations.

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Nearly 30 of our Dakota Dustoff D Co 1-112th Avn Bn Medevac Soldiers currently are in Germany for an exciting monthlong mission! Tomorrow, they will officially be maintaining the on-call MEDEVAC capabilities for the 1-376th Aviation Battalion so that their Soldiers can participate in a large-scale, multinational exercise.

Check out the attached story for details and follow D Co 1-11th Avn Bn Medevac on Facebook for updates during their mission!

Here's another shout out from one of our 191 MP Co Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan! About 30 Soldiers from the unit are on mission providing a protective service detail to Resolute Support Headquarters staff. They are roughly five months into their mobilization and we know their families can't wait to have them home again!

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ICYMI:

What do you think about the future Army Combat Fitness Test? Field tests for the ACFT are expected to begin in October 2018 and implemented across the Army in October 2019. By October 2020, the ACFT will become the Army's fitness test of record.

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Congratulations to the 119th Wing North Dakota Air National Guard Alpha Team for taking first place in the team aggregate competition and to Senior Airman Gavin Rook for taking first place in the individual aggregate score competition during the North Dakota National Guard Adjutant General's Match at Camp Grafton!

All Soldiers and Airmen who participated represented their units and the organization very well!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/albums/72157668986329967

It's July 4th in Afghanistan! Happy Independence Day to all of our Guardsmen, both home and abroad.

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When we send our Guardsmen on missions, a piece of us goes with them. Our families and our communities are left missing these very dedicated service members and the days seem to go by just a little bit slower as we wait for them to return.

Thankfully, technology makes the separation somewhat more bearable. We recently received "shout out" videos from some of our 191 MP Co Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. We are excited to share these with you in the days and weeks to come. Enjoy!

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We took advantage of a UH-72A Lakota training flight to grab a few photos of the Missouri River. We departed the Bismarck-Mandan area and flew north along the river up to Garrison; then south past Bismarck-Mandan to the vicinity of Hazelton boat ramp about 30 miles south of Bismarck.

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Congratulations to Airman 1st Class Kalley Miller. This Happy Hooligan had the top physical training score among all females in a huge Air Force basic training class in Texas.

https://westfargopioneer.com/news/4462968-wf-airman-earns-top-honor-basic-training

On Saturday, Sgt. Sherie Loeb-Cantlon and Maj. Steve Bohl participated in the Fessenden (N.D.) and Wells County's 125th Anniversary parade driving a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV).

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Today we celebrate Father's Day by saluting all of the fathers and grandfathers that have contributed to the well being of our families, our communities and nation. Good health and long life to them and may those departed paternal figures rest in peace. We will never forget them.

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Our bridging engineers spent the weekend training on the Missouri River.

http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/north-dakota-s-national-guard-conducts-flood-preparation-training/1244020226

Here's some great photos by Master Sgt. Dave Lipp of the June 13 Civic Leader day at Camp Grafton Training Center.

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About 20 North Dakota National Guardsmen are participating in fire fighting training hosted by the North Dakota Forest Service.

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More than 120 Soldiers with the North Dakota National Guard's 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) will be conducting bridging and boating operations in the Kimball Bottoms area near the Missouri River, south of Bismarck. The recreational area, including the off-highway vehicle trails, will be closed to the public from 11 a.m. on June 15 through 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. The river will be accessible to the public, but visitors are asked to use caution while in the area.

The public's cooperation and understanding is appreciated.

Today we celebrate Flag Day and recognize the U.S. Army's 243rd birthday! #ndguard #ndarmyguard #flagday

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Today we had the opportunity to fly 22 North Dakota civic leaders to the Camp Grafton Training Center where we showcased our capabilities during Civic Leader Day. We are so grateful for the support we receive from state and community leaders! #ndguard Governor Doug Burgum @Camp Grafton, North Dakota

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N.D. Army National Guard flight paramedics demonstrate a medevac hoist during Civic Leader Day, held at Camp Grafton Training Center - South.

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About 20 North Dakota National Guard members are among the students participating in fire fighting training hosted by the North Dakota Forest Service. Click for more photos...

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Check out these photos of North Dakota National Guard Soldiers conducting medical flight training on June 6, 2018 with a UH-72A Lakota helicopter.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndguard/albums/72157697718761615

Twelve years ago today, Sgt. Travis Van Zoest and Cpl. Curtis Mehrer gave their lives for their country. They were killed in action in Afghanistan while serving with the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment. We will never forget their sacrifice, nor that of their family and friends.

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We are grateful to those that keep our fallen heroes in their thoughts and prayers. We will never forget!

http://www.devilslakejournal.com/news/20180601/event-honors-14--fallen-national-guard

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