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Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann (left), North Dakota adjutant general, administers the commissioning oath to newly-promoted Brig. Gen. Todd Branden Oct. 7, 2017, during a promotion ceremony held at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base in Fargo, North Dakota. Branden, who now will serve as the North Dakota National Guard assistant adjutant general, Air, is the organization’s newest general officer. North Dakota Air National Guard Welcomes Newest General Officer
Todd Branden, a native of Audubon, Minnesota, was promoted Oct. 7 to the rank of brigadier general, becoming one of only four general officers within the North Dakota National Guard. A ceremony was held for Branden in front of an audience of friends, family and fellow Guard members at the Air National Guard base in Fargo, where he became the newest “one-star” to lead the Airmen of the 119th Wing, also known as the Happy Hooligans.
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2017
From left to right Megan Edwardson, Representative for Senator Heitkamp, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, the N.D. Adjutant General, Kevin Cramer, US Congressman, Sen. John Hoeven, Col. Britt Hatley, the 119th Wing commander,
Col Darrin Anderson, the 119th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISRG) Group commander, and Staff Sgt. Tracy Woodbury prepare to cut a symbolic ribbon at a building dedication ceremony for the new ISRG building
at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Sept. 22, 2017 North Dakota Air National Guard Gets New Building
The North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing officially opened the doors to a new building dedicated to the 119th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group’s (ISRG) mission during a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at the Air National Guard base.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Delvo, of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, unlocks and opens the gate as he prepares to leave a missile alert facility in the Minot Air Force Base missile field complex, near Minot, N.D., June 15, 2017. He is a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard working seamlessly, side-by-side with U.S. Air Force active duty security forces members of the 91st Missile Wing as they maintain security standards in the missile fields. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp/Released) The 219th Security Forces Squadron Thrives as Practices Evolve in Missile Field Security
The North Dakota Air National Guard’s 219th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) performed an important, real-world, operational mission at the Minot Air Force Base (AFB) missile field complex for their annual training this year along-side their active duty counterparts demonstrating the effectiveness of the U.S. Air Force total force concept.
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2017
Col. Thomas “Britt” Hatley addresses the 119th Wing unit members standing in formation for the first time as their commander during a change of command ceremony at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Feb. 4, 2017. Hatley is replacing out-going 119th Wing commander Col. Kent Olson, seated second from left, who has been the 119th Wing commander since March 14, 2013. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp/Released) Happy Hooligans Welcome New Wing Commander
The 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard welcomed their new 119th Wing commander during a change of command ceremony on Feb. 4.
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U.S. Air Force members from right to left Airman 1st Class Tyler Ibach and Staff Sgt. Aaron Keith, both of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, do a routine check around a Minot Air Force Base, missile alert facility, near Minot, North Dakota, May 24, 2016. They are two of the North Dakota Air National Guard members who took primary positions for missile filed security in an entire ‘sector’ of the missile field complex during a two week period from May 23 through June 4. This is the fourth time such an annual training surge has happened with the 219th SFS in the complex, which covers 8,500 square miles over the North Dakota plains near Minot and includes dozens of missile field alert facilities and missile launch facilities. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp/Released) 219th SFS is making missile field security their routine
The nuclear Triad consists of three areas of delivery: Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM), Strategic Submarine Ballistic Missiles (SSBN) and heavy bombers. Two of the three are located at Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota.The nuclear capability of the United States Military provides an umbrella of defense and deterrence that
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2016
119th Security Forces members from left to right Tech. Sgt. Gemenie Strehlow and Senior Airman Michael Bullen exchange punches as they spar while training at a Fargo, North Dakota, gym May 8, 2015. The security forces Airmen are training at the gym to enhance their fitness and skills to be better prepared in their career field for potential threats on duty. Bullen is scheduled for a competitive mixed martial arts match May 16 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp/Released) 119 Wing Security Forces Airmen are using MMA to enhance fitness
The U.S. Air Force trains security forces personnel to protect assets and people; the training is very effective.The preparation required to become a professional in security forces requires extensive training in law enforcement and combat tactics, since the Airmen work stateside on base security and potential domestic situations. They can also
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2015
Members of the 219th Security Forces Squadron from left to right Airman 1st Class Angela Lage and Airman 1st Class Alex Pauling pass through a gate at a Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, missile alert facility May 20, 2015, as they sweep the area for anything suspicious. The North Dakota Air National Guard members are doing their annual training period as they perform the real-World mission of missile field security, and train for their war-time tasking mission. The Air National Guard members are routinely integrated among the U.S. Air Force active duty personnel performing missile field security in a seamless and indistinguishable manner. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp/Released) Operation Minuteman: 219th Style
The 219th Security Forces Squadron participated in a two week long integrated surge with the 91st Missile Wing in Minot, N.D., during an annual Operation Minuteman exercise May 17-31. Additionally, National Guard Bureau Chief Master Sgt. Todd Miskelly, A7S career field manager, met with Airmen and learned about the surge. It was his first visit to
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2015
Senior Airman Sean Hummel, of the 119th Wing, right, jumps with his ‘little wingman’ Max during an outing at the Sky Zone indoor trampoline park, Fargo, North Dakota, April 16, 2015. Hummel has been mentoring Max for six years and is working on developing a youth mentoring program for members in the 119th Wing through the North Dakota Air National Guard Family Program called the Little Wingman Program. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp/Released) Little Wingman Soars High for 119th Wing
 Airmen who are proficient at their assigned job, continually pursue education and are active members within the community represent a well-rounded North Dakota Air Guard member. Community involvement is the focus of National Volunteer Month in April.U.S. Airmen's heritage encompass' an exclusive set of standards and values that can inspire young
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2015
Master Sgt. Grant Lonski, of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, visits the accident scene that he responded to while performing his full-time North Dakota Highway Patrol duties near Churchs Ferry, North Dakota a week prior to the Nov. 18, 2014 return visit. Lonski was able to pull 81-year old accident victim Merti Kurtti from freezing cold water in the ditch behind him in the photo. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp/Released) Guardsman saves woman from freezing water
When Master Sgt. Grant Lonski, of the North Dakota National Guard's Fargo-based 119th Security Forces Squadron, woke up on the morning of Nov. 12, 2014, it's unlikely he knew the magnitude that his actions would play that day.That afternoon, while performing his full-time duties as a North Dakota highway patrolman, Lonski waded into a freezing
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2014
Sarah Merwin, left, and Capt. Dana Lyon, U.S. Air Force, ride a water-tube being pulled by a boat driven by husband and wife team Lt. Col. Micaela Brancato, and Lt. Col. Matthew Brancato, both of the 119th Wing, on Lake Maud, Minn., Aug. 1, 2014. The Brancatos operate the Holbrook Farms Retreat and are hosting widows of U.S. military members who lost their lives while serving their country. Both Lyon and Merwin recently lost their husbands and are being treated to a vacation at the retreat, which gives the widows a break from dealing with the grief of their loss. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp) Calm on the Water: Military survivors work through grief at retreat created by North Dakota Airmen
Five strong women traveled from different parts of the country July 31 - Aug. 4 for a relaxing and rejuvenating retreat experience. It was the end result of a three-year renovation project created by two inspirational members of the North Dakota National Guard for military survivors.Survivors of Heroes Retreat on Holbrook Farms is an all-expense
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2014
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