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U.S. Air Force Themed display installed at the North Dakota Veterans Home

A Large three-blade B-25 propeller is displayed on a pole on the grassy grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Sept. 1, 2021.

The newly installed U.S. Air Force commemorative B-25 propeller display on the grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

Two elderly men pose for a photo in front a U.S. Air Force B-25 propeller display being installed by four men on the grassy grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Sept. 1, 2021.

Residents of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., and Vietnam War veterans Bob Cooper, U.S. Navy, left, and Roger Roles, U.S. Air Force, pose next to a new U.S. Air Force commemorative B-25 propeller display as it is being installed on the grounds of the veterans home Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Installing the display are clockwise from left to right Chief Master Sgt. Chris Walberg, 119th Wing, Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, the N.D. National Guard state senior enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kangas, the N.D. Air National Guard state command chief, and Shawn Mcleod, the veterans home maintenance supervisor. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

A man stands on a ladder as he tightens bolts on a U.S. Air Force B-25 propeller display being installed on the grassy grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Sept. 1, 2021.

Chief Master Sgt. Chris Walberg, 119th Wing, tightens bolts as he helps install a new U.S. Air Force commemorative B-25 propeller display on the grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

Four men help position a U.S. Air Force B-25 propeller display into place as it is hoisted up using a forklift on the grassy grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Sept. 1, 2021.

From left to right Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, the N.D. National Guard state senior enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt. Chris Walberg, 119th Wing, Mark Johnson, the North Dakota Veterans Home administrator, and Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kangas, the N.D. Air National Guard state command chief, position a new U.S. Air Force commemorative B-25 propeller display on the grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

Three men assemble a B-25 propeller for display on the grassy grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Sept., 1, 2021.

From left to right Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, the N.D. National Guard state senior enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kangas, the N.D. Air National Guard state command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Chris Walberg, 119th Wing, assemble a new U.S. Air Force commemorative B-25 propeller display on the grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp)

NORTH DAKOTA AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.D. --

Three North Dakota National Guard volunteers completed a task begun by retired Maj. Gen. Darrol Schroeder over five years ago when they installed a U.S. Air Force commemorative B-25 propeller display on the grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Home, Lisbon, N.D., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Schroeder was member of the governing board of the N.D. Veterans home, served as Commandant and always felt there should be an Air Force display among the military equipment on the grounds. Sadly, he passed away March 3, 2019, before he could see the culmination of his efforts.

During his distinguished career, he held the position of Chief of Staff, Headquarters, North Dakota Air National Guard; the Air National Guard Assistant to the Commander in Chief of NORAD/Space Command, Colorado Springs, CO; and later to the Commander, US Air Force, Europe.

Retired Maj. Gen. Alex Macdonald, former North Dakota adjutant general and 119th Wing commander, picked up the torch and championed the cause for his friend and colleague.

Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, the N.D. National Guard state senior enlisted leader, Chief Master Sgt. Duane Kangas, the N.D. Air National Guard state command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Chris Walberg, 119th Wing, took the task to fruition when they completed the installation along the veteran’s home drive Wed., Sept. 1, 2021. They were assisted by Shawn Mcleod, the veterans home maintenance supervisor and Mark Johnson, the veterans home administrator.

Several veterans home residents watched the installation, and Vietnam War veterans Bob Cooper, U.S. Navy, and Roger Roles, U.S. Air Force, enjoyed the display so much that they asked to have their photo taken beside it.

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