Graves at the N.D. Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan, N.D. were adorned during the Wreaths Across America (WAA) event on Dec. 18, 2021. This annual event is organized by the Bismarck Composite Squadron of the N.D. Civil Air Patrol. (National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Charles Highland, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)
Senior Leaders' Holiday Message
Major General Al Dohrmann, Adjutant General
Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock, Senior Enlisted Leader
As we look back on 2021, please take a moment to reflect on all that we have accomplished as we observe the holiday season by relaxing and celebrating with our family and friends. The men and women of our National Guard, Homeland Security, and State Radio have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference in the lives of our fellow North Dakotans. Your hard work has been a shining light throughout 2021.
We have served the citizens of our state well, and we owe it to one another to support and care for our friends and colleagues. Please remember to keep the nearly 500 Soldiers and Airmen serving away from home in your thoughts and prayers and reach out to those that may be struggling or just need a friend during this holiday season. As we look forward to a new year, I also encourage you to reach out to those who have made a positive impact in your life and let them know how much you appreciate their support.
It is our honor to be a part of this great organization and to serve alongside all of you. We wish you all the best in health and happiness in 2022.
Top Recruiting Enlisted Soldier Promoted
Jeffrey Sayler, N.D. Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion, was promoted to command sergeant major at Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck, N.D., Dec. 16, 2021. (National Guard story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Ashley Johlfs, N.D. National Guard Visual Information)
Sayler, who has over 28 years of military experience, serves as the command sergeant major for the N.D. Army National Guard's Recruiting and Retention Battalion. He leads about 55 full-time recruiters and staff and an average of 300 new enlistees of the Recruit and Sustainment Program.
Kevin Iverson, right, N.D. Civil Air Patrol, thanks Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Obigewitch, 164th Engineer Battalion, for a donation to Wreaths Across America, N.D. Veterans Cemetery, Dec. 18, 2021. Obigewitch, a teacher at Dickinson Middle School, presented the check on behalf of students who raised the funds.
The ROTC programs of North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota recently commissioned cadets during ceremonies at their respective schools, Dec. 17, 2021. (National Guard story by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)
Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, N.D. National Guard's deputy adjutant general, was invited to deliver the key note address at North Dakota State University ROTC program's Fall commissioning. The only cadet commissioned in the Bison Battalion was 2nd. Lt. Dominic E. Heazlett. Originally an enlisted N.D. National Guard Soldier, Heazlett accepted his commission as a Field Artillery officer in the Michigan Army National Guard.
Fighting Hawks Battalion
Two cadets assigned to the University of North Dakota ROTC Fighting Hawks Battalion became second lieutenants in the N.D. Army National Guard during the program's Winter Commissioning ceremony. 2nd Lt. Jaydon Grafsgaard, 3662nd Support Maintenance Company, was commissioned in the Ordnance Corps while 2nd Lt. Hanna Sampel, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, joined the Army's Aviation branch.
Second Lieutenant Micah Johnson, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment, graduated from the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Basic Officer Leaders Course (CHBOLC), Fort Jackson, S.C., Dec. 16, 2021. Chaplain (Col.) David Johnson, N.D. National Guard state chaplain, attended his son's graduation. (Courtesy photo)