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Broadcaster Press 3 January 9, 2018 www.broadcasteronline.com SD National Guard Looks Back On A Successful 2017 South Dakota State University Announces Dean's List RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota National Guard once again distinguished itself as one of the premier National Guard organizations in the nation in 2017, just as it has for the past 155 years. From serving in combat operations overseas to supporting domestic emergencies here at home, SDNG Soldiers and Airmen have once again answered the call to help people in need. Support to federal commitments worldwide continued in 2017 as more than 275 Soldiers and 125 Airmen from five units supported overseas contingency operations. BROOKINGS, S.D. - The following students have been named to the dean's list for academic excellence following the fall 2017 semester at South Dakota State University. To earn dean's list distinctions in SDSU's colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students with an asterisk received a perfect 4.0 GPA. The 153rd Engineer Battalion and its Forward Support Company returned 165 Soldiers from duty in the Middle East. The Huron and Parkston-based units served 10 months providing command and control of attached engineer units. Members of the unit served in multiple locations throughout the region, including Iraq and Syria. Students from 29 states and 30 foreign nations are on the entire of list of more than 3,000 students. The Rapid City-based 216th Engineer Detachment's Firefighting Team deployed three Soldiers for a nine-month tour to Romania where they are providing command and control of firefighting teams to provide fire protection of aviation assets, facilities and installations in the European Command area of operation. Students with F, I, U, RI or RU grades are not eligible regardless of system term GPA attained. This criterion includes courses that were taken at other South Dakota Board of Regents institutions this term. A minimum of 12 credits within the 100-699 course range must be taken. A student who passes pregeneral education courses may still qualify, if the student has 12 other credits that do fall within the 100-699 range. Fifteen Soldiers from the 200th Engineer Company, based out of Pierre, Chamberlain and Mobridge, deployed to the Middle East as a Bridge Training Team where they are providing training and assistance to coalition forces on military bridge systems throughout the region. School Codes: SAGBS – College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences More than 90 Soldiers with the Rapid City-based Company C, SA&S – College of Arts & Sciences 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment, deployed to the Middle SEHS – College of Education & Human Sciences East where they are providing aerial medical evacuation supSENGR – Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering port with its HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. SNURS – College of Nursing SPAHP – College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions The Sioux Falls-based 114th Fighter Wing saw the deploySUC – University College ment of 125 Airmen to six countries throughout the Middle East and Europe as part of their Reserve Component Period in Note: Students enrolled at another South Dakota Board support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Spartan Shield. The of Regents’ institution are also noted. For example, NUC is listed. That is Northern State University’s University College. Sioux Falls-based Airmen serve in a variety of capacities from administration, services, engineering, communications, force protection, maintenance and logistics support. Beresford: Matthew Marc Bogue*, SAGBS; Since 9/11, the SDNG has deployed more than 8,000 Soldiers Angela Lee Jensen*, SNURS; and Airmen in support of various operations. Emily Anne Lawrenson*, SENGR; Julia Geneva Mochel*, UAS, SAGBS; The SDNG continued to provide domestic operations supJennifer Ellen Swanstrom*, SAGBS, SEHS; port to the citizens of South Dakota and the nation throughout Breanna Marie Swee*, UAS, SNURS, SA&S 2017. Centerville: More than 150 Soldiers and Airmen provided support to the Jaclynn Marie Knutson, SAGBS; 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20. The Kieran Cleo O'Malley, SA&S; SDNG service members were joined by more than 7,500 GuardsAdrienn Carol Peterson*, SNURS; men from 44 other states and territories to assist the District Heather Ann Rist, UAS, SA&S of Columbia National Guard and federal and local law enforcement agencies in providing security, crowd control and traffic Dakota Dunes: management of attendees and support personnel throughout Sara Marie Bohan*, SNURS; the U.S. Capital region. Andrew Bradley Clay, SAGBS; Philip David Jacobson, SPAHP; Guard members were also called up by Gov. Dennis DauSarah Jeannette Jesse*, SPAHP; gaard to support 11 state active duty missions that involved 90 Anne Marie McCabe, SNURS; personnel and totaled over 300 man-days. The majority of the Morgan Savannah Oliver, SA&S; response involved wildland fire support providing aerial water Marisa Nicole Schulz*, SENGR suppression assistance using HH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews and ground support personnel. The SDARNG responded Elk Point: to eight fires throughout the Black Hills and western South Kylee Anne Donnelly*, UAS, SAGBS; Dakota from March through September. Rachel Elizabeth Geary*, SAGBS; Elena Marie Giorgio, SNURS; When not dropping water, flight crews were also picking up Lynsey Hazel Klunder, SPAHP; people in need. One crew assisted in the rescue of a male hiker Cody Hunter Kneip, SAGBS; in April who was injured on Black Elk Peak and airlifted from Samantha Rose McInerney, UAS, SAGBS; Custer State Park to Rapid City for treatment. Alicia Joy Nelson, UAS, SA&S; Emily Marie Peirce, SA&S; However it's not just within the state that South Dakota Cody Aaron Reed, SENGR Guardsmen responded this year. When disaster stuck the island of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the state Gayville: responded. Matthew A. Buckman, SENGR Irene: Seth Allen Engen, SAGBS; Samantha Jo Hagedorn, SAGBS, NUC; Connor Michelle Hansen*, SA&S; Stephanie Sue Hauger, SAGBS Gov. Daugaard activated four Soldiers of the Watertownbased Company A, 139th Brigade Support Battalion, at the request of Puerto Rico government authorities to help with recovery operations and provide water distribution capabilities to those in need. Jefferson: Jennifer Anne Dailey*, UAS, SAGBS; Margeaux Faith Gaiani, SA&S; Benjamin Bradley Kennedy*, UAS, SAGBS; Madisen Erin Payne, SAGBS; Madalyne Jo Schuldt*, SPAHP; Lauren Elizabeth Walker, SAGBS On Oct. 8, the Soldiers deployed for six weeks with vehicles and equipment with the capability to receive, store and distribute potable water. The Soldiers personally distributed more than 420,000 gallons of water to Puerto Rico residents and helped to setup two water purification sites and two water distribution sites, which allowed for a total of 920,000 gallons of water to be distributed in support of relief efforts. North Sioux City: Andrew Lewis Hanshaw, UAS, SENGR The 114th Fighter Wing continued support to NORAD's Airspace Control Alert mission at March Air Force Base in California, providing four F-16 Fighting Falcons and pilots who are ready on a 24-hour alert status to protect the country for any type of emergency. Vermillion: Jacob Michael Ford, SA&S; Victoria Kristine Gregoire*, UAS, SEHS; This year also Ty Joseph Iverson, SAGBS; Save $30 on a Summer AC Tune-Up! marked the 11th anniversary of the South Dakota and Suriname State Partnership Program. There were Jeremiah Craig Johnson, UAS, SAGBS; 61 subject matter expert participants that took part in 13 Kaci Ann Madsen, SNURS; significant exchanges, which included land search and rescue Maggie Rose Peterson, SENGR; operations, force management, HAZMAT planning and prevenJust give Emily Marie Schmitz, SNURS; us a call and we’ll Paul Dean Schwasinger, SPAHP; send out a qualified Natalie Grace Swanson*, SEHS; Travis James Weber, SNURS Technician like Service The Green Tyler, to make sure your Viborg: Walker James Kropuenske, UAS, SA&S for those AC unit is ready hot summer South Dakota Volin: Grace Ann Dangel, days and save $30!* SNURS Wakonda: Nathan Douglas Knutson, SAGBS ' 3 HDGOLQHV Tyler Reiser Wynot Nebraska Service Technician Formally the Green Diamond 13 years experience Watch for food and drink specials! 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Detachment 1, Company B, 1-112th Aviation Battalion, was awarded the National Guard Association of the United States' Certificate of Victory for having the highest overall figure of merit in weapons qualification in the nation. This is the third year in a row a SDARNG unit has received the award. The SDARNG was presented with the gold recipient award in the 2017 Army Communities of Excellence Awards. The ACOE Awards recognize top performance within U.S. Army, National Guard and Reserve installations/communities and their approach to systems management. Because of the gold finish, the ACOE Awards presented the SDARNG with $100,000 to enhance the organization even further. The money will support process improvement, specifically supporting workforce professional development. For the fourth time in five years, the Department of Defense awarded a SDARNG unit with the Reserve Family Readiness Award for the Army National Guard. The award was presented to the Rapid City and Wagner-based 155th Engineer Company at the Pentagon. The annual award is presented to one unit from each of the seven Reserve components that demonstrate excellence in engaging with and supporting their members' families. The 155th was recognized again, this time claiming a top award from the Society of American Military Engineers for outstanding military and engineering service. The 155th received the Itschner Award, which recognizes the best engineer company in three categories: U.S. Army, Army Reserve and National Guard. The SDANG continued to demonstrate its success as one of the top five flying units in the nation as NGAUS awarded the 114th Fighter Wing with its Distinguished Flying Unit Plaque for the third consecutive year. This is the seventh time the unit has received this award for exceptional meritorious service. The award is based on overall combat readiness and the unit's performance with respect to all other Air National Guard units. The 114th was also announced as a recipient of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the third straight year. This is the ninth time the unit has received this award for exceptional meritorious service by the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard. The SDARNG won a National Guard Bureau Excellence in Diversity Award for fiscal year 2016. The NGB Excellence in Diversity Awards are presented to outstanding National Guard individuals, organizations, states and territories for significant contributions to diversity and inclusion initiatives. The SDNG hosted its 33rd annual Golden Coyote training exercise in the Black Hills in June. The two-week training exercise has developed into one of the nation's top training opportunities for the National Guard, Reserve and active-duty forces, as well as military personnel from allied countries. Golden Coyote 2017 involved more than 2,400 participants from 30 units representing 13 states, one U.S. territory and two allied nations. Never in our history have we been better trained, better equipped or more heavily relied upon than we are today. The Soldiers and Airmen of the SDNG are proud to add to its legacy and tradition as a force ready to support and defend our communities, state and nation. Stories you missed this week because you’re not a Plain Talk subscriber A story about steps that will be taken soon to get the next phase of improvements to the DakotaDome underway. Coverage of the 35th annual Dakota Farm Show held last week in the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The latest information on the benefit for local musician Nick Schwebach. A story about the Vermillion City Council’s decision to join forces with the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company to help Masaba, Inc. expand. The city will grant the local manufacturer tax rebates on its purchases of over $1 million of new equipment. And if you want to see: News about Vermillion’s plans to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day later this month. A story about future conservation plans at Spirit Mound. A full report from the Jan. 8 meeting of the Vermillion School Board. Pick up this Friday’s Plain Talk! Local news since 1884! Here for you yesterday, today and tomorrow. Classified Ads: Call for full details. Friday at Noon *Rebate offer only available to Vermillion Light & Power customers. Display Ads: Friday at 11AM tion, officer professional development and an engineer mission to help renovate parts of a school in Paramaribo. 69 years as a Premier Lennox® Dealer 96 years in the Business 400 years of Heating and Cooling Experience = Your #1 Choice in Vermillion! Yankton Vermillion Sioux City 605.665.4348 605.624.5618 712.252.2000 kalinsindoor.com 201 W. Cherry, Vermillion, SD 57069 605-624-2695
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