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Published July 07 2012

Military Notes

GRADUATED: Army National Guard Pvt. Shawn Gustafson graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training. Gustafson is the son of Orville Gustafson, Fargo, and Norma Gustafson, Bremerton, Wash.

Army Reserve Pvt. Matthew Villareal graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Villareal is the son of Tammy Chen, North Brunswick, N.J., and is a 2005 graduate of Norman County West High School, Halstad, Minn.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Phillip White has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio., Texas. He is the son of Deanna Pantzke, Moorhead, and a 2011 graduate of Moorhead High School.

Airman 1st Class Shelby Jo Germundson graduated from the 320 Training Squadron Flight 366 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. She is the daughter of Corey and Susan (Zimprich) Germundson.

U.S. Navy Ensign Christopher Crowe II has graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He has been assigned to the Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, S.C., where he will continue a graduate-level course of intensive study covering theoretical and practical operation of nuclear reactors. He will then attend submarine officer basic training in Groton, Conn., after which he will begin service as a division officer aboard a nuclear submarine. Crowe is the son of Dr. Christopher and Pauline Crowe, Fargo, and a 2008 graduate of Park Christian High School.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Mead has graduated from Cryptologic Linguist Specialist Course at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, Calif. Mead is the son of Jerry and Janet Mead and a 2001 graduate of Fargo North High School.


RETIRED: Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Hemsing, Wahpeton, N.D., has retired from the North Dakota Army National Guard after 20 years of service. Hemsing enlisted in the Army Reserves and drilled in Fergus Falls, Minn., as an infantryman before transferring to the North Dakota Army National Guard. He has served one tour in Iraq and one in Kosovo.

Capt. Geoffrey Bentley, Hawley, Minn., has retired from the United States Navy after 37 years of service. Bentley drilled in the Navy Reserve Center in Fargo for 19 years. Later, he was attached to Marine Corps units in Minneapolis; Des Moines, Iowa; and Omaha, Neb.


OTHER: Two North Dakota National Guard marathon runners qualified for the All-Guard Marathon Team by running in the 35th Annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon May 6 in Nebraska. Seven North Dakota National Guard marathon runners completed the race, which was a qualifying event for the All-Guard Marathon Team. This was the first time in history that two members of the North Dakota team finished with qualifying times. The runners were Capt. Jerod Tufte, Bismarck, and Staff Sgt. Amy Wieser Willson, West Fargo. This is also the first time a female from North Dakota has made the team twice in two years.


SPECIAL HONORS: Staff Sgt. Sarah J. Bieber, Fargo, was given a certificate of appreciation for her efforts in conducting a class on combat lifesaving skills to a National Guard unit in Valley City, N.D. Bieber is a medic in the medical treatment section of the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. She has been a member of the North Dakota National Guard for 13 years.

Pvt. First Class Brady A. Meester, Moorhead, was presented a certificate of appreciation by the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defence Artillery Regiment of the North Dakota Army National Guard for his service in support of the North Dakota flood fight of 2011 in Bismarck and Mandan. He has been a member of the National Guard for almost a year.

North Dakota National Guard Soldier 2nd Lt. Jonathan J. Fankhanel, Pelican Rapids, Minn., was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for excelling academically and physically at the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Basic Officer Leader Course from August to December. He was named Honor Graduate of his class for achieving a 91 percent academic average, scoring 290 out of 300 on the Army Physical Fitness Test and receiving superior ratings on all written, oral communications and leadership tests. Fankhanel is a member of the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, where he services as an area operations officer. He has been in the military for nine years, including six years with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Spc. Christopher Carpenter, was presented the White Honor Guard Lanyard by the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors program on June 17. Carpenter was honored for his successful performance of 50 or more funeral missions as a member of the Military Funeral Honors Team. Carpenter, of Fargo, plays bass clarinet, saxophone and bassoon with the band and also works as the unit’s music librarian. He has served in the Guard for more than 20 years.

Spc. Aaron Bedford was awarded the Army Achievement Medal at a ceremony in Fargo. He was honored for being named runner-up in the 2011 Reserve Component Army Band Soldier of the Year competition. He is a percussionist with the North Dakota National Guard’s 188th Army Band in Fargo. He joined the military in 2000 and served four years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps. He deployed to Iraq in 2009-10 with the Minnesota National Guard’s 34th Infantry Division Band.


PROMOTED: Tammy King, Fargo, was promoted to the rank of major with the North Dakota Air National Guard. King is a medical logistics officer with the 119th Medical Group in Fargo. She is a 1987 graduate of Napoleon (N.D.) High School, a 1993 graduate of North Dakota State University and a 2008 graduate of University of Mary.

Steven P. Hoikkala, Fargo, was promoted to sergeant first class with the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, a Fargo-based unit of the North Dakota Army National Guard. Hoikkala is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear staff noncommissioned officer and a state master trainer for the North Dakota Honor Guard. He has been a member of the National Guard for 11 years.

Matthew A. Nielson, Valley City, N.D., has been promoted to first lieutenant in the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, a Fargo-based unit of the North Dakota Army National Guard. Nielson is an officer in charge of the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear section. He has been a member of the National Guard for 12 years.

Joleen M. Pardo, Bertha, Minn., was promoted to specialist in the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, a Fargo-based unit of the North Dakota Army National Guard. Pardo is a cook in the unit’s mess section. She has been a member of the National Guard for one year.

Darryl G. Scarborough, Moorhead, was promoted to staff sergeant in Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, a Fargo-based unit of the North Dakota Army National Guard. Scarborough is a civil affairs noncommissioned officer in charge. He has been a member of the National Guard for eight years.

Kalee R. Kroenke, West Fargo, was promoted to sergeant by Company A of the 231st Brigade Support Battalion in Fargo. Kroenke is the military occupational specialties of motor transport operator and unit supply specialist. She has been a member of the National Guard for six years.

Joel P. O’Neil, West Fargo, was promoted to sergeant first class by Company A of the 231st Brigade Support Battalion on Fargo. O’Neil is a platoon sergeant in Fargo’s Company A. He has been a member of the National Guard for 12 years

Christopher Hjelseth, West Fargo, was promoted to master sergeant and will serve as the 191st Military Police Company’s operations sergeant. He has been a Guardsman since January 1990.

Bryan Sholts, Fargo, was promoted to specialist with the 191st Military Police Company. Sholts is a wheeled vehicle mechanic for the unit. He has been a member of the National Guard since October 2010.

Pfc. Christopher Theilke, Emerado, N.D., was promoted to private (E-2) with the 191st Military Police Specialist. Theilke is a military police officer. He has been a member of the National Guard since May 2011.

Pfc. Anthony Aadland, Wilmot, S.D., was promoted to private (E-2) with the 191st Military Police Specialist. Aadland is a military police officer. He has been a member of the National Guard since June 2010.