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North Dakota Guard Medical Team Best in Global Strike Command 
MINOT, N.D. — A North Dakota Air National Guard medical team has been named the best among Air Guard medical units in the Air Force Global Strike Command.

The 219th Security Forces Squadron medical team, of Minot, N.D., received the 2010 Air Force Global Strike Command Lt. Gen. George C. Schafer Trophy for Outstanding Air National Guard Medical Unit of the Year. They will now go on to compete for the Air Force-wide National Guard Medical Unit of the Year.

“I want to thank you for your exceptional leadership and for the hard work and sacrifices made by your team towards achieving this milestone! This accomplishment reflects great credit upon your unit and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Air Force Medical Service,” said Col. Mark A. Koeniger, command surgeon, in a letter announcing the award.

The Air Force’s 5th Medical Group, which is based at Minot Air Force Base, nominated the 219th for the award.

“It’s an honor for our medical team to be recognized by Air Force Global Strike Command for this award,” said Lt. Col. Tad Schauer, 219th Security Forces Squadron commander. “Our medical personnel have performed exemplary service since the squadron was activated in 2008. They implemented a first-of-its-kind Personnel Reliability Program, ensuring the reliability of traditional Guardsmen to perform nuclear security operations. Additionally, they have taken on medical procedures not previously offered at the base, resulting in a significant cost savings.”

Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, also offered praise. 

“I’m proud of all that our medical personnel in Minot have accomplished and pleased that the 5th Medical Group saw the value in nominating them for this award. I’m confident that they’ll perform well at the next level of competition,” he said.


Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,500 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, about 75 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense.  For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.

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