SALEM — Units of the 139th Brigade Support Battalion trained alongside several public safety agencies in preparation for disaster response in communities throughout eastern South Dakota. The training exercise — which occurred on March 31 through April 2 — was a joint disaster response operation to help the South Dakota National Guard and local agencies learn how to work better together when responding to emergencies.
RAPID CITY — The South Dakota National Guard announced a Springfield man as the 2016 recipient of the Lt. Col. John J. Steele Award, naming him the SDNG's Lieutenant of the Year. First Lt. Alan Armstrong, who currently serves as the executive officer in the 200th Engineer Company in Pierre, was selected as the most exceptional lieutenant after competing against lieutenants from several of the SDNG's major commands.
RAPID CITY — A number of South Dakota Army National Guard units with area connections recently received the National Guard Bureau’s Superior Unit Award in recognition of outstanding achievement during training year 2013. The Superior Unit Award is presented to units who meet highly enforced military standards in the areas of personnel, training and readiness. “The Superior Unit Award is very difficult to qualify for,” said Maj. Gen.