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Remember me. Photo By Chief Master Sgt. Brent Hevelka, left, and Sgt. Jason McKenney The soldiers are the second group to devote two weeks to the site. The bridge serves as a focal point for the small community in southeastern North Dakota and provides access to the main part of town by foot traffic.
IRT projects require a lengthy approval process but offer a unique opportunity for Guardsmen to gain hands-on training while helping communities complete projects that otherwise would not be able to be done. A tree lodged in an ice jam that slammed against the bridge in changed all of that. Soon after becoming mayor two years ago, Thernes began looking for other options.
He started by walking into the Lisbon, N. Soon, he learned about Innovative Readiness Training projects — a program that provides Guardsmen with training while giving nonprofits and governmental agencies much-needed help. In Fort Ransom, Guardsmen from the th Engineer Company Horizontal Detachment 2 out of Lisbon started work on the IRT project in May by disassembling the old bridge, erecting metal support beams on each side of the river, and then putting up bracing and decking boards.
The main unit of the th, out of Edgeley, N. In the first few days on the job, Staff Sgt. Gene Anderson Jr. While a mere 77 people populate Fort Ransom, the nearby state park and annual events — from Sodbuster Days to the Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Association Fall Festival — draw thousands more to the community. Thernes needed to file an extensive application packet through the North Dakota National Guard that included a wealth of permits clearing the project, from historical preservation to wildlife management to the water board.
In the meantime, a Guard committee reviewed his project scope, plans and funding availability, as well as whether the necessary skill sets and training time were available within the North Dakota Guard. Once those boxes were checked, the project plan moved up the chain for approval at the Department of Defense level, a process that can take three to six months. Once the lengthy procedure was complete, both sides were anxious to move forward.
Kappenman and others examined numerous risk assessments and mitigation factors to ensure the safest working environment for the Guardsmen, including a safety line in the water, deated life guard, life preservers on site and harnesses secured to safety ropes, in addition to the hardhats and safety glasses common in construction work. Kappenman, of Fargo, agreed. This will end up being a landmark for Fort Ransom. Work completed includes assisting with constructing ro and parking lots for nonprofits and government agencies, as well as removing a high school track, building a classroom and constructing a dormitory.
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