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Employers Attend National Guard Training

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Soldiers from the 957th Engineer Company trained at Kimball Bottoms today. The National Guard also hosted some special guests.

Employers of National Guard soldiers had the opportunity to see what their employees do when they leave work for training.

"It was very interesting to see what they are doing when they're out training, all the hard work and dedication that they do to be able to make this stuff work. It doesn't look like it's easy, but they make it look very easy," says Capt. Joe Charvat of the N.D. State Penitentiary.

The event was called "Operation: Boat Show."

Employers were taken out on the Missouri River to watch as soldiers conducted rafting and bridging exercises.

"I had no idea how they did this and how well prepared they are! It's fascinating to me! I'm on a boat in river, and we're moving a bridge. That was just fascinating to me. I was like a little kid going, 'Whoa!" says Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary.

Several employers from the Bismarck-Mandan community were recognized for their support. The Patriot Award shows appreciation to civilian employers who accommodate soldiers' schedules with flexibility and support.

Charvat was one of the employers honored at the event. He was nominated by one of his employees.

"He does a lot for us. We run quite short at the prison. He has to do a lot to get people off shifts so they can come to drill. So, he does a lot. He really does," says Sgt. Stephan Vetter of the National Guard.

About 120 soldiers from the unit will conduct rafting and bridging exercises this month. The event was hosted by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

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