119th wing

Fargo company awarded contract for 119th Wing’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations Center

FARGO (KVRR) – A Fargo company will build a new, state-of-the-art operations center for the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing in Fargo. Sen. John Hoeven says the Army awarded a more than $13 million contract to Gast Construction Company, Inc. of Fargo.  The facility will be home for the Air National Guard’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) program. “The…

Change of Command for the 119th Wing

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing based in Fargo has a new commander. Col. Mitch Johnson officially took over command of the unit known as the “Happy Hooligans” during a ceremony held at the base on Saturday. He replaces Col. Darrin Anderson, who will remain with the National Guard as assistant adjutant general. Johnson began his…

Hoeven Hosts Nat’l Guard Discussion on Fargo Operations Facility, Tuition Assistance & Health Care

FARGO, N.D. – Sen. John Hoeven held a roundtable Wednesday on the importance of getting a new North Dakota National Guard operations facility in Fargo. The Republican was joined by members of the National Guard and NDSU’s Air Force and Army ROTC at the Fargo Air Museum. Hoeven wants support for a new MQ–9 Reaper facility for the 119th Wing at…

Fargo’s Happy Hooligans To Welcome New Commander

Col. Darrin Anderson's change of command ceremony is Saturday

Col. Darrin AndersonFARGO, N.D. — The 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, is getting a new commander. The Happy Hooligans will welcome Col. Darrin Anderson during a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday. The ceremony will take place in the aircraft maintenance hangar in front of the 119th Wing. They will also bid farewell to Col. Britt…

Final Member of the Happy Hooligans Returns Home

Special Master Sgt. Susan Schroeder returns after six-month deployment

FARGO, N.D. — The final member of the Happy Hooligans group deployed overseas has returned home to Fargo. Special Master Sergeant Susan Schroeder was greeted by family and her fellow Happy Hooligans at Hector International Airport. Schroeder spent the last six months on deployment in Southwest Asia as a communications flight superintendent. With several hugs from her family and friends, Schroeder…

“Happy Hooligans” Returning Home Tonight From Asia

About 50 Airmen Are Expected After Midnight

FARGO, ND — More “Happy Hooligans” are returning home late Sunday night after a six-month deployment in southwest Asia. About 50 Airmen from the Fargo-based 119th Wing will arrive home around 1 a.m. at the North Dakota Air National Guard base ramp. They are part of the nearly 150 Happy Hooligans who deployed in 2017, the unit’s largest deployment since…

Deployed “Happy Hooligans” Returning to their Families in Fargo

Many have been away from their loved ones for about six months

FARGO, ND — Six months ago, groups of “Happy Hooligans” were deployed to different parts of Southwest Asia. They’re starting to return home. Families and friends gathered at Hector International Airport to greet their loved ones with open arms. Dozens of others from the 119th Wing came out to greet the six people returning home this afternoon. People greeting the…