Happy Hooligans

North Dakota Air National Guard helping mission to support Afghan nationals

FARGO (KVRR) – Fourteen members of the North Dakota Air National Guard were recently mobilized as part of a mission to support the relocations of Afghan nationals. The Fargo-based Happy Hooligans are serving at Volk Field, Wisconsin and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Hooligans are providing base operational and other supplementary services in support. They were deployed Aug. 26. …

ND Air National Guard breaks ground on new facility

"This building is going to set us up for 20 to 30 years of doing what Hooligans do best; Leading missions in the entire National Guard and the entire Air Force."

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — The Happy Hooligans of the 119th Wing break ground on a $17.5 million facility. The construction project will be an operations facility for use by the 119th Operations Group at the North Dakota Air National Guard Base. “The reason this is being built and the folks that deserve the most gratitude are the airmen. This is…

Change of Command for the 119th Wing

JOHNSON 2 030721 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….

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…

Thirteen Members of the Happy Hooligans Return to Fargo

Dozens of people gathered at Hector International Airport to greet the returning airmen

FARGO, N.D. — Additional members of the Happy Hooligans returned home to North Dakota this afternoon. Thirteen airmen from the 119th Wing returned from a six–month tour to the Middle East. The security forces were a part of the largest deployment since the Korean War. They say they were proud to have served their country overseas, but are glad to…

Returning North Dakota National Guardsman Surprises Daughters at LPA Elementary

He is one of around 150 Happy Hooligans returning from a six month mission to southwest Asia

AUDUBON, Minn. — It was a big surprise for the daughters of an airman with the North Dakota National Guard. Senior Master Sgt. Travis Schauer of the 119th Wing Civil Engineering Squad surprised his two oldest daughters at Lake Park Audubon Elementary. Schauer just returned home this morning and was greeted by his wife and youngest daughter at Hector in…

“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…

Two Unmanned Aircraft for North Dakota National Guard

MQ-9 Reaper to be used for training

Happy Hooligans will return to the skies above Fargo. The North Dakota National Air Guard’s 119th Wing will receive two unmanned aircraft this summer. It’s part of the U.S. Air Force’s larger plan to upgrade its remotely piloted capability. The aircraft is called the MQ-9 Reaper. It will be used for training purposes. This will mark the first time military…