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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Lovelace assumes new role at Camp Grafton

  • DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Lovelace, of Minot, N.D., is the new command sergeant major for the Devils Lake-based 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB).
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  • DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Command Sgt. Maj. Joe Lovelace, of Minot, N.D., is the new command sergeant major for the Devils Lake-based 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB).
    Lovelace assumed responsibility in the unit Dec. 7 from Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Nelson, of Grand Forks, N.D., during a formal ceremony at Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake. Nelson has served as the 136th CSSB’s senior enlisted Soldier since November 2013.
    After accepting his new role in the 70-member National Guard unit, Lovelace said that he looked forward to continuing the 136th CSSB’s tradition of excellence and maintaining solid resiliency and readiness in preparation for future unit missions and events.
    Lovelace is employed full time at the N.D. Army National Guard’s filed maintenance shop in Minot as a surface maintenance mechanic supervisor. He has been a member of the N.D. Guard for 35 years.
    Nelson, the departing command sergeant major, will now serve in the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, in Fargo, N.D.
    Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 4,000 Soldiers and more than 2,400 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. About 70 percent of all members serving today have joined since that time. Currently, more than 80 North Dakota Guardsmen are mobilized for overseas service and more than 200 are on duty in Washington, D.C., and in Texas. With a total force of about 4,400 Guardsmen, the North Dakota National Guard remains ready for stateside response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.

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