Two members of the crew of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) completed a very successful namesake visit to northwest North Dakota on June 6th and 7th. Machinist’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer Richard Hicks, the Auxiliary Division Leading Chief Petty Officer, and Electronics Technician 1st Class petty Officer Robert Anderson, the Reactor Controls Division Leading Petty Officer made well received stops in Bismarck, Minot, Williston and Watford City. They were escorted by USS North Dakota Committee Chairman Bob Wefald.
On Thursday morning, June 6th, they started out with a live on air visit with Phil Parker on KFYR 550 AM Radio in Bismarck.
At noon that day they spoke to the Military Affairs Committee of the Minot Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon at the Minot Air Force Base. They also did interviews with KXMC TV and KMOT TV in Minot.
L to R: Bruce Carlson the Minot MAC Chairman, ET1 Anderson, MMCS Hicks, John MacMartin President of the Minot Chamber of Commerce, Bob Wefald USSND Chairman.
Friday morning they were in Williston to speak to the Military Affairs Committee of the Williston Chamber of Commerce. On the way out of Williston our Williston host Steve Slocum, who with his wife Lorri provided us with a great steak dinner when we arrived on Thursday, took us to a veterans memorial.
For lunch on Friday they were in Watford City speaking to a well attended community luncheon sponsored by the Watford City Post 29 American Legion. Here is a link to excellent coverage of the Watford City visit:
On the way back to Bismarck they visited the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Their visit was preceded by an excellent article in The Bismarck Tribune. Here are links to the article and photos they used with the article. The photos are used by permission of General Dynamics Electric Boat.