Two members of the crew of our boat USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) made a namesake visit to our state this the week of July 11th -15th, 2016. Ensign Dennen Miner, Supply Corps:
and Machinist Mate Second Class Robin Brooks Anderson:
The USS North Dakota Committee hosted these men. Dave Johnston, a USS North Dakota Committee member and President of the North Dakota Council of the United States, and Navy League members Dave Rice and Jerry Rostad, made all of the arrangements for their visit in Fargo. The events included on air interviews with Joel Heitkamp of News and Views on the Mighty 790 KFGO AM and with Scott Hennen on What’s On Your Mind on KFYR 550 AM Radio. They also were interviewed by the Forum of Fargo resulting in this story picked up by Undersea Warfare News:
USS North Dakota Nuclear Submarine Crew Visit North Dakota
Helmut Schmidt, Forum, July 13
FARGO – Two crew members of the USS North Dakota have surfaced in Fargo.
Ensign Dennen Miner and Machinists Mate Auxiliary 2nd Class Robin Anderson are the latest members of the nuclear-powered attack submarine’s crew to make a “namesake trip” to the state to foster better relations and meet people.
They’re diving into a whirlwind tour of the Fargo area.
“I’m just excited to be able to see various aspects of the state itself. I’ve never been to North Dakota,” Anderson said Tuesday, July 12. “It’s beautiful here.”
Miner looks forward to seeing the home of the North Dakota State University Bison football team.
“I’m a big football guy. So having watched NDSU really dominate football for the past couple years, It’s really exciting for me to see the football center and the college itself,” Miner said.
Miner has also been charmed by the green of the Red River Valley.
“I was impressed flying low over the farmlands,” he said. “You just look out. They really do mean strength from the soil when you look at North Dakota. It’s absolutely amazing.”
Tuesday consisted of stops at various media outlets, closing the day out by throwing out the first pitch at a Red Hawks baseball game.
Wednesday, July 13, will include trips to farms and NDSU’s agricultural research departments, and a trip to the Microsoft campus to see one of the city’s technology centers.
Anderson reported to the USS North Dakota in November 2012 when it was half assembled. He is an auxiliary mechanic and deals with all systems outside of the nuclear propulsion system.
His division is responsible for more than 7,000 pieces of equipment “and we are expected to be the systems experts,” Anderson said. “We are system experts in seawater systems, high-pressure and low-pressure air systems, hydraulics, plumbing potable water, diesel engine, atmosphere purification and oxygen generation.”
Miner came aboard in November 2015. He’s the second supply officer for the ship. He’s responsible for food, fuel, spare parts and all the other items that are needed to keep the crew and vessel operating efficiently.
Anderson is originally from the Denver area. In his 20s, he attended several colleges and tried starting a music career in Nashville, Tenn., worked as a sheriff’s deputy, and later became an emergency medical technician. He joined the Navy in April 2012.
Minor grew up in Norfolk, Va., the son of a Navy submariner.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a law degree from the College of William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Va., then spent time as a prosecutor, before deciding that law was not the life for him.
Other events included throwing out the 1st pitch at the Red Hawks baseball game.
They also spoke to the 3rd Quarter Membership Meeting of the North Dakota Council of the Navy League. President Dave Johnston welcomed them.
Navy Leaguers enjoyed their remarks at their noon luncheon meeting.