This photo is the “Welcome Abroad” photo given to visitors to our boat.USSND Welcome Aboard

Lieutenant Commander Joel Holwitt, the Executive Officer of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784) made a namesake visit to North Dakota on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14th and 15th.  He came to Bismarck to make remarks to each chamber of our Legislature, an honor rarely granted.  He did an excellent job briefing first the House of Representatives and then the Senate on the status of their boat.  Here he is speaking to the House of Representatives.

XO House

And here he is speaking to the Senate.

XO Senate

Lieutenant Commander Holwitt also visited with Governor Burgum and presented him with a ship’s plaque.

XO Governor

Visits with Attorney general Wayne Stenehjem and Secretary of State Al Jaeger were followed by a visit to the State Historical Society and Claudia Berg.

Tuesday evening LCDR Holwitt spoke to the North Dakota Council of the Navy League of the United States.

XO Navy League

On Wednesday LCDR Holwitt spoke to an assembly of high school AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students from Bismarck High School and Century High School, followed by a visit with students in an AVID class.

The high school visit was followed by a visit with a 7th grade robotics classroom at Simle Middle School.

XO 7th graders

At noon on Wednesday Holwitt spoke to the Bismarck Rotary Club with a very lively and engaging question and answer session.

His day ended with an excellent presentation at the Bismarck State College Energy Center on the types of technical distance learning that could be developed and used by the Navy through BSC.



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