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In The Moment ... September 7, 2017 Show 172 Hour 2

We begin the hour with Retired Brigadier General Robert Benson. You can hear him speak about his more than 30-year career with the South Dakota National Guard this weekend as part of the South Dakota Veterans forum. That's 9 a.m. to 11, mountain time at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Dr. Richard Holm is host and creator of On Call With the Prairie Doc. He joins us to preview tonight's program on SDPB-TV with the theme of dental care for the elderly. 

Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels joins Dakota Midday to discuss  the opening of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home. Lt. Gov. Michels highlights the state's history during the Civil War era to the current military service in conflicts across the globe by state residents.

For this week's Images of the Past, Bill Hoskins, director of Siouxland Heritage Museums, tells the story of Camp Dewey in Sioux Falls. The camp served as a rendezvous for around 1,000 South Dakotans called into action in response to the downing of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898. How those men ended up ill-prepared for action in the Philippines rounds out the story of a South Dakota military contribution.

South Dakota National Guard

Celebrations honoring 67 Native American code talkers who served in World War I and World War II are taking place across the state. The celebrations include an exhibit featuring replicas of the Congressional medals South Dakota tribes received for assisting with the war effort.

Four Oceti Sakowin celebrations are taking place this month in honor of Native American code talkers.

National Guard Major Anthony Deiss says the U.S. first sought the help of the Native American tribes to help transmit messages that couldn’t be deciphered by enemy forces.

Sgt. Charlie Jacobson / US Army National Guard

Dozens of National Guard soldiers are deploying to Kuwait. They are set to spend nine months overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Spartan Shield. The deployment begins in February. Members of the 196th are preparing for their time in the Middle East, and they aren’t alone.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Two-hundred fifty South Dakota soldiers are deploying to the Pacific Theater. The men and women are military members with the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls. The Air Force National Guard unit is tasked with using tactical fighters to destroy enemy forces, supplies and equipment. Soldiers gathered Sunday for a mobilization ceremony. 

The thick soles of tan-toned boots hit smooth concrete at Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls.  The boots match the fatigues of the men and women who lace them up. Hundreds of pairs shuffle together in the din of the crowd.

The House Transportation Committee wants to ease the process for military personnel to acquire service plates for their vehicles. Republican Representative Jim Stalzer backs the proposed changes.

"The one amendment that I talked to them in advance about was they were going to take the disabled plate away from some veterans and it would be particularly like a veteran who had Agent Orange as a disability, which showed up years later. Those people weren’t going to be eligible for those disabled plates," Stalzer says.

Nate Wek / SDPB

The South Dakota Air National Guard in Sioux Falls continually trains for emergency situations. Thursday the National Guard invited emergency personnel to the Joe Foss air base to show others what kind of technology they are using. Some of the technology and equipment used is very advanced, similar to equipment seen in popular crime shows.