Military aviation is an important part of our state’s aviation community. In this spotlight, we highlight some of our local military aviators, who represent North Dakota around the world, and share their stories with you. We thank them for their dedicated service to our country and community.
Our spotlight in this issue features Loren Obrigewitch, a First Sergeant (1SG) in the Army National Guard.
Q: What is your hometown?
I grew up in Beach, ND. I left at 19 to join the Army, and I left active duty in 1999 and joined the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG.) Currently, I live in Dickinson, ND.
Q: What is your job title? What does your work include?
I am a first sergeant of Company A of 1-112th aviation battalion.Most of my career was serving as a Petroleum Supply Specialist refueling aircraft and as a platoon sergeant. I also worked in flight operations for the first couple years in the NDNG.
Q: How many years of service do you have?
I have 35 years total, with a little over 12 as active duty army and 23 in the National Guard. I have also been a military-technician at the North Dakota Army Aviation Support Facility since 2007.
Q: What inspired you to join the military?
The first time I saw a Memorial Day ceremony, conducted by the ex-GI’s, when I was a child in Beach, ND. They provided the 21-gun salute and gave us kids the brass from their M1 Garands.
Q: What has been the most rewarding part of your job/time in the military?
Working with and training soldiers. Watching them develop their leadership skills and become professionals at their chosen career fields.
Q: What advice do you have for anyone interested in military aviation?
Talk to a recruiter, pick a goal, and pursue it. It can take several tries to get the job you want in Army aviation.