BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota National Guard Public Affairs Office will host a media availability with the parents of Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard, 20, of Bismarck, who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday, Dec. 3. Josephine (Josey) and Jesse Orgaard will be available for media interviews at the North Dakota Guard headquarters at Fraine Barracks from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Media representatives may attend in person or call 701-333-2980 (no password) beginning at 11:15 a.m.
To gain access to Fraine Barracks, please call 701-333-2288 or email Billie Jo Lorius (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be prepared to present a government issued identification card with photo i.e., North Dakota driver's license.
To join the conference via telephone, please call 701-333-2980. No password is necessary. Please identify your media organization when prompted.
Orgaard was one of two soldiers assigned to the N.D. National Guard's 818th Engineer Company (Sapper) killed in action Dec. 3 while on duty in Afghanistan. Also killed in the attack was Sgt. 1st Class Darren M. Linde, 41, of Devils Lake, N.D. Spc. Ian Charles Placek, 23, also of Bismarck, was wounded in the attack and is listed in stable condition at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. They were conducting route clearance operations when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle in southern Afghanistan.
Orgaard joined the North Dakota Army National Guard shortly before his graduation from Bismarck's Century High School in 2011. This was his first overseas deployment.
WHO: Media representatives
WHAT: Media availability with parents of Spc. Tyler J. Orgaard
Attend in person or call in 701-333-2980 (no password)
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec 6.
WHERE: N.D. National Guard headquarters at Fraine Barracks, Bismarck, N.D.
Building 30, small conference room
MEDIA CONTACT: Sgt 1st Class Billie Jo Lorius, 701-333-2288 or 701-426-5205