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Home from Afghanistan doesn’t mean back to Belle Fourche

The Belle Fourche Dschaak family may be an example of how today’s National Guard is a different creature than before the terrorist attacks of September 2001.

Sgt. 1st Class Brent Dschaak and son Jake are home with the 842nd Engineer Co. after a year in Afghanistan, but both are looking at some big changes.

It’s increasingly typical for National Guard soldiers in an era of overseas deployments and promotions that take senior people into different units instead of spending an entire Guard career in one unit in one community.

Brent, who had been full time with the National Guard at Belle Fourche and Spearfish armories with the 842nd will be moving to Huron with the 153rd Engineer Battalion headquarters where he will be readiness noncommissioned officer.

He’ll be taking not only his experience with the 842nd in the Northern Hills, but also experience in two overseas deployments to war zones.

Dschaak was with the 842nd in Iraq when the unit as a whole leveled ground for major bases and built or repaired roads in the country.

In Afghanistan he filled a number of positions ranging from handling logistical convoys as noncommissioned officer in charge to working with Afghanistan National Army people.

Capt. Allen Godsell, the officer who commanded the 842nd in Afghanistan and served with the unit as a new lieutenant in Iraq, said he hates seeing Dschaak leave the unit.

“We call him THE Dschaak,” Godsell said. “He is just a super man in his own right. There’s just an outstanding human being.”

“I actually hate to see him heading out to Battalion,” he said, adding that Dschaak definitely deserved his promotion last spring in Afghanistan.

Dschaak’s last four months in Afghanistan may have been one of the most difficult assignments for any American serving in that complex war zone.

“I worked as an advisor with the Afghan National Army,” he said.

His work was to help bring Afghan Army engineers up to a professional level as a military road building and earth moving organization.

Godsell said that recent news of Afghan soldiers ambushing the American soldiers sent to train them was a concern, but teaching engineers was a different kind of mission.

“When we were training them,” he said, “It was skill based.”

“Also, we took real serious the guardian angel concept where they knew we had people watching them,” Godsell said.

“We were really working hard with our interpreters,” Godsell said. “You take care of them as absolutely well as you can, and they took care of us.”

That, Godsell said, is invaluable experience for Dschaak even though that kind of duty could be exhausting. It also proved Dschaak had the cultural sensitivity to work well with people who come from an entirely foreign culture in their own environment.

Jake had been doing regular engineer work with heavy equipment.

He said he plans to head to the University of Minnesota.

The third Dschaak serving overseas is Brent and Diana’s oldest son Casey.

The couple said they don’t know what the regular Army 1st lieutenant plans for his own career.

The three Dschaaks serving in Afghanistan this past year carried on a military tradition in their mother’s family.

Steel-covered Bibles from the World War II era, one from her late father and two she found on eBay, went with each of the three into harm’s way.

Citation:  original article posted here: Home from Afghanistan doesn’t mean back to Belle Fourche



JOINT AIRDROP: Logistics operation resupplies Comabt Outpost Chergotah

by Spc. Erik-James Estrada
Task Force Spartan Public Affairs

3/8/2012 - KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan  – A joint airdrop operation between Task Force Spartan, the U.S. Air Force, the Afghan Border Patrol and local militia Arbici was conducted to resupply paratroopers of Task Force Blue Geronimo at Combat Outpost Chergotah, a first for the area, Feb. 28.
Paratroopers from Task Force Blue Geronimo conducted a drop zone survey two weeks prior in an effort to find a safer alternative method to re-supply Combat Outpost Chergotah.

“This particular drop sets up for future drops, especially for the rebuilding of the COP,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Botts, assistant operations for S-3, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment (Airborne), a native of Hermiston, Ore. “It really sets up the unit for success in being able to supply them with more equipment,” A C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft was used in the joint effort to test drop 20 bundles of container delivery systems consisting of water and meals ready to eat, using low-cost high-velocity parachutes.
“None of the parachutes failed making for an easy recovery,” said 1st Lt. Casey Dschaak, platoon leader for 2nd Platoon, Comanche Company, Task Force Blue Geronimo, a native of Belle Fourche, S.D.

“This method allows for more supplies to get in here, definitely giving us more ‘bang for the buck.’ It’s safer. You’re not moving huge convoys out here on the roads and there’s so many supplies that you’re able to store for future operations,” added Dschaak.

Despite taking two rounds of indirect fire, the operation continued and there were no further incidents to jeopardize the paratroopers or the operation.

“I feel that the airdrop is safer, more expedient than a convoy because a convoy has to get mission prepped,” said Spc. Larry-Pablo Flores-Berrier, a paratrooper with 2nd Platoon, Comanche Company, Task Force Blue Geronimo, hailing from Las Vegas. “And on top of that, the road has many dangers, which can be IEDs, or anything, and that brings more complications, where as (the airdrop) took a max three hours.”

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Chris Dschaak is a senior playing QB for the Belle Fourche Broncos in South Dakota. You can see his profile on CBS Sports PROFILE

Here’s some highlights posted on You Tube!


Chris Dschaak and P.T. Thomas of Belle Fourche captured weight class titles at the Custer Invitational Wrestling Tournament last weekend. Dschaak was 4-0 at 145 pounds. He defeated Cameron Braden of Moorcroft, Wyo., 12-8 in the championship bout. Thomas posted a 4-0 record at 195 pounds. The Bronc downed Mario Lupercio of Hill City 13-8 in the finals.

Source: As published on Belle Fourche Dec. 5, 2011


During the November signing season Cincinnati Marlin, Alex Dschaak, signed a National Letter of Intent to swim for Marshall University. She signed at a signing ceremony at Loveland High School on Nov. 10, 2010.

Alex is a senior at Loveland High School. Alex is the daughter of Martin and Tanya Dschaak. In the last 3 years of swimming for LHS she has been named a FAVC All-Conference swimmer 11 times and finalist each year at the Ohio High School State Championship Swimming and Diving Meet. Last year at State she made finals in the 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay. She finished 15th overall in both the 100 Freestyle and 100 Back. The relays finished 12th and 6th respectively.

Alex has been swimming competitively since she was 6 years old when she joined the Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA). She has been a Cincinnati Marlin for 8 years. She joined the club after moving to Cincinnati from Michigan. Her accomplishments as a swimmer for the Marlins includes Central Zone Open Water Champion (2005 Zone Meet, 11-12 Girls), several Ohio Junior Olympic relay championships, multiple finals appearances at Ohio Junior Olympic Championship meets, Zone and Sectional qualifier. She says, “I have swam for 3 teams, all in different states, California, Michigan, and Ohio. Marlins is my favorite out of all.”

Source: As published on Nov. 28, 2010

Marshall University Swim Team Bio: Alex Dschaak


Harry Dschaak was the running mate of presidential candidate Sterling D. Allan of the Providential Party.  He wrote the following essay on why he should be vice president:

Oct. 24, 2004

To Andy Davis, and all other inclined readers,

My name is Harry Dschaak, and for the next few days I’m the running mate of Sterling D. Allan, representing the Providential Party in the 2004 Presidential election. (See I have just recieved the attached message and inquiry as to my plan to improve the United States of America, and have been prompted to name three main issues of major importance to me, etc.

Believe it or not, this is a rare occasion for me. In consideration and contemplation of any of the changes in US policy or image overhaul I would like to help initiate, I’ve personally never taken the time to choose or prioritize any particular issue over the next. That might seem odd, (considering the nature of politicians and their campaigns), but that should be your first clue as to how radically different I am than the front runners.

It is apparent to me that there are responsible men and women of voting age in America that have not lost hope for the future of America, (and the world), but have abandoned or distanced themselves from present day government and politics. These valiant souls are more common than I first thought, and for now at least, they are still free. They understand freedom, and democracy. They recognize that both are being redefined at every turn. They gave up voting, because it doesn’t take a mathematical genious to realize their vote would be a wasted registered vote. That aside, they are coming to recognize tyranny, and anarchy, and apathy, NOT from actions of those hard to identify middle eastern countries only, but here, in the homeland.

Whether they would vote for me or not, I would like to band with these types of Americans, and as one equal among them I would propose the following:

First: During the first 8 to 12 months in office, (call it a discovery period), as the Vice President, I would like to hear from every American adult, in writing, just what’s on their mind. I would enlist the help of volunteers in every community in every State to sort, read, and file, each signed letter in a national database. I would make the information public. I would not rely on the polls, the rumors, the House of Representatives, or the opinions of anyone anywhere, as to what the mind and will of the American people might be. I am an advocate for Insight and Awareness wherever it can be found. I believe those two things are essential in making good choices… (especially if the choice is a multiple choice). FWIW, I would not hesitate to choose leaders from among the civilian ranks, if something Joe Public wrote in his letter impressed me.

Second: In the interest of healing America, and going forward as One Nation under God, I would spend some time cleaning house. Agenda driven, me-firsters would be systematically replaced by the meek, (not the weak meek mind you), as soon as they were discovered. For four years at least, there would be no secrets. No shadow government would reign here. All Oaths of secrecy involving the civilian population would be declared absolved, and immunity of some kind would be offered to anyone troubled by their predicament. Some really bad guys might avoid justice for a while, but the bit about plausable deniability is just not acceptable. If we’re a team, then we’d better make sure we’re all on the same team. For the first time in American history, this country’s left hand just might be shocked to discover what the right hand has been up to all these years. A Nation proud will have nothing to hide, and should not have any problem coming clean. Campaign slogan: “Honesty is the best policy”.

Third: Get back on track. I’m not sure just how long ago American leaders headed us down the primrose path, but it definitely has a dead end. The use of fossil fuels, and even cleaner energy such as electricity and nuclear power can’t compare to free energy. I would support any and all efforts to pass legislation to provide tax breaks or other incentives to anyone wishing to study, research, or develop devices that will in any way curb our waste and reduce our dependency on oil. We have yet to learn to compliment Mother Earth, and not abuse her.

For the record, in the last election I deviated from my usual third party candidate wasted vote and voted for Bush, in the Republican dominated State of Idaho, which means I am as much to blame for the mess we’re in as anybody. I feel really bad about that.

Just so you’ll know, I have enjoyed this opportunity to say a few things about a few things. I guess I have an opinion on just about everything, including this election. I do not want anyone to think that I think it is an inspired or fair process, or even a democratic process. It is ridiculous to the bone. Just one of the many things that needs overhauled.

Thank you,




Source: complete post on, Oct. 25, 2004

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