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Adjutant General Speaks on Loss of Velva National Guard Airman

The Dakotan
 June 30, 2022
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FARGO — Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general, made the following statement regarding the death of a North Dakota National Guard Airman, Master Sgt. Brandon Sola, Velva.

“Our North Dakota National Guard family mourns the loss of one of our family members,” said
Dohrmann. “We will always remember Brandon’s commitment to the National Guard and to law
enforcement. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends and fellow Airmen during this tragic time.”

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol statement issued this morning, Sola was killed on
June 28 in a motorcycle accident on I-94 near West Fargo.

“The entire Hooligan family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” said Col. Mitch
Johnson, 119th Wing commander. “My top priority right now is to ensure we provide full support
to the Airman’s family, friends and co-workers. All available Wing resources are at their disposal.”

A native of Velva, North Dakota, Sola, 36, has been a member of the 119th Wing’s Happy Hooligans since 2003. He earned a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Ashford University and
a Community College of the Air Force degree in Aircraft Maintenance.

In his full-time civilian occupation, Sola was serving as the Chief of Police in Carrington, North Dakota.

“On behalf of the City of Carrington we offer our condolences to the family and friends of our
Police Chief, Brandon Sola, who died in an off duty traffic accident in Cass County”, said
Carrington Mayor Tom Erdmann. “Brandon joined our police department in November 2021. He was an enthusiastic and welcomed leader in our city. Brandon worked each and every day for the safety of our community. Together we mourn his death and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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