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From Mechanic to Chaplain: North Dakota Guard Welcomes New Pastor

Andrew and Dawson Noyes pin a cross on the uniform of their father, 1st Lt. Scott E. Noyes, June 12 at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck, N.D. Noyes, of Ulen, Minn., was welcomed as the newest chaplain in the North Dakota National Guard during a ceremony. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Nicole Frohlich, North Dakota National Guard)

The North Dakota Army National Guard has welcomed 1st Lt. Scott E. Noyes, of Ulen, Minn., as its newest chaplain. Noyes, who serves with Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Battalion (Security and Support), officially joined the Chaplain Corps during a June 12 ceremony at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck, N.D.

Noyes' sons, Andrew and Dawson, had the honor of pinning the cross on their dad's dress uniform as Noyes' daughter, Kaylee, and wife, Donna, watched. They were joined by several other friends and family members, including Noyes' parents, Bob and Judy Possen, of West Fargo.; brother Rob Noyes, of Moorhead, Minn.; Pastor Bryan Ornquist; and Allen Russell, Noyes' endorser, and Russell's wife, Carol.

"I am very excited to welcome Chaplain Noyes into the Chaplaincy Corps. He has worked long and hard to get this point, and I have no doubt that he will serve the men and women of the North Dakota National Guard very well," said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Johnson, North Dakota National Guard staff chaplain

Noyes completed a graduate degree in Christian ministries from Liberty University, Va., in December 2012.

"It means many things to receive my cross," he said. "It's a confirmation of completion as I move forward after being a chaplain candidate for so long. It's also a great reflection of all the people that helped and lent support to get to this accomplishment."

Noyes enlisted in the Guard in 2000 and served as a light-wheel vehicle mechanic in Devils Lake, N.D., prior to serving as a chaplain candidate.

"It was a calling. I did not choose to become a chaplain, I was called," he said. "I look forward to what the future holds."

Noyes will assume his religious leadership role with the 136th Combat Service Support Battalion in August.

"I am excited about what God's got planned. I will miss aviation, as that has been my family since 2008, but God has great plans," he said.