Dalrymple Attends Freedom Salute to Honor Members of the North Dakota National Guard's 188th Engineer Company
BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined military and public officials, families and friends in celebrating the return and accomplishments of the North Dakota National Guard’s (NDNG) 188th Engineer Company during a Freedom Salute ceremony in Wahpeton. The unit’s 160 members returned home on August 17, following a successful year-long construction-oriented mission in Kuwait.
“We are thrilled to have the men and women of the 188th Engineer Company back home in North Dakota and we are so proud of the outstanding work they completed while in Kuwait,” Dalrymple said. “We owe them a debt of gratitude for their distinguished service, and we will never forget what they and their families have sacrificed on behalf of our state and nation.”
The 188th Engineer Company is based in Wahpeton and Oakes, and mobilized in August 2011. While in Kuwait, the soldiers completed numerous construction projects ranging from small repairs to major renovations and building construction. They completed more than 83,000 hours of work and about 160 construction projects valued at $2.2 million.
In addition to Dalrymple, participating in today’s Freedom Salute were Senator John Hoeven; Congressman Rick Berg; Major General David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general; and NDNG and 188th Engineer Company leaders.