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Dalrymple Honors Guardsmen as They Deploy on Yearlong Mission to Cuba

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined public and military officials, families and friends in honoring the members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 191st Military Police Company as they prepare to deploy on a yearlong mission to Guantanamo, Cuba, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Dalrymple addressed the Guardsmen and their families during a send-off ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fargo.

“Our country knows it can turn to North Dakota for the nation’s most capable soldiers and the 191st Military Police Company will carry on our National Guard’s honored tradition of distinguished military service,” Dalrymple said. “While it’s difficult for these soldiers to say goodbye to their families and friends, we know they are about to perform a noble mission in defense of our nation and for that we are proud and grateful.”

About 30 soldiers of the 191st will serve in Cuba with Joint Task Force Guantanamo. They will join a 1,000-strong mission and provide police, detainment and stability operations in order to enhance security and enable mobility. This is the unit’s second deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The 191 most recently deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, from January 2008 to January 2009. The unit’s members also served on state active duty during flood fighting operations in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

 

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