Dalrymple Honors North Dakota Guardsmen for Service
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined state, federal and military officials in honoring the men and women of the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing for their heroism and service in support of the Global War on Terrorism. About 250 Airmen and their families were recognized during a Hometown Heroes event in Fargo.
“The Airmen of the 119th Wing have been a formidable force in the defense of our state and nation, and have played an integral role in supporting the Global War on Terrorism,” Dalrymple said. “We are proud of all they have accomplished and grateful for the sacrifices they and their families have made on our behalf.”
The Airmen were recognized for serving on active-duty missions both at home and abroad between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010. Awards were presented based on the number of consecutive days the Guardsmen served while on active-duty orders, ranging from 30 to more than 365 consecutive days. The Airmen’s families were also recognized with awards.
“The members of the 119th have served our state and nation with honor and distinction, and have consistently done what has been asked of them,” Dalrymple said. “No matter what the mission, no matter what the risk, no matter what the sacrifice, they have answered this nation’s call to duty and have preserved America’s freedoms for future generations.”
Joining Dalrymple at the event were Senator John Hoeven; Congressman Rick Berg; Major General David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general; Colonel Rick Gibney, 119th Wing Commander; and other civilian and military leaders.