Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined military leaders, families and friends in welcoming home members of the North Dakota National Guard's 1919th Contingency Contracting Team as they returned to North Dakota after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan and Qatar. The soldiers returned to the U.S. last week and completed their demobilization process at Camp Shelby, Miss. The four-member unit deployed in November of last year.
"Today, we celebrate the return of four of our heroes who selflessly put their lives on hold and on the line for nine months to serve their country," Dalrymple said. "These soldiers performed a specialized and important mission and did so with great skill and success. We are thrilled to have them back in North Dakota and with their families. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their distinguished service to our state and nation."
The members of the Bismarck-based unit have specialized skills in planning, coordinating and issuing contracts for supplies and services required for supporting U.S. military forces overseas. While deployed, they were responsible for contracting support with civilian organizations, including American contractors, in-country contractors and foreign businesses.