Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined public and military officials, families and friends in honoring four members of the North Dakota National Guard's 1919th Contingency Contracting Team following a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan and Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dalrymple addressed the Guardsmen and their families during a Freedom Salute ceremony at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck.
"Today, we officially welcome home the members of the 1919th Contingency Contracting Team and formally thank them for a job well done," Dalrymple said. "This highly-specialized unit performed an important mission while deployed to Afghanistan and Qatar and did so with great skill and precision. We are grateful to them and their families for their willingness to serve and for the outstanding job they did on behalf of our state and nation."
The Bismarck-based unit deployed in November 2012 and returned home in August and September of this year. The unit has 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 other foreign businesses.