Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined public and military officials, families and friends in honoring the members of the North Dakota National Guard's 814th Medical Company (Area Support) as they deploy on a yearlong mission to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dalrymple addressed about 40 soldiers and their families during a send-off ceremony at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck.
"Our country knows it can turn to North Dakota for the nation's most capable soldiers and the 814th Medical Company will carry on the North Dakota National Guard's honored tradition of distinguished military service," Dalrymple said. "This highly-skilled unit will perform an important mission while deployed to Afghanistan and will be a strong asset to the coalition forces. Our thoughts and prayers will be with these soldiers and their families and we look forward to welcoming them back home to North Dakota."
The unit is based in Bismarck with a detachment in Grand Forks and is comprised of medics, doctors, dentists, nurses and physician assistants. They will serve under the 62nd Medical Brigade and will provide patient transport between medical facilities, as well as first aid and life-saving care for coalition forces.