Bridge Engineers Honored on Eve of Mission to Middle East

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Six Soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) will be honored at 1 p.m. on July 27 as they prepare to serve in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations in Kuwait. The sendoff open house will be held in room 386 at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, and is open to the public.

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard, will host the event.   

The Soldiers will train at Fort Bliss, Texas before traveling overseas where they will serve as engineer technical assistance and advisors for at least one year. The unit was alerted in Nov. 2017.

The officer in charge of the detachment is 1st Lt. Ryan Blumhagen of Drake, North Dakota and the senior non-commissioned officer is Staff Sgt. Taylor Braaten, of Fargo.

The unit deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and sent about 90 to Kosovo from 2009 to 2010 in support of North Dakota National Guard-led NATO peacekeeping mission.


Who: Six Soldiers from the 957th Engineer Company 

What: Sendoff off open house in preparation for mobilization

When: 1 p.m., Saturday, July 27

Where: Raymond J. Bohn armory (room 386), 4200 Miriam Ave, Bismarck, N.D.


Media contact: Bill Prokopyk 701-220-7277



The North Dakota National Guard is a trained and highly motivated force of about 4,000 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen.  We are always prepared to provide ready units, individuals and equipment in support of our communities, state and nation. Always ready, always there.


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