Guard Air Defenders to be Honored at Ceremony

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ADAGrand Forks, N.D. — About 225 North Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Grand Forks-based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment will be honored at a welcome home ceremony at 2 p.m., Sept. 18, 2022, on the campus of the University of North Dakota.

The event is open to the public. Livestream available at the North Dakota National Guard website.

These Soldiers were mobilized to the National Capital Region from June 2021 to July 2022, where they collaborated with other Department of Defense agencies in protecting the airspace around the Washington, D.C. area.

Governor Doug Burgum, commander in chief of the North Dakota National Guard, Sen. Hoeven, Sen. Cramer and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general, are scheduled to address the Soldiers and their Families. The event is open to the public. A livestream will be available at the North Dakota National Guard’s website.

The unit is led by Maj. Alan Roehrich and Command Sgt. Maj. Russell Garrett and is headquartered in Grand Forks with detachments in Fargo and Bismarck. 

     WHO: Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

     WHAT: Welcome Home Ceremony

     WHEN: 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022

     WHERE: Hyslop Sports Center, University of North Dakota campus

     MEDIA: The public is welcome. No pre-coordination needed.                         

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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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