About 300 members of the North Dakota Air and Army National Guard will be spending Christmas overseas, said Amy Wieser Willson, Fargo, deputy public information officer for the N.D. National Guard.
She said 225 Army National Guard members are overseas, most of them in Kuwait and the rest in Kosovo.
Fifty airmen with the National Guard's 119th Wing's Civil Engineer Squadron in Fargo left North Dakota earlier this month for a six-month deployment. They are now in Southwest Asia, but their specific location cannot be divulged, Wieser Willson said.
Submitted Photo • Members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 119th Civil Engineer Squadron in Fargo walk across the flight line Dec. 6, on their way to board a military aircraft for a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia, shown in this photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the N.D. National Guard has mobilized more than 3,800 soldiers and more than 1,800 airmen in support of the global war on terrorism. Besides the approximately 300 Guard members serving overseas, more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense, according to Guard officials