News: Medical unit receives alert for possible mobilization
BISMARCK, N.D. – A North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert notification for possible mobilization. The 814th Medical Company (Area Support), based out of Bismarck, with a detachment in Grand Forks, N.D., has been notified of their possible mobilization by their leadership.
If mobilized, approximately 65 soldiers would serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) in early 2014 for up to one year. This would be the unit’s first mobilization in support of the global war on terrorism although the 814th served on overseas deployment training exercises in Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They also participated in the North Dakota Guard’s emergency flood response in 2011 in the Bismarck-Mandan areas. The unit’s missions include triage and medical evacuation, providing emergency trauma services as well as operating troop medical clinics.
“The 814th Medical Company offers extensive depth and professional competence through medical experience and exercises that will make them successful during their mission,” said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general. “As always, their families, friends and employers will be fundamental to their success in a yearlong deployment.”
Soldiers with the unit are from 20 communities across N.D., as well as two soldiers from Minnesota and one is from Utah.
North Dakota Army National Guard units that are currently mobilized include, the Williston and Hazen, N.D. based 818th Engineer Company (Sapper), the Bismarck-based 1919th Contingency Contracting Team, Bismarck based Detachment 42 (Det. 42), and about 30 soldiers from the Fargo based 191st Military Police Company with Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Currently, there are no N.D. National Guard airmen deployed overseas in support of the global war on terrorism.
The other North Dakota National Guard units on alert for possible mobilization are the Grand Forks based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment and the 817th Engineer Company (Sapper).