News: Community honors 4 contracting soldiers
BISMARCK, N.D. - Four North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers found themselves surrounded by family, friends, military leaders and elected officials today. The Guardsmen, members of the highly specialized 1919th Contingency Contracting Team, received praise for their service in Afghanistan and Qatar.
"The members of the 1919th performed an important and specialized mission in Afghanistan and Qatar and did so with great precision and success," said Gov. Jack Dalrymple. "They did an outstanding job, and we are proud of all they accomplished while deployed. We are grateful to these soldiers and their families for their willingness to serve and for the sacrifices they made on our behalf."
He was among the elected officials who thanked the soldiers and their families during the Freedom Salute ceremony this morning at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck.
"These soldiers' specialized skills in planning, coordinating and issuing contracts proved vital in supporting thousands of service members in a deployed environment," said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general. "They had a great amount of responsibility overseas and yet executed their mission with great prudence and attention to detail. I'm proud of their tremendous service and thankful for the support they received from their families back home that allowed them to complete this mission so successfully."
The unit, which is led by Maj. Michael Lowe, plans, coordinates and issues contracts for supplies and services that support U.S. military forces. After their November 2012 send-off, the four Guardsmen were dispersed to conduct that mission. They reunited upon their return to the United States in August and September of this year.
"Thank you to our families, friends and employers for their support during our deployment to Afghanistan. We could not have completed our mission without it. Their continued support is making the transition to civilian life that much smoother," said Lowe.
In addition to Lowe, the unit includes Sgt. 1st Class Heidi Sigl, the unit's senior enlisted leader, Staff Sgt. Cody Martin and Staff Sgt. Curtis Richter. All four reside in Bismarck.