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Happy Hooligans honored at Hometown Heroes Salute Ceremony Tech. Sgt. Bradly Schneider

Senior Airman Robert Ramberg, of the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron, second from right, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, the North Dakota adjutant general, during the Hometown Heroes Salute ceremony at the 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard on Sept. 11. The ceremony is honoring over 250 airmen who have deployed away from home station for more than 30 consecutive days on contingency orders from Sept. 11, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2008. This ceremony was a catch-up ceremony for the members of 119th Wing. Next year they will honor all airmen who have deployed from 2009 to 2010. From then on, the Hometown Heroes Salute will be a yearly ceremony honoring Airmen who have deployed that year. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 1,800 Happy Hooligans have deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

FARGO, N.D. – On Sept. 11, the Happy Hooligans honored more than 250 airmen during a Hometown Heroes Salute ceremony that took place at the 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard.

Gov. John Hoeven, Maj.Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, Col. Rick Gibney, 119th Wing commander and Col. Robert Becklund, former 119th Wing commander spoke to about 500 Airmen and family members during the ceremony.

“Let’s hear it for the finest Air Guard in the United States,” Hoeven said during his opening remarks inciting cheers in the audience.

“Today we come together to honor, recognize and congratulate all of you who are here today. I want to thank you as airmen…and thank your families for all that you have done, not only for your service on 9-11, but for your service every day since,” Hoeven added.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 1,800 Airmen have deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism. During the ceremony, airmen who have deployed on contingency orders for 30 consecutive days or more away from home station from Sept. 11, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2008 were recognized as they walked across a stage to shake hands with Hoeven and North Dakota National Guard leadership.

Following the ceremony, Airmen and family members celebrated ‘Family Day’ at the base.

“It is fitting that the Hometown Heroes Salute ceremony is taking place on ‘Family Day’ because this is a time to honor our families in addition to the Airmen who have deployed. Families are instrumental to the success of our airmen. We want our Airmen to fight the fight and focus on their mission and they can’t do that without the strong support of their families back home,” Sprynczynatyk said.

The Hometown Heroes Salute Ceremony was a catch up ceremony to honor all Airmen who have deployed from Sept. 11, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2008. Next year, the 119th Wing will honor Airmen who have deployed from Jan. 1, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2010, and from then on the ceremony will be a yearly event to honor Airmen who have deployed for that current year.

On Sept. 12, the Happy Hooligans will honor their Guardsmen from the Minot-based 219th Security Forces Squadron at Bud Ebert Park, Minot Air Force Base. This event will be more informal, taking place during a Family Day picnic at the base where 13 airmen will be recognized during the event.


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Date Taken:09.11.2010

Date Posted:09.11.2010 15:05

Location:FARGO, ND, USGlobe

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