FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers who served a year in Kuwait will be formally recognized during a Freedom Salute ceremony Sunday in Wahpeton, N.D.
The 160 members of the 188th Engineer Company (Vertical), along with their families, will be honored during the 2:30 p.m. ceremony at the Claire T. Blikre Activities Center on the North Dakota State College of Science campus.
Among those thanking the Guardsmen and their families will be Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, Sen. John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg and Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Job, North Dakota Army National Guard senior enlisted leader.
The soldiers deployed in August 2011 and returned home August 2012. While in Kuwait, the 188th Engineers focused on construction projects, completing more than 83,000 hours of work that saved more than $1.2 million. They also spent more than 3,000 hours operating equipment in Kuwait and soldiers salvaged more than $200,000 in materials that were put to use. The Guardsmen renovated numerous trailers - including electrical work, sheetrock placement and more - for work areas and living quarters, and constructed additional facilities during their time overseas.
This weekend brings the third post-deployment Yellow Ribbon Reintegration weekend for the soldiers and their families, along with the Freedom Salute ceremony. The event recognizes National Guard members who have deployed, awards their families, and allows the Guardsmen to thank others who have positively influenced their lives during their overseas military service.
WHO: North Dakota Army National Guard's 188th Engineer Company (Vertical)
WHAT: Freedom Salute Ceremony
WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012
WHERE: Claire T. Blikre Activities Center, 14th Ave. N., North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, N.D.
MEDIA: No precoordination required. Sgt. Erin Walters will be on site to assist.