North Dakota National Guard soldiers return from yearlong deployment on southwest border

Upon their arrival in Bismarck, the soldiers were greeted by family, friends and fellow Guard members.

Sgt. Yajua Kiromba, 957th Engineer Company (Multi-role Bridge), waves the unit's guidon after returning home on Nov. 15, 2022 at the Bismarck Municipal Airport.
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BISMARCK — The North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Engineering Company is redeploying from a yearlong role along the southwest border.

Around 70 of the 120 soldiers arrived in Bismarck on Tuesday, Nov. 15. About 30 soldiers returned last week, and another 15 are scheduled to return this weekend.

It's the largest single movement of soldiers from the unit, according to a statement from the North Dakota National Guard.

“We salute the soldiers who answered the call to serve during this important yearlong mission in support of the CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection),” said Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard. “We also are indebted to our families and employers for their support and sacrifices on behalf of their loved ones and employees.”

Upon their arrival in Bismarck, the soldiers were taken via bus to the Army Aviation Support Facility, and greeted by family, friends and fellow Guard members.


Spc. Corey McClintock was greeted by his daughters at the North Dakota National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility.
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The troops had spent the past year assisting the CBP with detection and surveillance support, under the direction of the U.S. Northern Command and Joint Task Force North .

While deployed, two soldiers were recognized for their parts in rescuing drowning migrants on March 22, 2022.

A formal welcome-home ceremony is being planned for January 2023 in Bismarck, according to the North Dakota National Guard.

Spc. Luis Alvarado (on left_ and Spc. Gracin Clem (on right)
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