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North Dakota National Guard unit honored at homecoming event

October 24, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Members of a Bismarck-based North Dakota National Guard unit who were called to active duty in Washington, D.C. late last year were recognized Sunday at a homecoming ceremony.

Seventy soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion of the 285th Aviation Regiment were deployed last November to the the nation’s capital. The unit flies the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and was called up to transport personnel and light cargo within what’s known as the National Capital Region.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said the unit successfully flew about 1,300 hours and completed more than 50 mission requests during the nine-month deployment. Burgum and U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer attended the ceremony in Bismarck.

“Today we welcome home the men and women who have spent nine months ensuring the security of our nation’s capital,” Hoeven said.