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Andrea Domaskin, Published September 01 2007

Honor Flight leaves Friday

A second flight of World War II veterans leaves soon for Washington, D.C.

More than 260 veterans are expected to board a 747 on Friday as part of the WDAY World War II Honor Flight.

The flight brings veterans to see the World War II memorial and other sights in Washington free of charge.

A total of 430 people will be on the flight, including family members, medical personnel, tour guides and members of the organizing committee.

The two-day flight is the second of at least three planned by Honor Flight organizers. More than 100 veterans went on the first flight May 3-5. A third flight is planned Nov. 2-3.

The flights are being paid for with community donations. For more information go to www.wdayhonorflight.com or call Tracy Briggs at (701) 241-5240.

Airmen return

Two North Dakota Air National Guard members returned Friday from the United Arab Emirates.

Staff Sgt. Kent Shackelford and Senior Airman Ernest Trosen belong to the 119th Logistic Readiness Squadron. They deployed in February to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.

They were responsible for vehicle operations, including tow-truck driving and semi-truck driving, according to a National Guard news release. The airmen also worked in a vehicle dispatch center.

They arrived on a commercial flight to Fargo’s Hector International Airport.

Guard team forms

The Minnesota National Guard is creating a new emergency response team.

The team is designed to be deployed within six hours of emergency situations throughout the Midwest. Its soldiers are trained to provide relief until federal help arrives.

They’ll be able to search damaged buildings, rescue trapped casualties, provide decontamination, prioritize medical needs and stabilize patients to transport them to medical facilities.

The team is called the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERF-P for short.

Units that are part of this team are based in Northfield, Minneapolis, Red Wing,

St. Paul and Duluth.

Library hosts exhibit

A mobile exhibit on Midwestern prisoners of war in World War II is coming to the West Fargo Public Library.

“Behind Barbed Wire: Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany,” explores the experiences of the military members imprisoned in Hitler’s Third Reich. It’s created by TRACES, a St. Paul-based nonprofit and is housed in a converted school bus.

The bus is scheduled to be at the West Fargo Public library from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13, according to a library news release.

The bus also plans to make stops next month at North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and in Kindred, N.D.

For more information on the exhibit go to www.traces.org/buseum.html

Readers can reach Forum reporter Andrea Domaskin at (701) 241-5556