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Published February 05 2010

Hooligans’ mission to Haiti canceled

Members of the Happy Hooligans of the 119th Wing in Fargo will not be traveling to Haiti to aid in relief efforts.

Eleven civil engineering airmen had made preparations for a planned four-month deployment, during which they would aid in water purification efforts in the Caribbean nation still reeling from a devastating earthquake.

They were ready to leave within hours of being notified of the mission on Jan. 19 and were awaiting air transport.

But their mission has been canceled, the North Dakota National Guard said in a statement Thursday evening.

“Our airmen were excited and ready to do their part in this mission,” said Maj. John Gibbs, 119th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron. “We stand ready. If it’s determined that they need us at a later date, we will answer the call.”

Five of the 11 airmen remain on orders and are ready to deploy if needed.

At this time, no other airmen or soldiers within the North Dakota National Guard have been called up to support the relief efforts in Haiti.