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Forum staff reports, Published May 03 2010

34 North Dakota airmen to return from Ghana today

Thirty-four North Dakota Air National Guard members are scheduled to return today from a two-week humanitarian mission in Ghana.

They are members of the 119th Wing Civil Engineer Squadron who deployed to Ghana April 19 to work on two major construction projects.

The group, sometimes working in temperatures above 100 degrees, made improvements to a facility that will be used to provide training to the Ghanaian Armed Forces and did renovation work on a medical laboratory facility.

The North Dakota National Guard and the Republic of Ghana have been participating since 2004 in a Defense Department-sponsored partnership program that pairs a state’s Army and Air National Guard with another country to develop economic, political and military ties.