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Forum staff reports, Published May 09 2010

North Dakota Guardsmen return early from Kosovo

CAMP ATTERBURY, IND. – About 160 soldiers of the 231st Maneuver Task Force, Valley City, N.D., and the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade returned to U.S. soil Sunday.

The soldiers arrived at Camp Atterbury for demobilization processing early Sunday morning. They were greeted by Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general, who flew to Indiana on Saturday to welcome back the soldiers.

The 231st and 141st comprise about one-fourth of the 650 North Dakota National Guard soldiers who have served in Kosovo since last fall. The soldiers were initially expected to come home in July or August but were able to return several months earlier due to “the improving security situation throughout Kosovo,” according to the U.S. Army Europe.

Members of the 231st and 141st are expected to arrive in North Dakota later this week. Local airport arrival times will be published at that time.

The remaining North Dakota guardsmen are expected to return to the United States later this summer.