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Forum staff reports, Published July 22 2010

North Dakota soldiers return from Kosovo

More than 370 North Dakota soldiers returned this week from a yearlong peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.

Soldiers arrived at demobilization stations in Camp Atterbury, Ind., and Fort Benning, Ga., between Sunday and Tuesday.

The first group of about 225 guardsmen arrived Sunday in Indiana, and a second group of about 131 soldiers arrived Tuesday night.

About 15 soldiers arrived at Fort Benning this past weekend. They are all expected to return to North Dakota by the end of the week after participating in the demobilization process.

“It’s a great day in North Dakota when soldiers return home from a successful mission,” said Maj. Gen. David A. Sprynczynatyk, adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard.

About 40 North Dakota soldiers will remain in Kosovo in order to coordinate mission handover to the succeeding unit, the Puerto Rican National Guard. These remaining North Dakota soldiers are expected home by the end of the month.