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Forum staff reports, Published October 04 2012

North Dakota Guard Freedom Salute Ceremony slated

WAHPETON, N.D. – North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers who returned home in August after serving a year in Kuwait will be formally recognized here during a Freedom Salute Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Claire T. Blikre Activities Center at North Dakota State College of Science.

Among those thanking the 160 guardsmen and their families will be Gov. Jack Dalrymple; Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general; Sen. John Hoeven; Rep. Rick Berg; and Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Job of the North Dakota Army National Guard.

While in Kuwait, the 188th Engineers focused on construction projects, completing more than 83,000 hours of work that saved more than $1.2 million.

They also spent more than 3,000 hours operating equipment in Kuwait, and soldiers salvaged more than $200,000 in materials that were put to use.